Memorial Day Masses honor soldiers, pioneer priests

| May 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

The following 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 25; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 27.

Memorial Day Masses are scheduled for 10 a.m. May 27 at the following cemeteries, with refreshments served after the Masses. New markers for several pioneer priests’ graves will be blessed after Communion at Calvary and St. Mary’s cemeteries.


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 Segrado Corazon de Jesus in Minneapolis. Following Holy Communion, 42 new gravestones will be blessed.


Resurrrection Cemetery

201 S. Lexington Ave., Mendota Heights

Rain or shine with Archbishop Emeritus Harry J. Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis.


St. Mary’s Cemetery

4403 Chicago Ave., Minneapolis

Rain or shine at Calvary with Dominican Father Joseph Gillespie, pastor of St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis. Following Holy Communion, 22 new gravestones will be blessed.


St. Anthony’s Cemetery

2729 Central Ave. N.E., Minneapolis

Rain or shine with Father Earl Simonson, Pastor of St. Clement Parish in Minneapolis.


Gethsemane Cemetery

8151 42nd Ave. N., New Hope

Rain or shine with Bishop Lee Piché, of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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 23, and remain until Sunday, June 2. Cemetery staff will begin pickup on Monday, June 3. 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 at (651) 228-9991 to order. Cemetery staff will place an arrangement at the gravesite of your loved one a few days before the weekend.

Recognizing veterans

This Memorial Day, The Catholic Cemeteries will offer a special salute to all veterans as part of the observance beginning at 10 a.m. at each of the five Catholic cemeteries. In addition, 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.

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

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