Memorials: General Information and Requirements

Bronze memorials for installation in the Cemetery may be purchased at the cemetery office. Engraved granite memorials may be purchased at any of the local monument companies. Each has been provided with the monument requirements of Mt. Calvary Cemetery. More detailed information may be found in "Regulations"; however significant highlights are cited below.

The Cemetery reserves the right at all times to prescribe the kind, design, size, symbolism, crafting, quality and material of all memorials or inscriptions placed in a cemetery. All owners or anyone duly authorized to act for and in behalf of an owner, before ordering any memorials or inscriptions, must secure from the Cemetery written approval of the design, size and lettering style.

Any non-religious design depicted on a memorial must be secondary in size and presentation to the religious design. The cemetery will not allow any design deemed offensive.

Lots, crypts or niches must be paid for in full before memorial work is installed.

All memorials must be set on uniform lines as prescribed by the Cemetery.

Should any memorial become unsightly, dilapidated, illegible or a menace to visitors, or not in compliance with these rules and regulations, the Cemetery shall have the right either to correct condition or to remove the same at the expense of the owners.

Installation of Veteran markers must conform to cemetery regulations, specifications, and with current VA regulations. VA form 40-1330 should be accompanied by a Memorial Installation Application and payment of the installation fee.

Cemetery holiday schedule

Our office will be closed in observance of the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Pioneer Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving & Day After
  • Christmas December 24th through 26th

A Memorial Mass is celebrated every Memorial Day at 9 a.m. and All Souls Day* at noon for all deceased interred in the cemetery. Patrons, families and friends are cordially invited.

*On the infrequent occasion when All Souls Day falls on Saturday or Sunday, there will be no mass.

All items which are deemed by the Cemetery to be in violation of the Rules and Regulations will be removed and discarded.

The Cemetery is not responsible for any item which is discarded.

Placement of flowers and decorations on graves

Flowers at the time of Interment: Immediately following an interment, the flowers from the funeral may be placed directly on the grave and will be removed and discarded after five days, or at such time as they become unsightly.

Growing Season: Only fresh flowers in approved bouquet holders are permitted from April 1 thru November 15, other than holidays as noted. Please contact the cemetery office for information regarding approved bouquet holders. Wilted flowers will be removed every Tuesday to allow the Cemetery staff to cut the grass with fewer obstacles. Potted plants are permitted three days before and one week after Easter, Mothers Day, Memorial Day, Fathers Day, and All Souls.

Any artificial flowers found at a place of interment between April 1 and November 15, will be removed and discarded.

Winter Season: From November 16 until April 1 artificial decorations and live winter decorations are permitted. Grave blankets, mounds, cones and other similar grave accessories are not permitted because they become a shelter for animals.

Seasonal Crosses: During those occasions when artificial decorations are permitted and from November 1 until April 1, families whose deceased loved ones are interred in a flat (flush) marker section may place a seasonal cross to better identify the place of interment. To protect the safety of all our visitors and our employees, and to assist in the reduction of incidents of equipment damage, all crosses with spikes or stakes which are not securely fastened to the cross are prohibited and will be removed immediately.

Ornaments and Flower Vases: Because of the danger they present to persons and property, the placement of boxes, shells, toys, metal designs, ornaments, vases, glass, plastic, concrete, crockery jars and containers, picture frames, wood or metal cases, wire or iron and steel bars, etc. are not permitted on any plot and will be immediately removed. Only approved bouquet holders may be used for decorations. Safety standards require us to make conditions as safe as possible for Cemetery visitors and employees.

Candles or Flame Decorations: Votive candles of any kind and any decorations which include a flame, either live or battery-operated, are prohibited on places of interment and will be removed.

Ground decorations including marble chips, stones, wood chips, shells, bricks, lucky stones, fences, curbing, edging, etc, are not permitted around the place of interment.

No planting of any kind may be made on an individual grave. However, plantings of bushes, shrubs or trees may be allowed as memorial donations to the cemetery. They must be a pre-approved type and size and placed in a location selected by the Cemetery Sexton and Director. In such cases a pre-approved plaque in memory of a loved one may be placed.

Trees and shrubs are for the beautification of the entire cemetery and for the benefit of all of the families, therefore, decorations placed on any trees; shrubs or cemetery structures will be removed.

Height and Width: Decorations in excess of 36 inches high or 34 inches wide are not permitted and will be removed. In the case of baby graves, the width of the decoration shall not exceed 22 inches.

Placement of flowers and decorations at crypts and niches

Special Requirements: As crypt and niche fronts are a part of the building structure, only Cemetery approved and installed crypt front decorations are allowed. The use of adhesives or tape can cause damage to the granite crypt and niche fronts. Moreover, non-approved decorations, which may cause discoloration and other damage, can diminish the beauty of the entire building, affecting the rights of others. Items attached to the crypt and niche fronts will be removed and the cost of repair may be assessed to the owner of the place of interment or their surviving heirs.

Flowers: Fresh or artificial flowers, according to the season may be placed in approved vases mounted to the crypt fronts by cemetery staff. Contact the office for more information.

Flowers at the time of Entombment: Since space in the mausoleums and at the columbarium is limited, it is necessary to limit the number of bouquets placed in a mausoleum or near a columbarium after an entombment. In the case of a columbarium, due to the small area, not more than three bouquets may be left near the niche; in the case of an entombment in a mausoleum, not more than four bouquets may be left inside the mausoleum either near the crypt or at the entrance to the mausoleum. Flowers will be removed and discarded at the end of the fifth day or at such time as they become unsightly.

Christmas decoration removal

All Christmas decorations will be removed and discarded on January 31, with the exception of live wreaths and live crosses that have not browned. Live wreaths and live crosses will be removed when they have browned or on February 15. Seasonal crosses and artificial wreaths, artificial flowers, including poinsettia plants will not be removed prior to February 15th, unless damaged by weather or other conditions, otherwise become unsightly, or interfere with other interment sites.