Catholic cemeteries honor soldiers with Memorial Day Masses

| May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

The following Catholic cemeteries in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will have extended hours throughout the Memorial Day weekend: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 28.

Memorial Day Masses are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 28 at the following cemeteries, with refreshments served after the Masses (alternative rain sites noted):

Calvary Cemetery
753 Front Ave., St. Paul

Rain or shine at Calvary with Father Kevin McDonough, pastor of St. Peter Claver in St. Paul and Sagrado Corazón de Jesus in Minneapolis.

Resurrection Cemetery
2101 S. Lexington Ave., Mendota  Heights

Rain or Shine at Resurrection with Archbishop Harry J. Flynn, archbishop emeritus of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 6690. American Legion, Hamline Post No. 418.

St. Mary’s Cemetery
4403 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Rain or shine at St. Mary’s with Dominican Father Joseph Gillespie, pastor of St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis

Knights of Columbus Council No. 435

American Legion Post 345

1st & 2nd Minnesota Volunteers

St. Anthony’s Cemetery
2729 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

With Father Earl Simonson, pastor of St. Clement, Minneapolis.

In case of rain, Mass will be held at St. Clement, 911 24th Ave. N.E.

4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Good Shepherd Assembly, Fridley

Gethsemane Cemetery
8151 42nd Ave. N.,

New Hope

Rain or shine at Gethsemane with Bishop Lee A. Piché, auxiliary bishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis

Honor Guard, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus

American Legion Post No. 251

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 494

Grave decorations

During the days before and after Memorial Day, artificial flowers, potted plants, decorations or other ornaments are allowed.

Those decorations can be placed on graves beginning at noon Thursday, May 24, and remain until Sunday, June 3. Cemetery staff will begin pickup on Monday, June 4. After that time, fresh-cut flowers are requested only during the growing season.

Purchase flowers at cemetery

Over the Memorial Day weekend, a variety of floral bouquets are available for purchase at Resurrection, Gethsemane, St. Mary’s and Calvary cemeteries. Flower stands are located near the entrances of each cemetery.

If you are unable to visit a cemetery on Memorial Day weekend but would like to have flowers placed on a grave, please call the cemetery office to order. Cemetery staff will place an arrangement at the gravesite of your loved one a few days before the beginning of the weekend.

Recognizing veterans

A local Boy Scout troop has placed American flags on the gravesites of veterans at Resurrection Cemetery that are marked by a gravestone provided by the Veterans Administration. This also occurs at Gethsemane Cemetery. Only grave markers that clearly indicate military service receive a flag.

For families visiting the graves of veterans not marked with a VA­-provided gravestone, flags can be purchased for a small charge at the outdoor flower stands. A limited supply will be available in the cemetery offices one week prior to Memorial Day.

SOURCE: The Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis


Category: Memorial Day