Grave Decorations for Memorial DayDuring the days before and after Memorial Day, artificial flowers, potted plants, decorations and other ornaments are allowed. These types of decorations can be placed on graves beginning at noon on Thursday, May 25, and remain there until Sunday, June 4. Decorations should be removed by this date; otherwise, the cemetery staff will begin pickup on Monday, June 5. After that time, we request fresh-cut flowers only during the growing season.
Memorial Day Flowers available for purchase
Over the Memorial Day weekend, a variety of floral bouquets will be available for purchase at Calvary, Gethsemane, Resurrection and St. Mary's cemeteries, and at St. Anthony's on Memorial Day only. Sales booths will be located near the entrances of each cemetery while supplies last.
Recognizing veterans over Memorial Day weekend
Traditionally, before Memorial Day, a local Boy Scout troop and a veteran's group place American flags on the gravesites of veterans marked by those gravestones provided by the Veterans Administration (VA), at Resurrection and Gethsemane cemeteries, respectively. For families visiting the graves of veterans not marked with a VA-provided gravestone, flags can be purchased for a minimal charge at the outdoor flower stands in both cemeteries. In addition, a limited supply will be available in the cemetery offices one week prior to Memorial Day.
Commemorating veterans, living and deceased
At each of the Memorial Day Masses, at all the cemeteries, The Catholic Cemeteries will offer a special recognition of and prayer for all veterans. Cards will be available to write the names of living and deceased veterans. The cards will be brought forward at the offertory and all will be remembered in the Mass intentions. Look for the tables and cards in or near the tents that are set up for Mass. There will be someone there to assist you. These cards will also be available in the cemetery offices the week before and during the Memorial Day weekend prior to Mass time on Memorial Day.
News & Events
On Saturday, December 10, 2016 The Catholic Cemeteries hosted a
Gethsemane Cemetery's new Mausoleum was recently featured in the Catholic Cemetery Magazine, titled "Flexible Plan Allows Gethsemane Cemetery to Expand As Needed"
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Reprinted with permission from Catholic Cemetery Magazine, June 2016 edition
St. Mary's Cemetery was recently featured in a community newsletter for the Field, Regina, and Northrup neighborhoods in south Minneapolis. Read full article...
Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration and Rededication Ceremony
at St. Anthony Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN
On November 7, 2015,
dozens gathered for a ceremony honoring Corporal Daniel Bracken, who was killed
at the Battle of Nashville on December 16, 1864. Daniel Bracken enlisted on
September 4, 1862 and was with Company K of the 10th Minnesota
Infantry Volunteers. Born in Maine, he died at age 23. Speakers from the
Governor’s Civil War Commemoration Task Force and a historian presented,
followed by the Rededication ceremony.
Below: Civil War Reenactors
Girl's Unmarked Gravestone Replaced After 92 Years
For more information, please see WCCO's story at: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/08/02/girls-unmarked-gravestone-replaced-after-92-years/
September 22, 2012
150 years after the Civil War
Grave of St. Paul soldier who died at the Battle of Antietam was rededicated at historic Calvary Cemetery
Click here for full press release.
September 22, 2012
Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn Dedicated the Peaceable Kingdom Garden at Resurrection Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum.
The pavers laid in the patio of the Garden are each available to be inscribed with name and dates of a person that was loved and whose relatives wished to remember them in a special, enduring tribute. The garden surrounding the patio serves as a place of prayer and reflection for anyone seeking comfort following a loss, and the gardens have now been lovingly dedicated and are open to all seeking a place of solace, peace and remembrance. To learn more about the garden and the cost to have a paver inscribed click here.