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The Catholic Cemeteries 2023 Events

We are proud to offer many events open to the public this year. Below are a list of all of our upcoming events. To learn more click on the toggle button to the right of each event.

Nature Photography Contest - June - October 2023

This year The Catholic Cemeteries is offering a Nature Photography Contest!

When you are visiting one of our five cemeteries between June 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023, take a picture of wildlife and nature (i.e. deer, birds, flowers, trees, etc)! Then download the registration form and the contest rules below and submit your photo with your signed form to enter!

To learn more and download the rules and registration forms CLICK HERE

September Pre-Planning Seminars - Resurrection & Gethsemane

Date & Time: Saturday, September 30, 2023 – 10:00am (GETHSEMANE ONLY)

Register for our free ‘no obligation’ educational seminar regarding cemetery and financing options. Registration is required and space is limited. To register CLICK HERE  or call 651-228-9991.

Labyrinth Grief Retreat - Saturday, September 23rd

Location: Resurrection Cemetery

Date & Time: Saturday, September 23, 2023 – 9:00am – 11:00am

The labyrinth is a spiritual tool for integrating mind, body and spirit. You are invited to come to a “grief walk” on the sacred path of the labyrinth. This mini retreat will be held in our Mausoleum Chapel and will feature an indoor canvas labyrinth and more. Sheryl Rose, MA, a Spritual Director and Labyrinth Faccilitator, will be our guide as you step your way through your healing journey. No cost but registration is required. Space is limited to 15 people. To register please CLICK HERE.

St. Mary's Cemetery Historic Walking Tour - October 11

Location: St. Mary’s Cemetery

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11th at 2:00pm

Join us on Wednesday, October 11th for a free tour of Historic St. Mary’s Cemetery to learn about our infamous and influential residents! Registration is required and space is limited. To register please CLICK HERE

Calvary Cemetery Historic Walking Tour - October 12

Location: Calvary Cemetery

Date & Time: Thursday, October 12th at 10:00am

Join us on Thursday, October 12th for a free tour of Historic Calvary Cemetery to learn about our infamous and influential residents! Registration is required and space is limited. To register please CLICK HERE.

Of Womb and Tomb Seminar for Professionals - Friday, October 27th

Location: Guardian Angels Church (8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128)

Date & Time: Friday, October 27, 2023 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: $50 per person (special discount for groups of 5 or more – download form below)

Continuing Education Units will be available

Registration Link: CLICK HERE

Printable Registration Form for 5 or More Attendees: PDF Document or WORD Document

Ministering to those who lost a child before birth. Educational workshops and resources for professionals. 

The goal of this day is to be of service to professional ministers who wish to accompany those experiencing this type of loss, on their grief journey. Author Kate Williams is familiar with this kind of pain and loss. She compiled a number of resources to help those suffering this kind of grief. Our seminar will address this particular grief experience as well as offer a choice of breakout sessions on ritual/music with Kate Williams and Michael Sylhavy, or the psychological insight for those experiencing this type of grief, with Lindsey Wimmer.

For: liturgists and musicians, pastoral care, nurses, pastors, hospital chaplains, mortuary students, funeral directors, grief counselors, seminarians, spiritual directors, etc.

Of Womb and Tomb - An Evening of Prayer and Ritual - Friday, October 27th

Location: Guardian Angels Church

Address: 8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128

Date & Time: Friday, October 27, 2023 – 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Grieving the Unspoken Loss 

For those who have lost a child before birth, and for all who seek to comfort them. It will be an evening to acknowledge & share the experience of losing a child before birth. Kate Williams, author of the book, Of Womb and Tomb, will speak on loss, followed by a special prayer and ritual service led by Kate Williams and Michael Silhavy.

All are welcome to this free event. No registration required. If you have any questions about this event please contact us at 651-228-9991 or email info@catholic-cemeteries.org.

Download the printable flyer by clicking HERE

Speaker Bios:

Kate is the Vice President of Sacred Music at GIA Publications, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois as well as a Masters of Arts in Liturgical Studies degree from Catholic Theological Union in Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago where it was her privilege to study as a distinguished Bernardin Scholar.  

She serves as workshop leader, consultant, and musician in the Archdiocese of Chicago and abroad, following a passion to serve in multicultural, multigenerational communities, while mentoring young voices and building bridges through music ministry.

Michael Silhavy is an editor at GIA Publications, Inc. and has worked in parish, grade school, university, cathedral, and diocesan settings. His work at GIA centers around choral and congregational music, humnals, and working with composers and authors to create musical and liturgical resources for both Roman Catholic congregations and the wider ecumenical community. Publications include Blest Are Those Who Mourn: Music for the Order of Christian Funeral, Second Edition and Amen, Alleluia! A Resource for Praying Farewell. For 17 years Michael was a staff member for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, serving in the Worship Office and Parish Services Team.

Michael holds degrees in music education (De Paul University), theology (Loyola University, Chicago) and liturgical studies (St. John’s University).

Christmas Mass of Remembrance - Saturday, December 2nd

Location: Lumen Christi Catholic Church

Address: 2055 Bohland Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55116

Date & Time: Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 10:00am

The Catholic Cemeteries will once again be offering a Christmas Mass of Remembrance, in person!  After a 3-year break because of Covid, the annual Mass of Remembrance will be offered in person.  Due to the high numbers of people that usually attend, this year we will offer one mass only,  at Lumen Christi Church.  In the past we offered a mass at both Resurrection Cemetery and Gethsemane Cemetery.  This year, there will be only 1 mass for anyone who would like to attend.

You can visit Lumen Christi Catholic Church’s Website here: https://www.lumenchristicc.org/

Labyrinth Grief Retreat - Saturday, December 9th

Location: Gethsemane Cemetery

Date & Time: Saturday, December 9, 2023 – 9:00am – 11:00am

The labyrinth is a spiritual tool for integrating mind, body and spirit. You are invited to come to a “grief walk” on the sacred path of the labyrinth. This mini retreat will be held in our Mausoleum Chapel and will feature an indoor canvas labyrinth and more. Sheryl Rose, MA, a Spritual Director and Labyrinth Faccilitator, will be our guide as you step your way through your healing journey. No cost but registration is required. Space is limited to 15 people. To register please CLICK HERE

WEBINAR: Why Memorialization is so important - Tuesday, December 12th

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 12, 2023 – 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Join us via Zoom on December 12th, 2023 for a half-hour webinar on why memorialization is so important. There will be a 10 minute presentation followed by 20 minutes of questions and answers. Registration is required. To register please CLICK HERE.

Planning ahead brings peace of mind.

Pre-planning ensures that wishes are made known and that survivors are spared the stress of making last-minute decisions while grieving. Our professional Family Service Specialists are available to meet with you at a convenient time to guide you through everything involved with the pre-planning process. There is no obligation to make a purchase.