St. Mary’s Cemetery

Located in the heart of South Minneapolis, St. Mary’s Cemetery is an urban gem, characterized by gentle hills, towering trees and majestic monuments.

This beautiful 65-acre property was originally opened as a parish cemetery in 1873 by the Church of the Immaculate Conception, now the Basilica of St. Mary. Since that time, St. Mary’s has had more than 65,000 interments. Besides the cemetery’s traditional burial plots, St. Mary’s Garden Mausoleum, which opened in 1994, offers 600 crypts and 200 cremation niches.

A focal point of the cemetery is the memorial to the firefighters of the City of Minneapolis, symbolizing the sense of reverence and honor that permeates St. Mary’s.

The splendor and history of St. Mary’s is a place that chronicles the passage of time, where we can honor the people, events and cultures that have shaped our Minneapolis community.”

Sr. Fran Donnelly, LifeTransitions Ministry

ST. MARY’S CEMETERY INFO

HOURS

CEMETERY GROUNDS
7 days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

OFFICE HOURS
While the office at St. Mary’s is closed, we are available by phone Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm.

ADDRESS

4403 Chicago Ave.
Minneapolis, MN  55407

DIRECTIONS

From 94 in Minneapolis, exit 35W South to 46th Street and turn Left (east). Drive approximately 8 blocks to Chicago Avenue and turn left (north). St. Mary’s Cemetery is on your right.

CONTACT

EMAIL
info@catholic-cemeteries.org

PHONE
(651) 488-8866

FAX
(651) 454-0263

Cemetery Rules & Regulations

Decorations

To better serve all families who entrust their beloved to our care and visit this cemetery, and to maintain your Catholic cemetery in a neat and presentable manner, we have instituted the following guidelines:

  • Decorating the grave with fresh cut flowers is welcomed and encouraged. Permanent flower vases can be purchased at the cemetery office.
  • To protect both visitors and cemetery workers from injury during use of heavy equipment, artificial flowers are not permitted in the cemeteries during the mowing season (April through October), except in monument vases.
  • Glass containers are not permitted at any burial site at any time.
  • Artificial flowers, decorations or other ornaments are allowed during the days immediately before and after Memorial Day, or at the discretion of the Cemetery management.
  • Natural evergreen wreaths are permitted from November through early March, and may be purchased through the cemetery office.
  • No planting of any kind may be done in the ground at grave sites; decorations deemed objectionable can be removed at the discretion of the Cemetery management.
  • Flowers, plants and decorations placed on graves during the mowing season of April through October will be removed weekly in order to carry out the normal lawn care and maintenance procedures.
  • Special occasions such as holidays or holy days may necessitate special rules and instructions; please contact the cemetery office for assistance.
  • Only cemetery approved and supplied flower vases and emblems are permitted on mausoleum crypt or niche faces. Please visit the cemetery office to inquire about these flower vases and emblems. All other vases, emblems, and other decorations will be deemed inappropriate and removed at cemetery discretion.
  • Flowers placed at the time of an interment will be left a minimum of three days. It is suggested that potted plants from funerals not be left in the cemetery since they will be discarded. The Catholic Cemeteries cannot accept responsibility for ensuring that flowers and other decorations remain in place.
  • Each week during the growing season cemetery personnel remove unsightly (wilted flowers) decorations from graves, crypts and niches. Normally, spring clean-up begins in early March, weather permitting, and all winter decorations are removed at this time. Fall clean-up begins in October and all summer decorations are removed at this time.
  • It is not possible for cemetery employees to attend all areas of the cemeteries during normal cemetery hours. As a consequence, there are occasions when flowers and decorations have been stolen. The cemetery cannot assume any liability for decorations placed on burial sites. We recommend that families take this into consideration when selecting flowers or decorations for graves, crypts or niches.
Lot Ownership & Maintenance

Persons desiring to purchase lots should visit the Cemetery where the Family Services Counselor will aid them in making a selection. (Burial Options/Contact us)

The general care of the Cemetery is assumed by The Catholic Cemeteries and includes the cutting of grass at reasonable intervals, the raking and cleaning of the grounds, and the pruning of shrubs and trees that have been placed by The Catholic Cemeteries. The general care assumed by The Catholic Cemeteries shall in no case mean the maintenance, repair or replacement of any vase, basket, bench or memorial placed or erected upon lots.

Lot owners desiring additional care of their lots may arrange for such care with the Cemetery Office, which will be glad to give an estimate of the cost of the work desired. Upon payment of the fees, Management will provide the services within a reasonable period of time.

Ongoing, additional care by the cemetery staff can be arranged by the lot owner through the establishment of an endowment created with the assistance of the Corporate Office.

The laws of the State of Minnesota govern the descent of title to cemetery lots, as well as other matters pertaining to assignments, conveyances, devises, trust deeds and inalienability. The Management will gladly assist any lot owner who desires information or advice on questions pertaining to his/her lot.

Burials

In order to maintain a high standard of care and to eliminate sunken graves caused by collapse of wooden boxes it is required that all burials be made in an approved outer burial container. All such containers must be so made and installed as to meet specifications established by the Management.

The Catholic Cemeteries reserves the right to insist upon adequate and reasonable notice prior to any interment.

The appropriate disposition of cremated remains is inurnment or entombment within an established cemetery. The scattering of cremated remains is prohibited. Other practices, such as division of cremated remains, are not in accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church. (link to cremation)