What’s Going on in Our Cemeteries
The latest news about our 5 beautiful cemeteries
Tree Removal at St. Mary’s Cemetery
You may have noticed a lot of activity at St. Mary’s Cemetery. We are in the process of having about 40 trees removed and winter is the best time of year for this work. The health of our trees is very important and to minimize the spread of disease, we work with the city for such removal efforts. This is included as part of our maintenance program.
Pond Restoration at Resurrection Cemetery
All those who visit Resurrection Cemetery have seen its lovely pond, but now the pond is undergoing a restoration process. This is a before and current photo as of November of 2021. The work is scheduled to happen between the Fall of 2021 and in the Spring of 2022. Thank you for your patience as we update this beautiful area!
Flags for the Veterans at St. Mary’s Cemetery
In honor of Veteran’s Day, so we want to thank the members of the Maria Sanford Chapter of the DAR, who visited St. Mary’s Cemetery and placed flags on the graves of veterans. They have also been so helpful in cleaning and preserving their memorials, as we mentioned in the recent Heritage newsletter. We are honored that our cemeteries are the final resting place of so many courageous women and men. We are so grateful to all of those who have served and continue to serve our country. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifice today and always.
Stolen Vases at Resurrection Cemetery
It has been reported that a number of bronze vases at Resurrection Cemetery have been stolen. The Mendota Heights Police have been alerted and ask property owners to contact them directly at 651-452-1366 to file a police report. A copy of this police report will need to be sent to the Resurrection Cemetery Office to facilitate vase replacement. Please contact the Resurrection Cemetery Office at 651-454-5072 if you have any questions.
New Feature at Resurrection Cemetery
A beautiful new feature has been added in Section 7 at Resurrection Cemetery: a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It was chosen as a symbol of God’s boundless and passionate love for humankind. It sits atop the Columbarium/Ossuary and overlooks the entire section. Please stop and take a look at it the next time you visit!
Power Line Work at Resurrection Cemetery
You may notice equipment that Xcel Energy will be staging on the property of The Catholic Cemeteries while they replace some of the oldest lines in Minnesota. The towers and lines that run through Resurrection Cemetery that service the airport will be removed and replaced. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Area Restoration and Roadwork at Calvary Cemetery
When visiting Calvary cemetery, you may notice that some roads have been repaved. Other areas are undergoing restoration, where roads have been removed to allow for new sections so families can choose to be buried in the same area where their loved ones are interred. In the life of a cemetery, roads are intended to be taken out as more earth burial graves are needed. Eventually, a cemetery will wind up with a road around its perimeter with one or two roads going through the inside of the cemetery. We thank you for your patience, your presence and continued patronage of this historic cemetery.
Students Clean Markers at Resurrection & Calvary Cemeteries
In early June juniors from Cretin-Derham Hall High School visited Resurrection and Calvary cemeteries, where they cleaned off markers of our religious sisters and brothers. We’re so grateful for the ministry they provide and their dedication to serving the memory of those who have gone before us.
New Columbarium at Gethsemane Cemetery
We’re excited to announce that a new columbarium has recently been installed at Gethsemane cemetery. Columbariums are structures with individual “niches” which hold urns containing cremated remains. There is space available. Please give us a call at 763-537-4184 if you’d like to learn more about this new burial opportunity.
Lexington Avenue renovations at Resurrection Cemetery
As you may have noticed, the fence along with trees and shrubs was recently removed along Lexington Ave. at Resurrection Cemetery. Resurrection is currently undergoing major renovation and landscaping in 2021, with work on the underground infrastructure taking place in this area. We appreciate your patience as we work to make Resurrection even more beautiful!
New Conference Room at Calvary Cemetery
The new handicap accessible meeting room at Calvary Cemetery is now complete, so counselors can meet you on site. Schedule your meeting today with a Family Service Counselor regarding property at Calvary Cemetery.
New Columbarium/Ossuary installed in Section 7 at Resurrection Cemetery
On December 7, 2020 a new columbarium and ossuary was added to Resurrection Cemetery in Section 7. An ossuary is a space in the middle of the columbarium where cremated remains can be added, and there are niches surrounding it. Burial spots are now available, so please contact us today if you would like to learn more about it!