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June 6, 2018

But Dad loved the ocean…..

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…..

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 9:53 pm

People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, July 7, 2018 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. All are invited to attend.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, July 7, 2018 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. All are invited to attend.

January 22, 2018

Grieving a Suicide

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“To experience the loss of someone I love that died by suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk, even though others are walking beside me. These Died by Suicide offerings can help you share the common experience of a sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of the work. All who have experienced a loved one’s death by suicide are welcome.

Two opportunities:

*Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue San Francisco

*Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building 1500 Mission Road, Colma
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

These workshops are facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese are available. If you have any questions or need additional information please call 415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org.

Grieving a Suicide

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“To experience the loss of someone I love that died by suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk, even though others are walking beside me. These Died by Suicide offerings can help you share the common experience of a sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of the work. All who have experienced a loved one’s death by suicide are welcome.

Two opportunities:

*Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue San Francisco

*Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building 1500 Mission Road, Colma
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

These workshops are facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese are available. If you have any questions or need additional information please call 415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org.

Grieving a Suicide

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 7:02 pm

“To experience the loss of someone I love that died by suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk, even though others are walking beside me. These Died by Suicide offerings can help you share the common experience of a sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of the work. All who have experienced a loved one’s death by suicide are welcome.

Two opportunities:

*Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue San Francisco

*Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building 1500 Mission Road, Colma
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

These workshops are facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese are available. If you have any questions or need additional information please call 415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org:<

Grieving a Suicide

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“To experience the loss of someone I love that died by suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk, even though others are walking beside me. These Died by Suicide offerings can help you share the common experience of a sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of the work. All who have experienced a loved one’s death by suicide are welcome.

Two opportunities facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese are available. If you have any questions or need additional information please call 415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org:

*Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue San Francisco

*Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building 1500 Mission Road, Colma
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

Grieving a Suicide

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“To experience the loss of someone I love that died by suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk, even though others are walking beside me. These Died by Suicide offerings can help you share the common experience of a sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of the work. All who have experienced a loved one’s death by suicide are welcome.

Two opportunities facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese are available. If you have any questions or need additional information please call 415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org:

*Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue San Francisco

*Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building 1500 Mission Road, Colma
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

Grieving a Suicide

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“To experience the loss of someone I love Die by Suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk though others are walking beside me. To assist in this process the Died by Suicide offerings hope to share the common experience: affirming the sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of our time together. All who have experienced a loved one who has died by suicide – either family, friend or classmate – are welcome.

Two opportunities facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese are available. If you have any questions or need additional information please call 415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org:

Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue S.F.

Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building.
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

January 18, 2018

Grieving a Suicide

Filed under: Events,Holy Cross Blog — holycross-blog @ 6:40 pm

“To experience the loss of someone I love that died by suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk, even though others are walking beside me. These Died by Suicide offerings can help you share the common experience of a sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of the work. All who have experienced a loved one’s death by suicide are welcome.

Two opportunities:

*Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue San Francisco

*Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building 1500 Mission Road, Colma
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

These workshops are facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese are available. If you have any questions or need additional information please call 415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org.

Died by Suicide

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“To experience the loss of someone I love Die by Suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk though others are walking beside me. To assist in this process the Died by Suicide offerings hope to share the common experience: affirming the sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of our time together. All who have experienced a loved one who has died by suicide – either family, friend or classmate – are welcome.

Two opportunities facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese. If you have any questions or need additional information please call
415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org:

Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue S.F.

Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building.
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel – Father Dan Carter presiding.

Died by Suicide

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“To experience the loss of someone I love Die by Suicide is heart wrenching. Words fail me as I describe the person I loved so much; the words of others fall short of consolation. Hope seems lost and though I am aware that my faith will sustain me I feel so empty.”

Grief in any loss is hard. The journey is difficult, seems to last forever and is a singular walk though others are walking beside me. To assist in this process the Died by Suicide offerings hope to share the common experience: affirming the sorrow that will not go away. Prayer, affirmation of the grief process, and some coping ideas will be part of our time together. All who have experienced a loved one who has died by suicide – either family, friend or classmate – are welcome.

Two opportunities facilitated by Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher RSM, Bereavement Coordinator for San Francisco Archdiocese. If you have any questions or need additional information please call
415-681 6153 or 415-317-4436 or email tlgallagher@mercywmw.org:

Died By Suicide: January 31st- 7-8:30 PM Holy Name Parish Center. 1555 39th Avenue S.F.

Died by Suicide: February 3rd – 9:15 AM-10:30 AM Holy Cross Cemetery Main Building.
This will be followed by Mass at 11:00 AM to honor all those who have died. Please come to All Saints Chapel Father Dan Carter presiding.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. Celebrant – Rev. Dan Carter. All are invited to attend.

January 3, 2018

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 3, 2018 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. Celebrant – Rev. Dan Carter. All are invited to attend.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. Celebrant – Rev. Tony LaTorre. All are invited to attend.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 6, 2018 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. All are invited to attend.

Flower Removal Schedules

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2017 Flower Removal Schedule

Flower Removal 2018

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Flower Removal 2018

January 1, 2018

Pre-Planning

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution? New Year’s is a time of planning . . . planning ahead for the year, planning a strategy to keep our resolutions, financial planning . . . Have you made a resolution to take care of your will and trust? Do you have a spot at the cemetery? Have you decided what kind of memorial service and urn you would like? Have you prepared an Advanced Health Care Directive?

Today, many people see the value of planning ahead. When a death occurs, there are numerous decisions to be made during a very emotional time. Holy Cross offers Pre-Need arrangements to assist you in making some of those decisions ahead of time. In order to make Pre-Need arrangements available to everyone in our Catholic community, we offer flexible payment plans and do not charge interest. You may specify the manner of placement and memorialization that best reflects your life and faith. Once a Pre-Need arrangement is complete, the family needs only to call us to notify us of a death.

The financial advantages to pre-paying for your funeral plan are many. Most importantly, it guarantees your costs against future price increases.
We’re happy to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Make an appointment to see one of our family service counselors and take care of your cemetery arrangements today.

November 14, 2017

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 9th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 9th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.

November 13, 2017

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 9th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

October 9, 2017

All Souls Day Mass

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Please share All Souls Day Mass with on Thursday, November 2, 1017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  

All Souls Day Mass

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Please share All Souls Day Mass with on Thursday, November 2, 1017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  

Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls – First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for a Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls – First Saturday Mass. Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am – Refreshments and fellowship will follow Mass.

Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls – First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for a Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls – First Saturday Mass. Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am – Refreshments and fellowship will follow Mass.

Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls – First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for a Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls – First Saturday Mass. Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am – Refreshments and fellowship will follow Mass.

Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls – First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 4, 2017 for a Memorial Mass Honoring the Month of the Holy Souls.

Veterans’ Day Service

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Please join us on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 am for our Veterans’ Day Service. This service will be held outdoors in Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags. Msgr. Michael Padazinski, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Chaplain, Colonel United States Air Force Reserve will preside.

Veterans’ Day Service

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Please join us on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 am for our Veterans’ Day Service. This service will be held outdoors in Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags. Msgr. Michael Padazinski, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Chaplain, Colonel United States Air Force Reserve will preside.

Veterans’ Day Service

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Please join us on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 am for our Veterans’ Day Service. This service will be held outdoors in Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags. Msgr. Michael Padazinski, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Chaplain, Colonel United States

September 6, 2017

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. All are invited to attend.

Mass and Healing Liturgy In Memory of our Little Ones

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Please join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Cross Mausoleum. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the principal celebrant. Parents, family and the community are welcome to a gathering and light luncheon.

Mass and Healing Liturgy In Memory of our Little Ones

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Please join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Cross Mausoleum. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the principal celebrant. Parents, family and the community are welcome to a gathering and light luncheon.

Mass and Healing Liturgy In Memory of our Little Ones

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Please join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Cross Mausoleum. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the principal celebrant. Parents, family and the community are welcome to a gathering and light luncheon.

Mass and Healing Liturgy In Memory of our Little Ones

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Please join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Cross Mausoleum. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the principal celebrant. Parents, family and the community are welcome to a gathering and light luncheon.

Mass and Healing Liturgy In Memory of our Little Ones

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Please join us on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated in the Holy Cross Mausoleum. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will be the principal celebrant. Parents, family and the community are welcome to a gathering and light luncheon.

July 7, 2017

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 5:22 pm

People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. Rev. Michael F. Quinn – Pastor of St. Mary Star of the Sea Church – celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 7, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass. All are invited to attend.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we celebrate First Saturday Mass.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, August 5, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am as we

July 1, 2017

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

May 16, 2017

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Fadok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

May 12, 2017

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local–more–> celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards. Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards. Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards. Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards. Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Baldok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Brian Costello, Pastor of Our of Loretto Church, Celebrant.

Author Jean Bartlett

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Author, Jean Bartlett, will be available on Memorial Day in Holy Cross Mausoleum to sign copies of her books. Books will be available for sale -
Memorial Day Special $20. Please stop by before or after Mass to meet Jean and have your book signed. You may stop by the office at any time to purchase our books.

Author Jean Bartlett

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Author, Jean Bartlett, will be available on Memorial Day in Holy Cross Mausoleum to sign copies of her books. Books will be available for sale -
Memorial Day Special $20. Please stop by before or after Mass to meet Jean and have your book signed. You may stop by the office at any time to purchase our books.

Author Jean Bartlett

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Author, Jean Bartlett, will be available on Memorial Day in Holy Cross Mausoleum to sign copies of her books. Books will be available for sale -
Memorial Day Special $20. Please stop by before or after Mass to meet Jean and have your book signed. Please contact the office for more informaiton

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Brian Costello, Pastor of Our of Loretto Church, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Brian Costello, Pastor of Our of Loretto Church, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Brian Costello, Pastor of Our of Loretto Church, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Brian Costello, Pastor of Our of Loretto Church,

April 29, 2017

Memorial Day Mass

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Please join us on for Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 29th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, May 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Daniel Nascimento, Celebrant. Pastor St. Anne of the Sunset.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, May 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Daniel Nascimento, Celebrant. Pastor St. Anne of the Sunset.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, May 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Daniel Nascimento, Celebrant.

Memorial Day Mass

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Please join us on for Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 29th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass.

Memorial Day Mass

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Monday, May 29th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass.

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Monday, May 29th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass,

April 20, 2017

Author Jean Bartlett

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Author, Jean Bartlett, will be available on Memorial Day in Holy Cross Mausoleum to sign copies of her books. Books will be available for sale -
Memorial Day Special $20. Please stop by before or after Mass to meet Jean and have your book signed. You may stop by the office at any time to purchase our books.

April 12, 2017

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 6, 2017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Brian Costello, Pastor of Our of Loretto Church, Celebrant.

March 28, 2017

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Thomas Parenti, celebrant. All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Thomas Parenti, celebrant. All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Thomas Parenti, celebrant. All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Thomas Parenti, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, April 1, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Thomas Parenti, celebrant.

92nd Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 10:00 am for the Annual Mass honoring Father Peter Yorke. Most Rev. William Justice, celebrant. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. Pearse & Connelly Fife and Drum Bands will lead the procession after Mass to Father Yorke’s burial site.

92nd Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 10:00 am for the Annual Mass honoring Father Peter Yorke. Most Rev. William Justice, celebrant. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. Pearse & Connelly Fife and Drum Bands will lead the procession after Mass to Father Yorke’s burial site.

92nd Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 10:00 am for the Annual Mass honoring Father Peter Yorke. Most Rev. William Justice, celebrant. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. Pearse & Connelly Fife and Drum Bands will lead the procession after Mass to Father Yorke’s burial site.

March 1, 2017

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, March 4, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for First Saturday Mass. Fr. Anthony P. La Torre, Pastor of St. Stephen Church, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, March 4, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for First Saturday Mass. Fr. Anthony P. La Torre, Pastor of St. Stephen Church, Celebrant.

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January 27, 2017

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Fr. Michael Strange, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Fr. Michael Strange, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 4, 2017 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Fr. Michael Strange Phone Number 1-415-922-1010, Ext 107
St. Vincent de Paul Church

December 31, 2016

Meet Local Author, Jean Bartlett

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Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available after Mass on January 7, 2016 to sign her new book “Roll Call – Reveille” stories about the many veterans interred in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Books will be available to purchase.

Meet Local Author, Jean Bartlett

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Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available after Mass on January 7, 2016 to sign her new book “Roll Call – Reveille” stories about the many veterans interred in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Books will be available to purchase.

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Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available after Mass on January 7, 2016 to sign her new book “Roll Call – Reveille” stories about the many veterans interred in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Book to purchase this great book.

December 30, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 7, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for First Saturday Mass. Rev.Teodoro P. Magpayo from St. Pius Parish, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 7, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for First Saturday Mass. Rev.Teodoro P. Magpayo from St. Pius Parish, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 7, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for First Saturday Mass. Rev.Teodoro P. Magpayo

December 7, 2016

Veterans Book Now Available

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“Roll Call – Reveille” by local author, Jean Bartlett – stories about the many veterans interred in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Please contact the cemetery office for information to purchase this, has completed s researching stories of veterans interred at Holy Cross Cemetery.  If you would like to create a tribute in the book by making a donation, please contact our office information.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum at 11:00 am for our Annual Christmas Remembrance Service. Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate. If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings. We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum at 11:00 am for our Annual Christmas Remembrance Service. Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate. If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings. We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum at 11:00 am for our Annual Christmas Remembrance Service. Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate. If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings. We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.

December 6, 2016

Flower Removal Schedules

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2017 Flower Removal Schedule

Flower Removal 2017

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Flower Removal 2017

Flower Removal Schedules

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2016 Flower Removal Schedule

October 26, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.    Rev. Augusto E. Villote, Celebrate. All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.    Rev. Augusto E. Villote, Celebrate. All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

Fall Planning Seminars

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Planning Seminars will be held throughout the Archdiocese this fall focusing on  end-of-life decisions, wills and trusts, and funeral, cremation, and cemetery planning.

Speakers will include Fr. Anthony Giampietro, Director of Development for the Archdiocese; Monica Williams, Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese, and local attorneys who specialize in estate planning.

Resources will be provided to participants, and there will be time for questions following the presentations.  Refreshments will be provided.

October 22, 2016 – 10am – Mission Dolores

October 29, 2016 – 2pm – All Souls

 

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.    All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.

All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.

All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.    Rev. Augusto E. Villote, Celebrate. All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.    All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

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Ad resurgendem cum Christo

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Who remembers their Latin?  “To rise with Christ”  This beautiful phrase encompasses in so many ways the goal of our lives and the teaching of our Catholic faith.  To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). This phrase also begins the new “Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation” released on October 25 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  This document provides clarification regarding the Church’s teaching on cremation and burial.  Many people are unaware of the Church’s historical teaching on cremation – dating from the early times of our growing religion when the Church opposed cremation because it was being chosen in open denial of our belief in the resurrection, and because of its historical ties to the persecution and death of our martyrs; to 1963 when the Church said that cremation was “not opposed per se to the Christian religion”; to 1983 when the practice was addressed in Canon Law and given ritual form in the Order of Christian Funerals.

The new Instruction echoes the Church’s teaching regarding cremation as presented in 1963: cremation of the deceased’s body does not affect his or her soul, nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life. Thus cremation, in and of itself, objectively negates neither the Christian doctrine of the soul’s immortality nor that of the resurrection of the body.

But it goes further in its teaching of how to care for the bodily remains following cremation: the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted … the ashes may not be divided among various family members … it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects.

Is this a new teaching?  No, this has always been the Church’s position, but it has not, until now, been so clearly spelled out.  The document notes that “the practice of cremation has notably increased in many countries, but simultaneously new ideas contrary to the Church’s faith have also become widespread.”  And so this instruction is in response to some of these ideas which do not fully represent the beauty of our belief in the resurrection, our understanding that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that the burial of the dead is a Corporal Work of Mercy, and that prayer for the dead and those who mourn them is a Spiritual Work of Mercy.

What impact should this Instruction have on us today?  If you are planning ahead for funeral, cremation, or cemetery services, this provides a framework for your decisions.  The Catholic Cemeteries have multiple options for the placement of cremated remains: in existing family plots, in cremation graves, in niches, or in family columbaria.  They also offer a variety of price levels and payment terms to suit an individual circumstance.  If you have already scattered or divided the cremated remains of a loved one and are concerned about what this Instruction says, the Catholic Cemeteries can offer some comfort.  There are many options available to memorialize a loved one, whether on an existing family headstone, on a memorial plaque, or something similar.  The Instruction emphasizes that “From the earliest times, Christians have desired that the faithful departed become the objects of the Christian community’s prayers and remembrance. Their tombs have become places of prayer, remembrance and reflection. The faithful departed remain part of the Church who believes “in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church”. [from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 962]    This is the clear purpose of the Instruction: to remind us of the importance of remembering and praying for the dead; to honor the remains, legacies, and memories of our loved ones; and above all to proclaim the great hope of our faith tradition: indeed, “ad resurgendem cum Christo”.

Ad resurgendem cum Christo

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Who remembers their Latin?  “To rise with Christ”  This beautiful phrase encompasses in so many ways the goal of our lives and the teaching of our Catholic faith.  To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). This phrase also begins the new “Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation” released on October 25 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  This document provides clarification regarding the Church’s teaching on cremation and burial.  Many people are unaware of the Church’s historical teaching on cremation – dating from the early times of our growing religion when the Church opposed cremation because it was being chosen in open denial of our belief in the resurrection, and because of its historical ties to the persecution and death of our martyrs; to 1963 when the Church said that cremation was “not opposed per se to the Christian religion”; to 1983 when the practice was addressed in Canon Law and given ritual form in the Order of Christian Funerals.

The new Instruction echoes the Church’s teaching regarding cremation as presented in 1963: cremation of the deceased’s body does not affect his or her soul, nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life. Thus cremation, in and of itself, objectively negates neither the Christian doctrine of the soul’s immortality nor that of the resurrection of the body.

But it goes further in its teaching of how to care for the bodily remains following cremation: the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted … the ashes may not be divided among various family members … it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects.

Is this a new teaching?  No, this has always been the Church’s position, but it has not, until now, been so clearly spelled out.  The document notes that “the practice of cremation has notably increased in many countries, but simultaneously new ideas contrary to the Church’s faith have also become widespread.”  And so this instruction is in response to some of these ideas which do not fully represent the beauty of our belief in the resurrection, our understanding that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that the burial of the dead is a Corporal Work of Mercy, and that prayer for the dead and those who mourn them is a Spiritual Work of Mercy.

What impact should this Instruction have on us today?  If you are planning ahead for funeral, cremation, or cemetery services, this provides a framework for your decisions.  The Catholic Cemeteries have multiple options for the placement of cremated remains: in existing family plots, in cremation graves, in niches, or in family columbaria.  They also offer a variety of price levels and payment terms to suit an individual circumstance.  If you have already scattered or divided the cremated remains of a loved one and are concerned about what this Instruction says, the Catholic Cemeteries can offer some comfort.  There are many options available to memorialize a loved one, whether on an existing family headstone, on a memorial plaque, or something similar.  The Instruction emphasizes that “From the earliest times, Christians have desired that the faithful departed become the objects of the Christian community’s prayers and remembrance. Their tombs have become places of prayer, remembrance and reflection. The faithful departed remain part of the Church who believes “in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church”. [from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 962]    This is the clear purpose of the Instruction: to remind us of the importance of remembering and praying for the dead; to honor the remains, legacies, and memories of our loved ones; and above all to proclaim the great hope of our faith tradition: indeed, “ad resurgendem cum Christo”.

Ad resurgendem cum Christo

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Who remembers their Latin?  “To rise with Christ”  This beautiful phrase encompasses in so many ways the goal of our lives and the teaching of our Catholic faith.  To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ: we must “be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). This phrase also begins the new “Instruction regarding the burial of the deceased and the conservation of the ashes in the case of cremation” released on October 25 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  This document provides clarification regarding the Church’s teaching on cremation and burial.  Many people are unaware of the Church’s historical teaching on cremation – dating from the early times of our growing religion when the Church opposed cremation because it was being chosen in open denial of our belief in the resurrection, and because of its historical ties to the persecution and death of our martyrs; to 1963 when the Church said that cremation was “not opposed per se to the Christian religion”; to 1983 when the practice was addressed in Canon Law and given ritual form in the Order of Christian Funerals.

The new Instruction echoes the Church’s teaching regarding cremation as presented in 1963: cremation of the deceased’s body does not affect his or her soul, nor does it prevent God, in his omnipotence, from raising up the deceased body to new life. Thus cremation, in and of itself, objectively negates neither the Christian doctrine of the soul’s immortality nor that of the resurrection of the body.

But it goes further in its teaching of how to care for the bodily remains following cremation: the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted … the ashes may not be divided among various family members … it is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way, nor may they be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects.

Is this a new teaching?  No, this has always been the Church’s position, but it has not, until now, been so clearly spelled out.  The document notes that “the practice of cremation has notably increased in many countries, but simultaneously new ideas contrary to the Church’s faith have also become widespread.”  And so this instruction is in response to some of these ideas which do not fully represent the beauty of our belief in the resurrection, our understanding that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that the burial of the dead is a Corporal Work of Mercy, and that prayer for the dead and those who mourn them is a Spiritual Work of Mercy.

What impact should this Instruction have on us today?  If you are planning ahead for funeral, cremation, or cemetery services, this provides a framework for your decisions.  The Catholic Cemeteries have multiple options for the placement of cremated remains: in existing family plots, in cremation graves, in niches, or in family columbaria.  They also offer a variety of price levels and payment terms to suit an individual circumstance.  If you have already scattered or divided the cremated remains of a loved one and are concerned about what this Instruction says, the Catholic Cemeteries can offer some comfort.  There are many options available to memorialize a loved one, whether on an existing family headstone, on a memorial plaque, or something similar.  The Instruction emphasizes that “From the earliest times, Christians have desired that the faithful departed become the objects of the Christian community’s prayers and remembrance. Their tombs have become places of prayer, remembrance and reflection. The faithful departed remain part of the Church who believes “in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church”. [from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 962]    This is the clear purpose of the Instruction: to remind us of the importance of remembering and praying for the dead; to honor the remains, legacies, and memories of our loved ones; and above all to proclaim the great hope of our faith tradition: indeed, “ad resurgendem cum Christo”.

September 22, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Cameron Faller, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 29, 2016 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 19, 201 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 19, 201 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 19, 201 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 19, 201 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San Francisco Main Celebrant. Holy Spirit Music Ministry will provide the music. Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 19, 201 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy, Archdiocese of San FranciscoWilliam Justice, Celebrant.  Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.  Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.   Rev.  Michael Sttrange, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.   Rev.  Michael Sttrange, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.   Rev.  Michael Sttrange, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, October 1, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.   Rev.  Michael Sttrange, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

Fall Planning Seminars

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Planning Seminars will be held throughout the Archdiocese this fall focusing on  end-of-life decisions, wills and trusts, and funeral, cremation, and cemetery planning.

Speakers will include Fr. Anthony Giampietro, Director of Development for the Archdiocese; Monica Williams, Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese, and local attorneys who specialize in estate planning.

Resources will be provided to participants, and there will be time for questions following the presentations.  Refreshments will be provided.

October 22, 2016 – 10am – Mission Dolores

October 29, 2016 – 2pm – All Souls

 

August 26, 2016

Fall Planning Seminars

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Planning Seminars will be held throughout the Archdiocese this fall focusing on  end-of-life decisions, wills and trusts, and funeral, cremation, and cemetery planning.

Speakers will include Fr. Anthony Giampietro, Director of Development for the Archdiocese; Monica Williams, Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese, and local attorneys who specialize in estate planning.

Resources will be provided to participants, and there will be time for questions following the presentations.  Refreshments will be provided.

September 10th – 10am – Our Lady of Loretto

September 17th – 10am – St. Raymond

October 22, 2016 – 10am – Mission Dolores

October 29, 2016 – 2pm – All Souls

 

Fall Planning Seminars

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Planning Seminars will be held throughout the Archdiocese this fall focusing on  end-of-life decisions, wills and trusts, and funeral, cremation, and cemetery planning.

Speakers will include Fr. Anthony Giampietro, Director of Development for the Archdiocese; Monica Williams, Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese, and local attorneys who specialize in estate planning.

Resources will be provided to participants, and there will be time for questions following the presentations.  Refreshments will be provided.

October 22, 2016 – 10am – Mission Dolores

October 29, 2016 – 2pm – All Souls

 

Fall Planning Seminar

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Planning Seminars will be held throughout the Archdiocese this fall focusing on  end-of-life decisions, wills and trusts, and funeral, cremation, and cemetery planning.

Speakers will include Fr. Anthony Giampietro, Director of Development for the Archdiocese; Monica Williams, Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese, and local attorneys who specialize in estate planning.

Resources will be provided to participants, and there will be time for questions following the presentations.  Refreshments will be provided.

September 10th – 10am – Our Lady of Loretto

September 17th – 10am – St. Raymond

October 22, 2016 – 10am – Mission Dolores

October 29, 2016 – 2pm – All Souls

 

Fall Planning Seminar

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Planning Seminars will be held throughout the Archdiocese this fall focusing on  end-of-life decisions, wills and trusts, and funeral, cremation, and cemetery planning.

Speakers will include Fr. Anthony Giampietro, Director of Development for the Archdiocese; Monica Williams, Director of Cemeteries for the Archdiocese, and local attorneys who specialize in estate planning.

Resources will be provided to participants, and there will be time for questions following the presentations.  Refreshments will be provided.

September 10th – 10am – Our Lady of Loretto

September 17th – 10am – St. Raymond

October 22, 2016 – 10am – Mission Dolores

October 29, 2016 – 2pm – All Souls

 

August 11, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Michael Quinn, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Cameron Faller, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Cameron Faller, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Cameron Faller, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

July 15, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Michael Quinn, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Michael Quinn, Celebrant.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, August 6th at 11:00am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

Auto Draft

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Pokemon Go!

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The oldest cemetery in Colma has found itself in the midst of the newest gaming craze: Pokemon Go.  Yes, even at 129 year old Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, people of all ages are looking for Pidgies and Caterpies behind every tree.

What’s a cemetery to do?

Of course, our greatest concern is for the dignity and respect owed in this sacred space and for the safety of all our visitors.  We simply cannot have people wandering about disrupting funeral services or bothering visitors who come to grieve and to pray.  Additionally, visitors who are not watching their step can injure themselves by tripping over curbs, tree roots, and uneven ground.  The key words to remember are: careful and respectful.  If our visitors, playing or not, can be careful and respectful, we welcome them to stay and explore this historic, beautiful cemetery.  If, however, visitors are becoming disruptive to our operations, aggravating to the families we serve, or wandering about in an unsafe manner, we will ask them to leave.

Cemeteries are first and foremost sacred space.  They are also places of history and art.  They hold the great stories of people in our community; they feature beautiful works of art that tell the story of our faith.  We want to share these; we invite people to experience them.  The positive side of Pokemon Go is that it encourages people to get out and explore their communities.  Along with encouraging people to get some exercise while walking, the game also directs people to interesting places: schools, churches, historic buildings, and even our cemeteries.  To truly take advantage of the experience, a player should stop and look up – look around:  learn about and appreciate these important sites in our neighborhoods and communities.  In our own Archdiocese of San Francisco, there are multiple Pokemon Go sites at our churches, monasteries, and cemeteries.  A Pokemon Pilgrimage, perhaps?  Why not?  Get out and learn about these iconic places in our Archdiocese.  Stop in and say a prayer.  Leave with an extra Eevee and a new appreciation for our incredible community of faith.

Be careful and respectful.

If you come to play, stop and pray.

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The oldest cemetery in Colma has found itself in the midst of the newest gaming craze: Pokemon Go.  Yes, even at 129 year old Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, people of all ages are looking for Pidgies and Caterpies behind every tree.

What’s a cemetery to do?

Of course, our greatest concern is for the dignity and respect owed in this sacred space and for the safety of all our visitors.  We simply cannot have people wandering about disrupting funeral services or bothering visitors who come to grieve and to pray.  Additionally, visitors who are not watching their step can injure themselves by tripping over curbs, tree roots, and uneven ground.  The key words to remember are: careful and respectful.  If our visitors, playing or not, can be careful and respectful, we welcome them to stay and explore this historic, beautiful cemetery.  If, however, visitors are becoming disruptive to our operations, aggravating to the families we serve, or wandering about in an unsafe manner, we will ask them to leave.

Cemeteries are first and foremost sacred space.  They are also places of history and art.  They hold the great stories of people in our community; they feature beautiful works of art that tell the story of our faith.  We want to share these; we invite people to experience them.  The positive side of Pokemon Go is that it encourages people to get out and explore their communities.  Along with encouraging people to get some exercise while walking, the game also directs people to interesting places: schools, churches, historic buildings, and even our cemeteries.  To truly take advantage of the experience, a player should stop and look up – look around:  learn about and appreciate these important sites in our neighborhoods and communities.  In our own Archdiocese of San Francisco, there are multiple Pokemon Go sites at our churches, monasteries, and cemeteries.  A Pokemon Pilgrimage, perhaps?  Why not?  Get out and learn about these iconic places in our Archdiocese.  Stop in and say a prayer.  Leave with an extra Eevee and a new appreciation for our incredible community of faith.

 

Be careful and respectful.

If you come to play, stop and pray.

June 30, 2016

125 Years of History, Ministry & Service

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Our history book by author, Jean Bartlett, is now on sale for $10.  Please stop by the office to purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

125 Years of History, Ministry & Service

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Our history book by author, Jean Bartlett, is now on sale for $10.  Please stop by the office to purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel  Celebrant will be Rev. Thomas Parenti.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel  Celebrant will be Rev. Thomas Parenti.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, July 2nd at 11:00am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel  Celebrant will be Rev. Thomas Parenti.  All are welcome to this monthly Mass which is offered for all those interred in our Catholic Cemeteries.

Memorial Day Mass

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Monday, May 30th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Paul Perry, Celebrant, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Rev. Larry Goode, Celebrants and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass, Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant.

 

 

May 12, 2016

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 29th at 11am, Most.Rev. William J. Justice, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Local author, Jean Bartlett, will be available in Holy Cross Mausoleum before and after Mass to autograph her new book about Holy Cross Veterans “Roll Call – Reveille.” Books will be available for sale.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Brian Costello and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Christopher Fadok and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Gabriel Wanker.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

May 11, 2016

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 30th at 11am, Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church in South San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Joseph Previtali.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 30th at 11am, Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church in South San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Joseph Previtali.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country. At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 30th at 11am, Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church in South San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Joseph Previtali.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Memorial Day Special

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Purchase a niche at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma along with a specially designated urn and associated inurnment charges, and receive the opening and closing fee for $1.  Offer expires June 30, 2016.  For an appointment please call 650.756.2060.

Memorial Day Special

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Purchase a niche at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma along with a specially designated urn and associated inurnment charges, and receive the opening and closing fee for $1.  Offer expires June 30, 2016.  For an appointment please call 650.756.2060.

Memorial Day Special

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Purchase a niche at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma along with a specially designated urn and associated inurnment charges, and receive the opening and closing fee for $1.  Offer exJune 30, 2016

Memorial Day Mass

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Monday, May 30th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Paul Perry, Celebrant, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Rev. Larry Goode, Celebrants and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass, Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant.

 

 

Memorial Day Mass

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Monday, May 30th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Paul Perry, Celebrant, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Rev. Larry Goode, Celebrants and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass, Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant.

 

 

Memorial Day Mass

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Monday, May 30th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Paul Perry, Celebrant, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Rev. Larry Goode, Celebrants and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay 9:30am Mass, Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant.

 

 

Memorial Day Mass

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Monday, May 30th at 11am, Holy Cross Colma – Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church, Celebrant, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, San Rafael Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Paul Perry, Celebrant, Holy Cross Menlo Park Outdoor Mass at 11am, Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Rev. Larry Goode, Celebrants and Our Lady of the Pillar, Half Moon Bay

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Joseph Previtali.

 

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Rev. Charito Suan, Celebrant.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

 

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 30th at 11am, Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church in South San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

 

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Joseph Previtali.

 

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

 

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 30th at 11am, Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church in South San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

 

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Joseph Previtali.

 

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery  will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.”  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

 

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of Cub Scouts of Pack 347 and Girl Scouts of Troop 31971 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day.  On Monday, May 30th at 11am, Rev. Charles Puthota, Ph.D, Director of Pastoral Ministry for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Pastor of St. Veronica’s Church in South San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed.  The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by the Cub Scouts and Girls Scouts and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

 

Also at 11am on Monday the 30th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Rev. Augustine Highlander, OP and Fr. Larry Goode.  At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Joseph Previtali.

 

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

May 10, 2016

Memorial Day Special

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Purchase a niche at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma along with a specially designated urn and associated inurnment charges, and receive the opening and closing fee for $1.  Offer expires June 30, 2016.  For an appointment please call 650.756.2060.

April 22, 2016

Veterans Book Now Available

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“Roll Call – Reveille” by local author, Jean Bartlett – stories about the many veterans interred in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Please contact the cemetery office for information to purchase this great book.

Upcoming Veterans Book

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Local author, Jean Bartlett, is researching stories of veterans interred at Holy Cross Cemetery.  If you would like to create a tribute in the book by making a donation, please contact our office information.

Upcoming Veterans Book

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125 Years of History, Ministry & Service

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Our history book by author, Jean Bartlett, is also available.  Please stop by the office to purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

125 Years of History, Ministry & Service

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Our history book by author, Jean Bartlett, is now on sale for $15.  Please stop by the office to purchase one for yourself or as a gift.

125 Years of History,Ministry & Service

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Remembering USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma is hallowed grounds to nearly 400,000 individuals who now are at rest in the hands of God. There are several stories, legacies and timelines that belong to each individual who rests at Holy Cross. Recently, Holy Cross had the distinct honor of hosting members of the United States Coast Guard from Coast Guard Island Alameda, for a special tribute to one of their own. Their pilgrimage, while brief, was of vast importance. The men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross on a tranquil winter day to honor and remember USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy. Captain Healy served in the United States Revenue Cutter Service – predecessor of the United States Coast Guard – from 1865 to 1903. Captain Healy vigilantly patrolled nearly 20,000 miles of coastline in Alaska and was a friend to missionaries and scientists; as well as being a rescuer of whalers, natives, shipwrecked sailors and impoverished miners. 

Born in Macon, Georgia in 1839 to Michael Morris Healy, an Irish plantation owner, and his wife Mary Eliza Smith, a slave, he was the fifth of ten children. Healy identified as Irish Catholic even though his heritage included African American descent. Being the child of a slave, he and his siblings were sent north to be educated.  The boys were sent to the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts – three becoming priests – while the girls were sent to parochial school in Canada and subsequently entered the order.

In 1850, his oldest brother James Healy became the head of the family after losing their mother and father within a four month span. James was unable to convince Michael to follow him into the priesthood and as a rebellious, unhappy youth he was sent to a seminary in France at the age of 15 in 1854. After leaving school in France after just one year, his journey then carried him to England; where he enrolled as cabin boy on the East American Indian clipper and would later serve as office on other merchant ships.

In 1864, Captain Healy returned to Boston, where he applied for a command in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS). He entered as a third lieutenant officer in March 1865 and his commission was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The USRCS would become the government’s mode of transportation for government officials, doctors and scientists, as well as acting as the primary law enforcement agency in the new territory – Alaska had been purchased by the U.S. in 1867.

His 20 years of service between San Francisco and Point Barrow, Alaska included him acting in several facets for the Natives of Alaska. It was his commitment, passion and service to them which he was most recognized for. All the while, guarding the Alaskan coast line and providing services to those he was transporting to the region.

During his tenure, Captain Healy, by virtue of his heritage became the first African American to command a ship in the United States government. The United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy, commissioned in 1999, is named in his honor.

 

Captain Healy died in August of 1904 of a heart attack in San Francisco, shortly after his retirement in 1903 and is one of several Catholics interred at Holy Cross that we continue to pray for daily.

Captain Healy’s story is one that is transcendental. His roots as a man of faith, having grown up in the Catholic Church, are on display several times during his work for the USRCS. His place in history is just as religious and it is historical. Although Captain Healy did not enter priesthood in the same fashion his brothers may have, he certainly undertook a mission of his own to care for and protect those in the Alaskan territory.

The USCG from Coast Guard Island in Alameda has made it their duty to honor and remember their comrade. On February 18, 2016 men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery to gather in honor of Black History month and the memory of Captain Healy.  There was a reading of Captain Healy’s history and contributions he made to the American government as well as his life story. A short prayer concluded the time of the USCG at Holy Cross.

After Captain Healy’s grave was respectfully honored and decorated with flowers and flags, the members of the USCG prepared to return to Alameda. It was apparent that their visit to Holy Cross made an impact, as they thanked us for allowing them to hold such a special service.

Their dedication to Captain Healy and their apparent efforts to bring his story to others speaks to the importance of legacy. Captain Healy and his actions will live on through stories, recounting of his deeds and not allowing his memory to be forgotten. Through the intertwining of his dedication to the USRCS and his Catholic faith, Captain Healy touched the lives of many individuals who truly needed and appreciated his actions. Whether he intended to or not, Captain Healy lived a life truly dedicated to serving others, and that, is what God calls us to do through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Grant unto him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Blog Post by David Mehrwein, Family Services Counselor

April 5, 2016

Remembering USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma is hallowed grounds to nearly 400,000 individuals who now are at rest in the hands of God. There are several stories, legacies and timelines that belong to each individual who rests at Holy Cross. Recently, Holy Cross had the distinct honor of hosting members of the United States Coast Guard from Coast Guard Island Alameda, for a special tribute to one of their own. Their pilgrimage, while brief, was of vast importance. The men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross on a tranquil winter day to honor and remember USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy. Captain Healy served in the United States Revenue Cutter Service – predecessor of the United States Coast Guard – from 1865 to 1903. Captain Healy vigilantly patrolled nearly 20,000 miles of coastline in Alaska and was a friend to missionaries and scientists; as well as being a rescuer of whalers, natives, shipwrecked sailors and impoverished miners. 

Born in Macon, Georgia in 1839 to Michael Morris Healy, an Irish plantation owner, and his wife Mary Eliza Smith, a slave, he was the fifth of ten children. Healy identified as Irish Catholic even though his heritage included African American descent. Being the child of a slave, he and his siblings were sent north to be educated.  The boys were sent to the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts – three becoming priests – while the girls were sent to parochial school in Canada and subsequently entered the order.

In 1850, his oldest brother James Healy became the head of the family after losing their mother and father within a four month span. James was unable to convince Michael to follow him into the priesthood and as a rebellious, unhappy youth he was sent to a seminary in France at the age of 15 in 1854. After leaving school in France after just one year, his journey then carried him to England; where he enrolled as cabin boy on the East American Indian clipper and would later serve as office on other merchant ships.

In 1864, Captain Healy returned to Boston, where he applied for a command in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS). He entered as a third lieutenant in March 1865 and his commission was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The USRCS would become the government’s mode of transportation for government officials, doctors and scientists, as well as acting as the primary law enforcement agency in the new territory – Alaska had been purchased by the U.S. in 1867.

His 20 years of service between San Francisco and Point Barrow, Alaska included him acting in several facets for the Natives of Alaska. It was his commitment, passion and service to them which he was most recognized for. All the while, guarding the Alaskan coast line and providing services to those he was transporting to the region.

During his tenure, Captain Healy, by virtue of his heritage became the first African American to command a ship in the United States government. The United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy, commissioned in 1999, is named in his honor.

 

Captain Healy died in August of 1904 of a heart attack in San Francisco, shortly after his retirement in 1903 and is one of several Catholics interred at Holy Cross that we continue to pray for daily.

Captain Healy’s story is one that is transcendental. His roots as a man of faith, having grown up in the Catholic Church, are on display several times during his work for the USRCS. His place in history is just as religious and it is historical. Although Captain Healy did not enter priesthood in the same fashion his brothers may have, he certainly undertook mission of his own to care for and protect those in the Alaskan territory.

The USCG from Coast Guard Island in Alameda has made it their duty to honor and remember their comrade. On February 18, 2016 men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery to gather in honor of Black History month and the memory of Captain Healy.  There was a reading of Captain Healy’s history and contributions he made to the American government as well as his life story. A short prayer concluded the time of the USCG at Holy Cross.

After Captain Healy’s grave was respectfully honored and decorated with flowers and flags, the members of the USCG prepared to return to Alameda. It was apparent that their visit to Holy Cross made an impact, as they thanked us for allowing them to hold such a special service.

Their dedication to Captain Healy and their apparent efforts to bring his story to others speaks to the importance of legacy. Captain Healy and his actions will live on through stories, recounting of his deeds and not allowing his memory to be forgotten. Through the intertwining of his dedication to the USRCS and his Catholic faith, Captain Healy touched the lives of many individuals who truly needed and appreciated his actions. Whether he intended to or not, Captain Healy lived a life truly dedicated to serving others, and that, is what God calls us to do through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Grant unto him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Blog Post by David Mehrwein, Family Services Counselor

Remembering USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma is hallowed grounds to nearly 400,000 individuals who now are at rest in the hands of God. There are several stories, legacies and timelines that belong to each individual who rests at Holy Cross. Recently, Holy Cross had the distinct honor of hosting members of the United States Coast Guard from Coast Guard Island Alameda, for a special tribute to one of their own. Their pilgrimage, while brief, was of vast importance. The men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross on a tranquil winter day to honor and remember USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy. Captain Healy served in the United States Revenue Cutter Service – predecessor of the United States Coast Guard – from 1865 to 1903. Captain Healy vigilantly patrolled nearly 20,000 miles of coastline in Alaska and was a friend to missionaries and scientists; as well as being a rescuer of whalers, natives, shipwrecked sailors and impoverished miners. 

Born in Macon, Georgia in 1839 to Michael Morris Healy, an Irish plantation owner, and his wife Mary Eliza Smith, a slave, he was the fifth of ten children. Healy identified as Irish Catholic even though his heritage included African American descent. Being the child of a slave, he and his siblings were sent north to be educated.  The boys were sent to the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts – three becoming priests – while the girls were sent to parochial school in Canada and subsequently entered the order.

In 1850, his oldest brother James Healy became the head of the family after losing their mother and father within a four month span. James was unable to convince Michael to follow him into the priesthood and as a rebellious, unhappy youth he was sent to a seminary in France at the age of 15 in 1854. After leaving school in France after just one year, his journey then carried him to England; where he enrolled as cabin boy on the East American Indian clipper and would later serve as office on other merchant ships.

In 1864, Captain Healy returned to Boston, where he applied for a command in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS). He entered as a third lieutenant officer in March 1865 and his commission was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The USRCS would become the government’s mode of transportation for government officials, doctors and scientists, as well as acting as the primary law enforcement agency in the new territory – Alaska had been purchased by the U.S. in 1867.

His 20 years of service between San Francisco and Point Barrow, Alaska included him acting in several facets for the Natives of Alaska. It was his commitment, passion and service to them which he was most recognized for. All the while, guarding the Alaskan coast line and providing services to those he was transporting to the region.

During his tenure, Captain Healy, by virtue of his heritage became the first African American to command a ship in the United States government. The United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy, commissioned in 1999, is named in his honor.

 

Captain Healy died in August of 1904 of a heart attack in San Francisco, shortly after his retirement in 1903 and is one of several Catholics interred at Holy Cross that we continue to pray for daily.

Captain Healy’s story is one that is transcendental. His roots as a man of faith, having grown up in the Catholic Church, are on display several times during his work for the USRCS. His place in history is just as religious and it is historical. Although Captain Healy did not enter priesthood in the same fashion his brothers may have, he certainly undertook a mission of his own to care for and protect those in the Alaskan territory.

The USCG from Coast Guard Island in Alameda has made it their duty to honor and remember their comrade. On February 18, 2016 men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery to gather in honor of Black History month and the memory of Captain Healy.  There was a reading of Captain Healy’s history and contributions he made to the American government as well as his life story. A short prayer concluded the time of the USCG at Holy Cross.

After Captain Healy’s grave was respectfully honored and decorated with flowers and flags, the members of the USCG prepared to return to Alameda. It was apparent that their visit to Holy Cross made an impact, as they thanked us for allowing them to hold such a special service.

Their dedication to Captain Healy and their apparent efforts to bring his story to others speaks to the importance of legacy. Captain Healy and his actions will live on through stories, recounting of his deeds and not allowing his memory to be forgotten. Through the intertwining of his dedication to the USRCS and his Catholic faith, Captain Healy touched the lives of many individuals who truly needed and appreciated his actions. Whether he intended to or not, Captain Healy lived a life truly dedicated to serving others, and that, is what God calls us to do through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Grant unto him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Blog Post by David Mehrwein, Family Services Counselor

Remembering USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma is hallowed grounds to nearly 400,000 individuals who now are at rest in the hands of God. There are several stories, legacies and timelines that belong to each individual who rests at Holy Cross. Recently, Holy Cross had the distinct honor of hosting members of the United States Coast Guard from Coast Guard Island Alameda, for a special tribute to one of their own. Their pilgrimage, while brief, was of vast importance. The men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross on a tranquil winter day to honor and remember USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy. Captain Healy served in the United States Revenue Cutter Service – predecessor of the United States Coast Guard – from 1865 to 1903. Captain Healy vigilantly patrolled nearly 20,000 miles of coastline in Alaska and was a friend to missionaries and scientists; as well as being a rescuer of whalers, natives, shipwrecked sailors and impoverished miners. 

Born in Macon, Georgia in 1839 to Michael Morris Healy, an Irish plantation owner, and his wife Mary Eliza Smith, a slave, he was the fifth of ten children. Healy identified as Irish Catholic even though his heritage included African American descent. Being the child of a slave, he and his siblings were sent north to be educated.  The boys were sent to the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts – three becoming priests – while the girls were sent to parochial school in Canada and subsequently entered the order.

In 1850, his oldest brother James Healy became the head of the family after losing their mother and father within a four month span. James was unable to convince Michael to follow him into the priesthood and as a rebellious, unhappy youth he was sent to a seminary in France at the age of 15 in 1854. After leaving school in France after just one year, his journey then carried him to England; where he enrolled as cabin boy on the East American Indian clipper and would later serve as office on other merchant ships.

In 1864, Captain Healy returned to Boston, where he applied for a command in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS). He entered as a third lieutenant in March 1865 and his commission was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The USRCS would become the government’s mode of transportation for government officials, doctors and scientists, as well as acting as the primary law enforcement agency in the new territory – Alaska had been purchased by the U.S. in 1867.

His 20 years of service between San Francisco and Point Barrow, Alaska included him acting in several facets for the Natives of Alaska. It was his commitment, passion and service to them which he was most recognized for. All the while, guarding the Alaskan coast line and providing services to those he was transporting to the region.

During his tenure, Captain Healy, by virtue of his heritage became the first African American to command a ship in the United States government. The United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy, commissioned in 1999, is named in his honor.

 

Captain Healy died in August of 1904 of a heart attack in San Francisco, shortly after his retirement in 1903 and is one of several Catholics interred at Holy Cross that we continue to pray for daily.

Captain Healy’s story is one that is transcendental. His roots as a man of faith, having grown up in the Catholic Church, are on display several times during his work for the USRCS. His place in history is just as religious and it is historical. Although Captain Healy did not enter priesthood in the same fashion his brothers may have, he certainly undertook mission of his own to care for and protect those in the Alaskan territory.

The USCG from Coast Guard Island in Alameda has made it their duty to honor and remember their comrade. On February 18, 2016 men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery to gather in honor of Black History month and the memory of Captain Healy.  There was a reading of Captain Healy’s history and contributions he made to the American government as well as his life story. A short prayer concluded the time of the USCG at Holy Cross.

After Captain Healy’s grave was respectfully honored and decorated with flowers and flags, the members of the USCG prepared to return to Alameda. It was apparent that their visit to Holy Cross made an impact, as they thanked us for allowing them to hold such a special service.

Their dedication to Captain Healy and their apparent efforts to bring his story to others speaks to the importance of legacy. Captain Healy and his actions will live on through stories, recounting of his deeds and not allowing his memory to be forgotten. Through the intertwining of his dedication to the USRCS and his Catholic faith, Captain Healy touched the lives of many individuals who truly needed and appreciated his actions. Whether he intended to or not, Captain Healy lived a life truly dedicated to serving others, and that, is what God calls us to do through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Grant unto him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Blog Post by David Mehrwein, Family Services Counselor

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Remembering USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy

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Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma is hallowed grounds to nearly 400,000 individuals who now are at rest in the hands of God. There are several stories, legacies and timelines that belong to each individual who rests at Holy Cross. Recently, Holy Cross had the distinct honor of hosting members of the United States Coast Guard from Coast Guard Island Alameda, for a special tribute to one of their own. Their pilgrimage, while brief, was of vast importance. The men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross on a tranquil winter day to honor and remember USRCS Captain Michael J. Healy. Captain Healy served in the United States Revenue Cutter Service – predecessor of the United States Coast Guard – from 1865 to 1903. Captain Healy vigilantly patrolled nearly 20,000 miles of coastline in Alaska and was a friend to missionaries and scientists; as well as being a rescuer of whalers, natives, shipwrecked sailors and impoverished miners.

Born in Macon, Georgia in 1839 to Michael Morris Healy, an Irish plantation owner, and his wife Mary Eliza Smith, a slave, he was the fifth of ten children. Healy identified as Irish Catholic even though his heritage included African American descent. Being the child of a slave, he and his siblings were sent north to be educated.  The boys were sent to the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts – three becoming priests – while the girls were sent to parochial school in Canada and subsequently entered the order.

In 1850, his oldest brother James Healy became the head of the family after losing their mother and father within a four month span. James was unable to convince Michael to follow him into the priesthood and as a rebellious, unhappy youth he was sent to a seminary in France at the age of 15 in 1854. After leaving school in France after just one year, his journey then carried him to England; where he enrolled as cabin boy on the East American Indian clipper and would later serve as office on other merchant ships.

In 1864, Captain Healy returned to Boston, where he applied for a command in the United States Revenue Cutter Service (USRCS). He entered as a third lieutenant in March 1865 and his commission was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The USRCS would become the government’s mode of transportation for government officials, doctors and scientists, as well as acting as the primary law enforcement agency in the new territory – Alaska had been purchased by the U.S. in 1867.

His 20 years of service between San Francisco and Point Barrow, Alaska included him acting in several facets for the Natives of Alaska. It was his commitment, passion and service to them which he was most recognized for. All the while, guarding the Alaskan coast line and providing services to those he was transporting to the region.

During his tenure, Captain Healy, by virtue of his heritage became the first African American to command a ship in the United States government. The United States Coast Guard Cutter Healy, commissioned in 1999, is named in his honor.

 

Captain Healy died in August of 1904 of a heart attack in San Francisco, shortly after his retirement in 1903 and is one of several Catholics interred at Holy Cross that we continue to pray for daily.

Captain Healy’s story is one that is transcendental. His roots as a man of faith, having grown up in the Catholic Church, are on display several times during his work for the USRCS. His place in history is just as religious and it is historical. Although Captain Healy did not enter priesthood in the same fashion his brothers may have, he certainly undertook mission of his own to care for and protect those in the Alaskan territory.

The USCG from Coast Guard Island in Alameda has made it their duty to honor and remember their comrade. On February 18, 2016 men and women of the USCG came to Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery to gather in honor of Black History month and the memory of Captain Healy.  There was a reading of Captain Healy’s history and contributions he made to the American government as well as his life story. A short prayer concluded the time of the USCG at Holy Cross.

After Captain Healy’s grave was respectfully honored and decorated with flowers and flags, the members of the USCG prepared to return to Alameda. It was apparent that their visit to Holy Cross made an impact, as they thanked us for allowing them to hold such a special service.

Their dedication to Captain Healy and their apparent efforts to bring his story to others speaks to the importance of legacy. Captain Healy and his actions will live on through stories, recounting of his deeds and not allowing his memory to be forgotten. Through the intertwining of his dedication to the USRCS and his Catholic faith, Captain Healy touched the lives of many individuals who truly needed and appreciated his actions. Whether he intended to or not, Captain Healy lived a life truly dedicated to serving others, and that, is what God calls us to do through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.

Grant unto him eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Blog Post by David Mehrwein, Family Services Counselor

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Rev. Charito Suan, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Rev. Charito Suan, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Rev. Char

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Join tour director, Michael Svanevik, Professor of History Emeritus, College of San Mateo on Saturday, April 9, 2016 for a waking tour of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.  Meet at the front office at 10am.  There is a fee of $29 with checks made payable to the City of San Mateo.  Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing as the walk will be on hills on pavement and across lawns.  For more information, please call 650.756.2060.

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Join tour director, Michael Svanevik, Professor of History Emeritus, College of San Mateo on Saturday, April 9, 2016 for a waking tour of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.  Meet at the front office at 10am.  There is a fee of $29 with checks made payable to the City of San Mateo.  Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing as the walk will be on hills on pavement and across lawns.  For more information, please call 650.756.2060.

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Join tour director, Michael Svanevik, Professor of History Emeritus, College of San Mateo on Saturday, April 9, 2016 for a waking tour of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.  Meet at the front office at 10am.  There is a fee of $29 with checks made payable to the City of San Mateo.  Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing as the walk will be on hills on pavement and across lawns.  For more information, please call 650.756.2060.

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Join tour director, Michael Svanevik, Professor of History Emeritus, College of San Mateo on Saturday, April 9, 2016 for a waking tour of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma.  Meet at the front office at 10am.  There is a fee of $29 with checks made payable to the City of San Mateo.  Wear comfortable shoes and layered clothing as the walk will be on hills on pavement and across lawns.  For more information, please call 650.756.2060.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma for 1st Saturday Mass.  Rev. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

April 4, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 7, 2016 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Rev. Charito Suan, Celebrant.

March 3, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma for 1st Saturday Mass.  Rev. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma for 1st Saturday Mass.  Rev. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Suicide Loss Survivors Gathering and Prayer – Saturday, January 23, 2016

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This gathering is a time of prayer and conversation for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide or violence.  Offered annually in the beginning of the year, following the holiday season which is often a time of profound sadness, it is a comfortable space to be with others who understand this unique cause of grief.  All are welcome; no fee and no preregistration required.  For more information please contact Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM, at the email or phone number listed below. Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma

  • Date: Jan 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Colma
  • Address: 1500 Mission Road
  • Contact: Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher
  • Email: tonilyn928@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 681-6153
Please go to sfarchdiocese.org for more information.

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested please contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org.

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

 

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested please contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org.

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

 

January 21, 2016

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested please contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org. Please select the date and location most convenient for you:

Saturday, February 6, 10:00-11:30 am

Saint Gabriel Church, 2535 40th Ave., San Francisco

Saturday, February 13, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave., Burlingame

Saturday, February 20, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Teresa Church, 1490 19th St., San Francisco

Saturday, February 27, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Sebastian Church, 373 Bon Air Rd., Kentfield

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

 

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. Please note that there will be no sales pitch. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested please contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org. Please select the date and location most convenient for you:

Saturday, February 6, 10:00-11:30 am

Saint Gabriel Church, 2535 40th Ave., San Francisco

Saturday, February 13, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave., Burlingame

Saturday, February 20, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Teresa Church, 1490 19th St., San Francisco

Saturday, February 27, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Sebastian Church, 373 Bon Air Rd., Kentfield

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

 

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. Please note that there will be no sales pitch. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested please contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org. Please select the date and location most convenient for you:

Saturday, February 6, 10:00-11:30 am

Saint Gabriel Church, 2535 40th Ave., San Francisco

Saturday, February 13, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave., Burlingame

Saturday, February 20, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Teresa Church, 1490 19th St., San Francisco

Saturday, February 27, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Sebastian Church, 373 Bon Air Rd., Kentfield

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

 

January 20, 2016

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested please contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org.

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

 

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. Please note that there will be no sales pitch. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested  - contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org . Please select the date and location most convenient for you:

Saturday, February 6, 10:00-11:30 am

Saint Gabriel Church, 2535 40th Ave., San Francisco

Saturday, February 13, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave., Burlingame

Saturday, February 20, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Teresa Church, 1490 19th St., San Francisco

Saturday, February 27, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Sebastian Church, 373 Bon Air Rd., Kentfield

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

Various dates and locations (see below)


 

Catholic Estate and End-of-Life Planning Seminars

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When it comes to end-of-life bioethical decisions and estate, funeral and burial planning, many people do not know where to begin. Because of this, a great number of people die without having had the opportunity to make funeral and estate plans. And when it comes to making ethical decisions about medical care, many people just don’t know where to receive good advice. The Archdiocese of San Francisco and Catholic Cemeteries are offering a seminar on these topics. Please note that there will be no sales pitch. The goal is to provide up-to-date information that will be of help to families in planning for the future. All parishioners are welcome, and refreshments will be served. The seminar is free but preregistration through the Office of Development is requested  - contact Rev. Anthony Giampietro 415-614-5580 or development@sfarch.org . Please select the date and location most convenient for you:

Saturday, February 6, 10:00-11:30 am

Saint Gabriel Church, 2535 40th Ave., San Francisco

Saturday, February 13, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Catherine of Siena Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave., Burlingame

Saturday, February 20, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Teresa Church, 1490 19th St., San Francisco

Saturday, February 27, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Sebastian Church, 373 Bon Air Rd., Kentfield

Saturday, March 19, 10:00–11:30 am

Saint Bartholomew Church, 300 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo

 

Various dates and locations (see below)


 

January 14, 2016

Suicide Loss Survivors Gathering and Prayer – Saturday, January 23, 2016

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This gathering is a time of prayer and conversation for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide or violence.  Offered annually in the beginning of the year, following the holiday season which is often a time of profound sadness, it is a comfortable space to be with others who understand this unique cause of grief.  All are welcome; no fee and no preregistration required.  For more information please contact Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM, at the email or phone number listed below. Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma

  • Date: Jan 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Colma
  • Address: 1500 Mission Road
  • Contact: Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher
  • Email: tonilyn928@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 681-6153
Please go to sfarchdiocese.org for more information.

Suicide Loss Survivors Gathering and Prayer – Saturday, January 23, 2016

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This gathering is a time of prayer and conversation for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide or violence.  Offered annually in the beginning of the year, following the holiday season which is often a time of profound sadness, it is a comfortable space to be with others who understand this unique cause of grief.  All are welcome; no fee and no preregistration required.  For more information please contact Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM, at the email or phone number listed below. Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma

  • Date: Jan 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Colma
  • Address: 1500 Mission Road
  • Contact: Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher
  • Email: tonilyn928@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 681-6153
Please go to sfarchdiocese.org for more information.

Suicide Loss Survivors Gathering and Prayer

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This gathering is a time of prayer and conversation for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide or violence.  Offered annually in the beginning of the year, following the holiday season which is often a time of profound sadness, it is a comfortable space to be with others who understand this unique cause of grief.  All are welcome; no fee and no preregistration required.  For more information please contact Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM, at the email or phone number listed below. Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma

  • Date: Jan 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Colma
  • Address: 1500 Mission Road
  • Contact: Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher
  • Email: tonilyn928@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 681-6153
Please go to sfarchdiocese.org for more information.

Suicide Loss Survivors Gathering and Prayer – Saturday, January 23, 2016

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This gathering is a time of prayer and conversation for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide or violence.  Offered annually in the beginning of the year, following the holiday season which is often a time of profound sadness, it is a comfortable space to be with others who understand this unique cause of grief.  All are welcome; no fee and no preregistration required.  For more information please contact Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM, at the email or phone number listed below. Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma

  • Date: Jan 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Colma
  • Address: 1500 Mission Road
  • Contact: Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher
  • Email: tonilyn928@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 681-6153
Please go to sfarchdiocese.org for more information.

Suicide Loss Survivors Gathering and Prayer

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Loved You So Much: Remembering those who took their own life or died a violent death

This gathering is a time of prayer and conversation for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide or violence.  Offered annually in the beginning of the year, following the holiday season which is often a time of profound sadness, it is a comfortable space to be with others who understand this unique cause of grief.  All are welcome; no fee and no preregistration required.  For more information please contact Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM, at the email or phone number listed below. Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma

  • Date: Jan 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Colma
  • Address: 1500 Mission Road
  • Contact: Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher
  • Email: tonilyn928@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 681-6153
Please go to sfarchdiocese.org for more information.

Suicide Loss Survivors Gathering and Prayer

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Loved You So Much: Remembering those who took their own life or died a violent death

This gathering is a time of prayer and conversation for anyone who has experienced loss of a loved one to suicide or violence.  Offered annually in the beginning of the year, following the holiday season which is often a time of profound sadness, it is a comfortable space to be with others who understand this unique cause of grief.  All are welcome; no fee and no preregistration required.  For more information please contact Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM, at the email or phone number listed below. Saturday, January 23, 10:00 am, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma

  • Date: Jan 23 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Location: Colma
  • Address: 1500 Mission Road
  • Contact: Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher
  • Email: tonilyn928@att.net
  • Phone: (415) 681-6153
Please go to sfarchdiocese.org for more information.

January 7, 2016

Flower Removal Schedules

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2016 Flower Removal Schedule

January 6, 2016

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. William Brady, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. William Brady, Celebrant.

Auto Draft

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Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 12th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

December 7, 2015

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 12th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 12th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 12th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

1st Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass at 11am.  Rev. Tony LaTorre from St. Phillip’s Parish will celebrate.

1st Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass at 11am.  Rev. Tony LaTorre from St. Phillip’s Parish will celebrate.

1st Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass at 11am.  Rev. Tony LaTorre from St. Phillip’s Parish will celebrate.

1st Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass at 11am.  Rev. Tony LaTorre from St. Phillip’s Parish will celebrate.

1st Saturday Mass

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Please share 1st Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, December 5th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Charito Suan, Celebrant.

November 18, 2015

All Souls Day Mass

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Please share All Souls Day Mass with on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Michael Quinn, Celebrant.

November 7, 2015

1st Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 2, 2016 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass at 11am.  Rev. Tony LaTorre from St. Phillip’s Parish will celebrate.

October 23, 2015

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.  Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.  Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.  Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.  Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.  Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.  Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.  Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.  Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

All Souls Day Mass

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Please share All Souls Day Mass with on Thursday, November 2, 1017 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  

All Souls Day Mass

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Please share All Souls Day Mass with on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Michael Quinn, Celebrant.

All Souls Day Mass

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First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 7th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 7th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Veterans’ Day Service

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th at 11am in the Star of the Sea Section of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery for our Annual Veterans’ Day Memorial Service.  Msgr. Michael Padazinski, Presider – Chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Chaplain, Colonel, United States Air force reserve

Veterans’ Day Service

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th at 11am in the Star of the Sea Section of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery for our Annual Veterans’ Day Memorial Service.  Msgr. Michael Padazinski, Presider – Chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Chaplain, Colonel, United States Air force reserve

Veterans’ Day Service

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th at 11am in the Star of the Sea Section of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery for our Annual Veterans’ Day Memorial Service.  Msgr. Michael Padazinski, Presider – Chancellor of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Chaplain, Colonel, United States Air force reserve

Veterans’ Day Service

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Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th at 11am in the Star of the Sea Section of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery for our Annual Veterans’ Day Memorial Service.  Msgr. Michael Padazin

1st Saturday Mass

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Please share 1st Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, December 5th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Charito Suan, Celebrant.

1st Saturday Mass

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Please share 1st Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, December 5th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Charito Suan, Celebrant.

1st Saturday Mass

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Christmas Remembrance Service

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Please join us on Saturday, December 12th in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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September 21, 2015

Stewardship and Compassion

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Pope Francis is here!  Our Holy Father will visit the United States this week, bringing with him the messages that have consistently marked his Papacy: stewardship and compassion.

In his historic address to Congress and to the United Nations, Pope Francis is expected to reiterate the mandate he set forth in his encyclical Laudato Si: to care for the precious gift of creation.  He challenges us to be better stewards of our resources, and to take better care of our planet.  This challenge speaks directly to Catholic Cemeteries, especially in California where we are already struggling with a record-setting drought.  How can cemeteries live up to the call of Pope Francis?  In today’s world, we have an increasing number of environmentally friendly options available to us.  From conserving energy and water to planting more trees, your Catholic Cemeteries have already made significant steps forward in responding to this call. Last winter, the Town of Colma presented Holy Cross Cemetery with an award for our efforts in sustainability.  There is still more to be done.  Currently we are evaluating all our cemeteries for the potential of developing “green burial” areas.  There are many “shades of green” available to those planning funeral and cemetery services, from wood caskets to linen shrouds to biodegradable urns.

The other call that Pope Francis has sent out is the call to mercy and compassion.  We will soon be observing the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church.  Catholic Cemeteries provide a special, tender occasion to offer mercy and, especially, compassion.  Certainly there is the moment when we sit with a grieving family after a death has occurred, offering them support and guiding them through difficult choices.  There are also moments of companionship for those facing an imminent death; talking to cemetery employees who have walked that same journey.  There are the field workers who see visitors at gravesites, sometimes over many years, and hold their stories – the stories of their loss and their new life.  Importantly, there is also the moment of the committal itself – a moment when we hope that we provide everything that is expected of us as Church – compassion and mercy.  We support our brothers and sisters in faith; we provide an open door to those who have been alienated from the Church for some reason; we offer a glimpse of our life of faith and the meaningful rituals of our Church for those who are not Catholic.  It is a profound moment of compassion and evangelization.

Pope Francis comes as prophet and pastor to challenge us and to comfort us.  May God keep him safe in this journey and may we all be moved to follow his call.

 

 

 

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, October 3, 2015 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, October 3, 2015 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.  Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.  Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 31, 2015 to celebrate Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day with Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Most Rev. William Justice, Celebrant.  Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.  Refreshments and fellowship following Mass.

Stewardship and Compassion

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Pope Francis is here!  Our Holy Father will visit the United States this week, bringing with him the messages that have consistently marked his Papacy: stewardship and compassion.

In his historic address to Congress and to the United Nations, Pope Francis is expected to reiterate the mandate he set forth in his encyclical Laudato Si: to care for the precious gift of creation.  He challenges us to be better stewards of our resources, and to take better care of our planet.  This challenge speaks directly to Catholic Cemeteries, especially in California where we are already struggling with a record-setting drought.  How can cemeteries live up to the call of Pope Francis?  In today’s world, we have an increasing number of environmentally friendly options available to us.  From conserving energy and water to planting more trees, your Catholic Cemeteries have already made significant steps forward in responding to this call. Last winter, the Town of Colma presented Holy Cross Cemetery with an award for our efforts in sustainability.  There is still more to be done.  Currently we are evaluating all our cemeteries for the potential of developing “green burial” areas.  There are many “shades of green” available to those planning funeral and cemetery services, from wood caskets to linen shrouds to biodegradable urns.

The other call that Pope Francis has sent out is the call to mercy and compassion.  We will soon be observing the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church.  Catholic Cemeteries provide a special, tender occasion to offer mercy and, especially, compassion.  Certainly there is the moment when we sit with a grieving family after a death has occurred, offering them support and guiding them through difficult choices.  There are also moments of companionship for those facing an imminent death; talking to cemetery employees who have walked that same journey.  There are the field workers who see visitors at gravesites, sometimes over many years, and hold their stories – the stories of their loss and their new life.  Importantly, there is also the moment of the committal itself – a moment when we hope that we provide everything that is expected of us as Church – compassion and mercy.  We support our brothers and sisters in faith; we provide an open door to those who have been alienated from the Church for some reason; we offer a glimpse of our life of faith and the meaningful rituals of our Church for those who are not Catholic.  It is a profound moment of compassion and evangelization.

Pope Francis comes as prophet and pastor to challenge us and to comfort us.  May God keep him safe in this journey and may we all be moved to follow his call.

 

 

 

Stewardship and Compassion

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Pope Francis is here!  Our Holy Father will visit the United States this week, bringing with him the messages that have consistently marked his Papacy: stewardship and compassion.

In his historic address to Congress and to the United Nations, Pope Francis is expected to reiterate the mandate he set forth in his encyclical Laudato Si: to care for the precious gift of creation.  He challenges us to be better stewards of our resources, and to take better care of our planet.  This challenge speaks directly to Catholic Cemeteries, especially in California where we are already struggling with a record-setting drought.  How can cemeteries live up to the call of Pope Francis?  In today’s world, we have an increasing number of environmentally friendly options available to us.  From conserving energy and water to planting more trees, your Catholic Cemeteries have already made significant steps forward in responding to this call.  Last winter, the Town of Colma presented Holy Cross Cemetery with an award for our efforts in sustainability.  There is still more to be done.  Currently we are evaluating all our cemeteries for the potential of developing “green burial” areas.  There are many “shades of green” available to those planning funeral and cemetery services, from wood caskets to linen shrouds to biodegradeable urns.

The other call that Pope Francis has sent out is the call to mercy and compassion.  We will soon be observing the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church.  Catholic Cemeteries provide a special, tender occasion to offer mercy and, especially, compassion.  Certainly there is the moment when we sit with a grieving family after a death has occurred, offering them support and guiding them through difficult choices.  There are also moments of companionship for those facing an imminent death; talking to cemetery employees who have walked that same journey.  There are the field workers who see visitors at gravesites, sometimes over many years, and hold their stories – the stories of their loss and their new life.  Importantly, there is also the moment of the committal itself – a moment when we hope that we provide everything that is expected of us as Church – compassion and mercy.  We support our brothers and sisters in faith; we provide an open door to those who have been alienated from the Church for some reason; we offer a glimpse of our life of faith and the meaningful rituals of our Church for those who are not Catholic.  It is a profound moment of compassion and evangelization.

 

Pope Francis comes as prophet and pastor to challenge us and to comfort us.  May God keep him safe in this journey and may we all be moved to follow his call.

 

 

 

Stewardship and Compassion

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Pope Francis is here!  Our Holy Father will visit the United States this week, bringing with him the messages that have consistently marked his Papacy: stewardship and compassion.

In his historic address to Congress and to the United Nations, Pope Francis is expected to reiterate the mandate he set forth in his encyclical Laudato Si: to care for the precious gift of creation.  He challenges us to be better stewards of our resources, and to take better care of our planet.  This challenge speaks directly to Catholic Cemeteries, especially in California where we are already struggling with a record-setting drought.  How can cemeteries live up to the call of Pope Francis?  In today’s world, we have an increasing number of environmentally friendly options available to us.  From conserving energy and water to planting more trees, your Catholic Cemeteries have already made significant steps forward in responding to this call.  Last winter, the Town of Colma presented Holy Cross Cemetery with an award for our efforts in sustainability.  There is still more to be done.  Currently we are evaluating all our cemeteries for the potential of developing “green burial” areas.  There are many “shades of green” available to those planning funeral and cemetery services, from wood caskets to linen shrouds to biodegradeable urns.

The other call that Pope Francis has sent out is the call to mercy and compassion.  We will soon be observing the Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church.  Catholic Cemeteries provide a special, tender occasion to offer mercy and, especially, compassion.  Certainly there is the moment when we sit with a grieving family after a death has occurred, offering them support and guiding them through difficult choices.  There are also moments of companionship for those facing an imminent death; talking to cemetery employees who have walked that same journey.  There are the field workers who see visitors at gravesites, sometimes over many years, and hold their stories – the stories of their loss and their new life.  Importantly, there is also the moment of the committal itself – a moment when we hope that we provide everything that is expected of us as Church – compassion and mercy.  We support our brothers and sisters in faith; we provide an open door to those who have been alienated from the Church for some reason; we offer a glimpse of our life of faith and the meaningful rituals of our Church for those who are not Catholic.  It is a profound moment of compassion and evangelization.

 

Pope Francis comes as prophet and pastor to challenge us and to comfort us.  May God keep him safe in this journey and may we all be moved to follow his call.

 

 

 

August 4, 2015

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Thomas M. Parenti, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Rev. Charles Puthota, Pastor of St. Veronica’s Parish, will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am.  Rev. Charles Puthota, Pastor of St. Veronica’s Parish, will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am

Good Shepherd

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Lovely new cremation garden in Holy Cross Colma. Sold only as a cremation burial package, call a family services counselor for more details.

June 17, 2015

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

CREMATION CHART

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CREMATION CHART

June 15, 2015

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report(Figure A)

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

(Figure A)

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

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First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Thomas M. Parenti, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Thomas M. Parenti, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Thomas M. Pa

Rev. Thomas M. Parenti, Celebrant

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

(Figure A)

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

Cremation: A Growing Trend

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When people think upon what their experience has been when dealing with the death of a loved one, there is a looming question that comes up more often than not:

Did this person want to be cremated or buried in a casket?

Traditionally, in-ground burial has long been the ideal for folks of many cultures and backgrounds, including – by and large – Catholics. In fact, for a long time, cremation was not an acceptable form of disposition in the eyes of the Catholic Church. But before we get into the details of Catholicism’s view on cremation, let’s take a look at the larger picture.

While it is true that cost is a factor in answering the “cremation vs. ground burial” debate, there is also the viewpoint of the person themselves. For some, it’s a matter of personal preference or religious beliefs whether to be cremated or have their remains buried. For others, it can be a matter of fear or discomfort in regards to either form of disposition. However, one thing is for certain: cremation is on the rise.

Whether or not you agree with cremation, it is certainly a growing trend in North America – more specifically, here in the United States. According to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) cremation in the U.S. is projected to continue to increase, tipping the scales largely in favor of cremation vs. ground burial (Figure A).

Year Projected Burial Rate Projected Cremation Rate
2015

45.8%

48.2%

2020

38.1%

55.8%

2030

23.2%

70.6%

(Figure A)

Source: 2014 NFDA Cremation & Burial Report

Increasingly, cremation will become an integral part of how we choose to lay our loved ones to rest. In fact, in 2015, those of us living in California are projected to have the 13th highest rate of cremations in the country at 64.8% of all deaths resulting in cremation. Whereas, states such as Mississippi and Alabama have the lowest cremation rates of just 19.1% and 24.5% respectively.

So, as Catholics, what does it mean for us as cremation continues to rise in popularity? Do we have to stay aligned with the church’s historic position true regarding burial, or can we choose cremation as our preferred method of disposition?

To answer this question, let’s look at the background of cremation in our faith.

In 1963, the Catholic Church revised its stance on cremation and in 1966 allowed priests to officiate cremation ceremonies. Since then, more and more Catholics have chosen cremation as a way of disposition – bearing in mind the church prefers one to keep the cremated remains together and inter them in a Catholic Cemetery.

Essentially, with a growing trend in cremation, and under the guidance of the church, anyone may make the “cremation vs. casket burial” a decision for oneself.

However, what most don’t realize when it comes to having a full, traditional Catholic funeral; one can even then choose cremation. One can have a viewing, Vigil Service and a Funeral Mass with the full remains present and then proceed to have a cremation afterwards. And after the cremation, have cremated remains interred in a Catholic Cemetery – a sacred place of rest in the hands of God.

Here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we offer a variety of spaces for cremated remains – from in ground burial to glass and marble niches in our mausoleums. All of which, are a sacred and hallowed place for our loved ones – and ourselves – to be in the care of the Lord.

Our most recently opened area for cremated remains ground burial is Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, where a beautiful shrine of the Good Shepherd overlooks all of those interred (Figure B).

 

The Good Shepherd shrine overlooking Good Shepherd Cremation Garden

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma

For it was Jesus who said, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

With the growing trend of cremation, Catholics have embraced it as an accepted form of disposition. Here at Holy Cross, we are in a unique position to be able to help guide families in an educated manner when it comes to cremation.

For more information on cremation and Good Shepherd Cremation Garden, please contact us here at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at (650) 756-2060. We offer several options for inurnment, in both in-ground and indoor/outdoor niche settings.

May 19, 2015

Memorial Day – 2015

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Please share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, 2015 at your Catholic Cemeteries – Holy Cross Colma 11am in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel -Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D. Bishop of Pasig, PI will be the main celebrant, Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy concelebrating.  Holy Cross Menlo Park – 11am Outdoor Mass – Rev. Christopher Fadok, Celebrant. Mt. Olivet Cemetery San Rafael 11am Outdoor Mass Rev. Paul E. Perry Celebrant. Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery Half Moon Bay – 9:30 am outdoor Mass – Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant

Memorial Day – 2015

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Please share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, 2015 at your Catholic Cemeteries – Holy Cross Colma 11am in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel -Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D. Bishop of Pasig, PI will be the main celebrant, Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy concelebrating.  Holy Cross Menlo Park – 11am Outdoor Mass – Rev. Christopher Fadok, Celebrant. Mt. Olivet Cemetery San Rafael 11am Outdoor Mass Rev. Paul E. Perry Celebrant. Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery Half Moon Bay – 9:30 am outdoor Mass – Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant

Memorial Day – 2015

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Please share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, 2015 at your Catholic Cemeteries – Holy Cross Colma 11am in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel -Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D. Bishop of Pasig, PI will be the main celebrant, Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy concelebrating.  Holy Cross Menlo Park – 11am Outdoor Mass – Rev. Christopher Fadok, Celebrant – Mt. Olivet Cemetery San Rafael 11am Outdoor Mass Rev. Paul E. Perry Celebrant – Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery Half Moon Bay – 9:30 am outdoor Mass – Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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Please share first Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share first Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share first Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share first Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share first Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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April 27, 2015

Good Shephard

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Lovely new cremation garden in Holy Cross Colma. Sold only as a cremation burial package, call a family services counselor for more details.

Good Shephard

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Lovely new cremation garden in Holy Cross Colma.  Sold only as a cremation burial package, call a family services counselor for more details.



	

Good Shephard

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Lovely new cremation garden in Holy Cross Colma.  Sold only as a cremation burial package, call a family services counselor for more details.



	

Good Shephard

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Lovely new cremation garden in Holy Cross Colma.  Sold only as a cremation burial package, call a family services counselor for more details.



	

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma
reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma
reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

Cemetery Watering

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Earlier this month, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order requiring significant reduction in water usage in response to ongoing drought conditions. In the order, the Governor specifically included institutional properties such as cemeteries. At the seven Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, water usage has been evaluated and certain conservation measures have already been put in place. Several of our cemeteries are using reclaimed or non-potable well water; others are not irrigated at all.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is blessed to be situated above a deep aquifer and maintains its irrigation through the use of well water. Because the cemetery uses non-potable water, it is not covered by the recent Executive Order. Nonetheless, we believe that stewardship is an essential part of the ministry of our cemeteries and will continue to look for ways to reduce water usage and increase conservation. Last year, recognizing the ongoing drought status in California, Holy Cross in Colma reduced its watering schedule from daily watering, resulting in a cutback in irrigation of approximately 30%. Additional conservation measures include replacing and updating sprinkler heads and nozzles and increasing tree planting to provide more shade cover and preserve moisture in the lawn areas. Holy Cross has begun a Memorial Tree program which allows members of the public to donate funds for tree planting; a memorial stone is placed by the tree which can honor a loved one.

Visiting the cemetery is an important part of our Catholic tradition. At the Catholic Cemeteries, we strive to maintain a serene and beautiful environment that provides comfort and consolation to the thousands of visitors who come to the cemeteries to pray for loved ones. We will continue to work toward maintaining a balance between appearance and stewardship and we pray for God’s generous response to our state’s drought crisis.

April 13, 2015

Why do cemeteries have decoration regulations?

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It seems that one of the most controversial sides of a cemetery has to do with decorations. Most active cemeteries have regulations about what can and cannot be placed on the graves and crypts. Even Dear Abby received a letter about this topic recently. The simplest explanation for the regulations cemeteries have is: safety and maintenance.

For example, we don’t allow candles with real flames on the graves. Believe it or not, we have had to put out fires, re-sod grass, and resurface headstones because of candles. Lighting a candle in memory of your loved one is a beautiful practice, but can be a dangerous practice outdoors in the cemetery. We have memorial candles available by the chapel in All Saints Mausoleum that are a lovely alternative.

Why can’t decorations extend past the headstone and onto the lawn area of the grave? Access. At any given time, we need access to all the graves in the cemetery. There may be a nearby burial, the installation of a headstone, a plumbing issue, mowing, etc. The grassy areas that cover the graves have to allow our personnel and equipment to pass through. Why do your rules say only flowers? So many of the lovely decorations that people bring out to the cemetery create problems. Glass and ceramic can be easily broken, pebbles and rocks can get caught up in our mowers and projected dangerously. Added to that, we cannot guarantee that everyone who comes to visit the cemetery has the best intentions in mind. I remind our visitors of this practice: If it would break your heart if that decoration was broken, lost or stolen, don’t bring it to the cemetery.

And the biggest question of all: Why does the cemetery remove flowers regularly in certain sections? This has to do with our mowing schedule. In the areas of the cemetery with flat headstones, the mowers will hit and destroy flowers left on the graves. This would leave us with a mess of flower debris throughout the section. Instead, we have a schedule of flower removal that we post every year in order to allow us to maintain the lawns in the sections. We love to see visitors decorating graves in the cemetery, but please remember that the regulations exist for your safety and to enable us to maintain this beautiful place.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Augusto E. Villote, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Augusto E. Villote, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Augusto E. Villote, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Augusto E. Villote, Pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Ha
HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CEMETERY – COLMA
FIRST SATURDAY MASS
SATURDAY – MAY 2, 2015
ALL SAINTS MAUSOLEUM CHAPEL – 11:00 AM
REV. AUGUSTO E. VILLOTE, CELEBRANT
PASTOR OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL CHURCH

MEMORIAL DAY MASS
MONDAY – MAY 25, 2015
HOLY CROSS MAUSOLEUM CHAPEL – 11 AM

Memorial Day – 2015

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Please share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11am in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel.

Memorial Day – 2015

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Please share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, 2015 at your Catholic Cemeteries – Holy Cross Colma 11am in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel -Most Rev. Mylo Hubert Vergara, D.D. Bishop of Pasig, PI will be the main celebrant, Rev. Raymund M. Reyes, Vicar for Clergy concelebrating.  Holy Cross Menlo Park – 11am Outdoor Mass – Rev. Christopher Fadok, Celebrant. Mt. Olivet Cemetery San Rafael 11am Outdoor Mass Rev. Paul E. Perry Celebrant. Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery Half Moon Bay – 9:30 am outdoor Mass – Rev. Joseph Previtali, Celebrant

Memorial Day – 2015

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Please share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11am in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel.

Memorial Day – 2015

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Please share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11am in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel.

HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CEMETERY – COLMA
FIRST SATURDAY MASS
SATURDAY – MAY 2, 2015
ALL SAINTS MAUSOLEUM CHAPEL – 11:00 AM
REV. AUGUSTO E. VILLOTE, CELEBRANT
PASTOR OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL CHURCH

MEMORIAL DAY MASS
MONDAY – MAY 25, 2015
HOLY CROSS MAUSOLEUM CHAPEL – 11 AM

Why do cemeteries have decoration regulations?

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It seems that one of the most controversial sides of a cemetery has to do with decorations. Most active cemeteries have regulations about what can and cannot be placed on the graves and crypts. Even Dear Abby received a letter about this topic recently. The simplest explanation for the regulations cemeteries have is: safety and maintenance.

For example, we don’t allow candles with real flames on the graves. Believe it or not, we have had to put out fires, re-sod grass, and resurface headstones because of candles. Lighting a candle in memory of your loved one is a beautiful practice, but can be a dangerous practice outdoors in the cemetery. We have memorial candles available by the chapel in All Saints Mausoleum that are a lovely alternative.

Why can’t decorations extend past the headstone and onto the lawn area of the grave? Access. At any given time, we need access to all the graves in the cemetery. There may be a nearby burial, the installation of a headstone, a plumbing issue, mowing, etc. The grassy areas that cover the graves have to allow our personnel and equipment to pass through. Why do your rules say only flowers? So many of the lovely decorations that people bring out to the cemetery create problems. Glass and ceramic can be easily broken, pebbles and rocks can get caught up in our mowers and projected dangerously. Added to that, we cannot guarantee that everyone who comes to visit the cemetery has the best intentions in mind. I remind our visitors of this practice: If it would break your heart if that decoration was broken, lost or stolen, don’t bring it to the cemetery.

And the biggest question of all: Why does the cemetery remove flowers regularly in certain sections? This has to do with our mowing schedule. In the areas of the cemetery with flat headstones, the mowers will hit and destroy flowers left on the graves. This would leave us with a mess of flower debris throughout the section. Instead, we have a schedule of flower removal that we post every year in order to allow us to maintain the lawns in the sections. We love to see visitors decorating graves in the cemetery, but please remember that the regulations exist for your safety and to enable us to maintain this beautiful place.

April 12, 2015

First Saturday Mass

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Please share first Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.  Rev. Brian Costello, celebrant.

March 13, 2015

Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM and the Holy Cross community for our Holy Saturday and Prayer Service on Saturday, April 4 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. This year First Saturday fall on Holy Saturday so Mass will not be offered. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM and the Holy Cross community for our Holy Saturday and Prayer Service on Saturday, April 4 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. This year First Saturday fall on Holy Saturday so Mass will not be offered. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at Holy Cross in Colma. Celebrant, Rev. Tony LaTorre – Pastor of St. Philips.

Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service

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We invite you to share Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service on Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM will lead the service. As First Saturday falls on Holy Saturday, Mass will not be offered.

Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service

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We invite you to share Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service on Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM will lead the service. As First Saturday falls on Holy Saturday, Mass will not be offered.

Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service

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We invite you to share Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service on Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM will lead the service. As First Saturday falls on Holy Saturday, Mass will not be offered.

Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service

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We invite you to share Holy Saturday Reflection and Prayer Service on Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Sr. Toni Lynn Gallager, RSM will lead the service. As First Saturday falls on Holy Saturday, Mass will not be offered.

March 7, 2015

Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM and the Holy Cross community for our Holy Saturday and Prayer Service on Saturday, April 4 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. This year First Saturday falls on Holy Saturday so Mass will not be offered. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

March 2, 2015

LENTEN REFLECTION

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Rev. Tony LaTorre, pastor of St. Phillips, and the Holy Cross community for our First Saturday Mass on March 7 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

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Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Rev. Tony LaTorre, pastor of St. Phillips, and the Holy Cross community for our First Saturday Mass on March 7 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Rev. Tony LaTorre, pastor of St. Phillips, and the Holy Cross community for our First Saturday Mass on March 7 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at Holy Cross in Colma. Celebrant, Rev. Tony LaTorre – Pastor of St. Philips.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at Holy Cross in Colma. Celebrant, Rev. Tony LaTorre – Pastor of St. Philips.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at Holy Cross in Colma. Celebrant, Rev. T

January 8, 2015

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Daniel Carter will be the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Daniel Carter will be the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, February 7, 2015 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, February 7, 2015 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, February – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

January 7, 2015

Flower Removal Schedules

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2015 Flower Removal Schedule

Flower Removal Schedules

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2015 Flower Removal Schedule

November 17, 2014

Holiday Grief

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Missing a loved one during the holidays can be painful. Memories can surround and overwhelm us during a season when everyone else seems happy. Take some time for yourself this holiday season. Don’t feel obligated to attend every holiday gathering. Take time to remember your loved one in a way that is meaningful to you. Spend some time doing something that reminds you of your loved one: enjoy a favorite food, walk in a favorite place, listen to favorite music. Visit the cemetery; it is a peaceful, sacred place. At Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, we will host a Christmas Remembrance Service on Saturday, December 13th at 11am. During the candle lighting ceremony, you will have a chance to write a name or message on an ornament and hang them on our Christmas Trees. You are welcome to join us!

Holiday Grief

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Missing a loved one during the holidays can be painful. Memories can surround and overwhelm us during a season when everyone else seems happy. Take some time for yourself this holiday season. Don’t feel obligated to attend every holiday gathering. Take time to remember your loved one in a way that is meaningful to you. Spend some time doing something that reminds you of your loved one: enjoy a favorite food, walk in a favorite place, listen to favorite music. Visit the cemetery; it is a peaceful, sacred place. At Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, we will host a Christmas Remembrance Service on Saturday, December 13th at 11am. During the candle lighting ceremony, you will have a chance to write a name or message on an ornament and hang them on our Christmas Trees. You are welcome to join us!

Holiday Grief

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Missing a loved one during the holidays can be painful. Memories can surround and overwhelm us during a season when everyone else seems happy. Take some time for yourself this holiday season. Don’t feel obligated to attend every holiday gathering. Take time to remember your loved one in a way that is meaningful to you. Spend some time doing something that reminds you of your loved one: enjoy a favorite food, walk in a favorite place, listen to favorite music. Visit the cemetery; it is a peaceful, sacred place. At Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, we will host a Christmas Remembrance Service on Saturday, December 13th at 11am. During the candle lighting ceremony, you will have a chance to write a name or message on an ornament and hang them on our Christmas Trees. You are welcome to join us!

November 8, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Daniel Carter will be the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Daniel Carter will be the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Daniel Carter will be the Celebrant.

Veterans Day Service

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Star of the Sea Section for our Annual Veterans’ Day Remembrance Service. Outdoors in front of the flags.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate. If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings. We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate. If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings. We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

Veterans Day Service

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Star of the Sea Section for our Annual Veterans’ Day Remembrance Service. Outdoors in front of the flags.

October 27, 2014

Veterans Day Service

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Star of the Sea Section for our Annual Veterans’ Day Remembrance Service. Outdoors in front of the flags.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, October 4, 2014 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

Veterans Day Service

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Star of the Sea Section for our Annual Veterans’ Day Remembrance Service. Outdoors in front of the flags.

Veterans Day Service

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Star of the Sea Section for our Annual Veterans’ Day Remembrance Service. Outdoors in front of the flags.

Veterans Day Service

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Star of the Sea Section for

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday November 1, 2014 in Holy Cross Mausoleum at 11:00 am o share All Saints Day/All Souls Day Mass and celebrate Todos Los Santos. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Celebrant. Refreshments and fellowship after Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday November 1, 2014 in Holy Cross Mausoleum at 11:00 am o share All Saints Day/All Souls Day Mass and celebrate Todos Los Santos. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Celebrant. Refreshments and fellowship after Mass.

September 30, 2014

Walking Tour – Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Join Historian Michael Svanevik for a 90-minute walk in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Meet the legendary personalities and Catholic pioneers of yesteryear. Politicians, baners, public servants, baseball greats and many more. this is a walking tour in hill, cross-country terrain. Wear comfortable shoes. Saturday, October 11th at 10am. Register at cemetery before tour begins. Cost: $25. Please make checks payable to City of San Mateo.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, October 4, 2014 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, October 4, 2014 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

Walking Tour – Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Join Historian Michael Svanevik for a 90-minute walk in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Meet the legendary personalities and Catholic pioneers of yesteryear. Politicians, baners, public servants, baseball greats and many more. this is a walking tour in hill, cross-country terrain. Wear comfortable shoes. Saturday, October 11th at 10am. Register at cemetery before tour begins. Cost: $25. Please make checks payable to City of San Mateo.

Walking Tour – Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Join Historian Michael Svanevik for a 90-minute walk in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Meet the legendary personalities and Catholic pioneers of yesteryear. Politicians, baners, public servants, baseball greats and many more. this is a walking tour in hill, cross-country terrain. Wear comfortable shoes. Saturday, October 11th at 10am. Register at cemetery before tour begins. Cost: $25. Please make checks payable to City of San Mateo.

Walking Tour – Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Join Historian Michael Svanevik for a 90-minute walk in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Meet the legendary personalities and Catholic pioneers of yesteryear. Politicians, baners, public servants, baseball greats and many more. this is a walking tour in hill, cross-country terrain. Wear comfortable shoes. Saturday, October 11th at 10am. Register at cemetery before tour begins. Cost: $25. Please make checks payable to Ci

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, October 4, 2014 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

September 29, 2014

Walking Tour – Saturday, October 11, 2014

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Join Historian Michael Svanevik for a 90-minute walk in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma. Meet the legendary personalities and Catholic pioneers of yesteryear. Politicians, baners, public servants, baseball greats and many more. this is a walking tour in hill, cross-country terrain. Wear comfortable shoes. Saturday, October 11th at 10am. Register at cemetery before tour begins. Cost: $25. Please make checks payable to City of San Mateo.

September 13, 2014

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

Learning to Live With Grief

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A workshop with Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM on Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 9:30 am – noon All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Everyone is invited.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, October 4, 2014 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Charito Suan, Pastor of St. Elizabeth will be the celebrant.

Learning to Live With Grief

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A workshop with Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM on Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 9:30 am – noon All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Everyone is invited.

Learning to Live With Grief

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A workshop with Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM on Saturday, September 27th – 9:30 am – noon All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Everyone is invited.

Learning to Live With Grief

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A workshop with Sr. Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM on Saturday, September 27th – 9:30 am – noon All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Everyone is invited.

First Saturday Mass

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.

First Saturday Mass

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Todos Los Santos – All Saints – All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 as Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrants Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Refreshments following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints – All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 as Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrants Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Refreshments following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints – All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 as Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrants Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Refreshments following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints – All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 as Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrants Mass in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Refreshments following Mass.

Todos Los Santos – All Saints – All Souls Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 1, 2014 as Archbishop S

September 12, 2014

Veterans Day Service

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Star of the Sea Section for our Annual Veterans’ Day Remembrance Service. Outdoors in front of the flags.

September 8, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Daniel Carter will be the Celebrant.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 13, 2014 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate. If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings. We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

August 2, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Charito Suan, Pastor of St. Elizabeth will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Charito Suan, Pastor of St. Elizabeth will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass with us on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel. Rev. Charito Suan, Pastor of St. Elizabeth will be the celebrant.

July 9, 2014

Independence Day Special

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In honor of our Nation’s Birthday, you can receive a discount of $1776 on tandem crypts in the St. Michael Corridor of All Saints Mausoleum. All charges must be paid in full. Please call 650.756.2060 for more information.

Independence Day Special

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In honor of our Nation’s Birthday, you can receive a discount of $1776 on tandem crypts in the St. Michael Corridor of All Saints Mausoleum. All charges must be paid in full. Please call

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. John Ryan from St. Catherine of Siena will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. John Ryan from St. Catherine of Siena will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. John Ryan from St. Catherine of Siena will celebrate.

July 7, 2014

Independence Day Special

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In honor of our Nation’s Birthday, you can receive a discount of $1776 on tandem crypts in the St. Michael Corridor of All Saints Mausoleum. All charges must be paid in full. Please call 650.756.2060 for more information.

May 27, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant – Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 7, 2014 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant – Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 1, 2014 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant – Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, June 1, 2014 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel

April 30, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please join un at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, May 3, 2014 – First Saturday Mass – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am. Rev. Joseph Walsh, Celebrant – St. Gabriel Parish

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am. Rev. Brian McKenna from Our Lady of Angels is the celebrant.

Annual Memorial Day Masses

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Please join us on Monday – May 26, 2014 for Memorial Day Mass: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Celebrant is Most. Rev. William J. Justice; Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Lawrence Goode and Rev. Christopher Fadok O.P., Celebrants; Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Paul E. Perry, Celebrant; Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

Annual Memorial Day Masses

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Please join us on Monday – May 26, 2014 for Memorial Day Mass: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Celebrant is Most. Rev. William J. Justice; Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Lawrence Goode and Rev. Christopher Fadok O.P., Celebrants; Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Paul E. Perry, Celebrant; Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

Annual Memorial Day Masses

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Please join us on Monday – May 26, 2014 for Memorial Day Mass: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Celebrant is Most. Rev. William J. Justice; Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Lawrence Goode and Rev. Christopher Fadok O.P., Celebrants; Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Paul E. Perry, Celebrant; Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

April 12, 2014

Canonization Celebration

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Last November on All Souls Day, Archbishop Cordileone blessed and dedicated our new John Paul II Columbarium. On Sunday, April 27, Blessed John Paul II will be canonized a saint by Pope Francis. In celebration of this special day, we have created a specially discounted package for our Columbarium. With the purchase of a glass niche, associated inurnment charges and urn, you will receive the opening and closing fee for only $1.00. Our Family Service Counselors can help you select an individual or family niche.

Why do we name sections of the cemetery after saints? Naming a section after a saint not only reminds us that we are all part of the Communion of Saints, but also that our loved ones interred in those sections are entrusted to the special prayer and intercession of that saint.
As we look forward to the canonization of Blessed John Paul II on Sunday, April 27, we entrust the souls of those placed in our columbarium to his prayerful care and we receive comfort from his inspirational words: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.”

St. John Paul II, pray for us.

Canonization Celebration

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Last November on All Souls Day, Archbishop Cordileone blessed and dedicated our new John Paul II Columbarium. On Sunday, April 27, Blessed John Paul II will be canonized a saint by Pope Francis. In celebration of this special day, we have created a specially discounted package for our Columbarium. With the purchase of a glass niche, associated inurnment charges and urn, you will receive the opening and closing fee for only $1.00. Our Family Service Counselors can help you select an individual or family niche.

Why do we name sections of the cemetery after saints? Naming a section after a saint not only reminds us that we are all part of the Communion of Saints, but also that our loved ones interred in those sections are entrusted to the special prayer and intercession of that saint.
As we look forward to the canonization of Blessed John Paul II on Sunday, April 27, we entrust the souls of those placed in our columbarium to his prayerful care and we receive comfort from his inspirational words: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.”

St. John Paul II, pray for us.

Canonization Celebration

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Last November on All Souls Day, Archbishop Cordileone blessed and dedicated our new John Paul II Columbarium. On Sunday, April 27, Blessed John Paul II will be canonized a saint by Pope Francis. In celebration of this special day, we have created a specially discounted package for our Columbarium. With the purchase of a glass niche, associated inurnment charges and urn, you will receive the opening and closing fee for only $1.00. Our Family Service Counselors can help you select an individual or family niche.

Why do we name sections of the cemetery after saints? Naming a section after a saint not only reminds us that we are all part of the Communion of Saints, but also that our loved ones interred in those sections are entrusted to the special prayer and intercession of that saint.
As we look forward to the canonization of Blessed John Paul II on Sunday, April 27, we entrust the souls of those placed in our columbarium to his prayerful care and we receive comfort from his inspirational words: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song.”

St. John Paul II, pray for us.

April 10, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please join un at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, May 3, 2014 – First Saturday Mass – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am. Rev. Joseph Walsh, Celebrant – St. Gabriel Parish

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am. Rev. Brian McKenna from Our Lady of Angels is the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join un at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, May 3, 2014 – First Saturday Mass – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am. Rev. Joseph Walsh, Celebrant – St. Gabriel Parish

First Saturday Mass

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Please join un at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, May 3, 2014 – First Saturday Mass – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am. Rev. Joseph Walsh, Celebrant – St. Gabriel Parish

First Saturday Mass

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Please join un at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, May 3, 2014 – First Saturday Mass – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am. Rev. Joseph Walsh, Celebrant – St. Gabriel Parish

April 4, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am. Rev. Brian McKenna from Our Lady of Angels is the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join un at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma on Saturday, May 3, 2014 – First Saturday Mass – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am. Rev. Joseph Walsh, Celebrant – St. Gabriel Parish

April 3, 2014

Annual Memorial Day Masses

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Please join us on Monday – May 26, 2014 for Memorial Day Mass: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Celebrant is Most. Rev. William J. Justice; Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Lawrence Goode and Rev. Christopher Fadok O.P., Celebrants; Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Paul E. Perry, Celebrant; Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

April 2, 2014

89th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 10am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel as we celebrate Mass in honor of Father Peter Yorke. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. After Mass, the Pearse & Connelly fife and Drum Corps will lead the procession to Father Yorke’s tomb to lay a wreath.

89th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 10am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel as we celebrate Mass in honor of Father Peter Yorke. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. After Mass, the Pearse & Connelly fife and Drum Corps will lead the procession to Father Yorke’s tomb

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am. Rev. Brian McKenna from Our Lady of Angels is the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am. Rev. Brian McKenna from Our Lady of Angels is the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, April 5, 2014 for First Saturday Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am. Rev. Brian McKenna from Our Lady of Angels is the celebran

March 25, 2014

89th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 10am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel as we celebrate Mass in honor of Father Peter Yorke. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. After Mass, the Pearse & Connelly fife and Drum Corps will lead the procession to Father Yorke’s tomb to lay a wreath.

February 28, 2014

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Satuday, March 1, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Michael Brillantes, Pastor of St. Bruno Parish will be the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Satuday, March 1, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Michael Brillantes, Pastor of St. Bruno Parish will be the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Satuday, March 1, 2014 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Michael Brillantes, Pastor of St. Bruno ParishRev. Michael Brillantes, Celebrant Pastor of St. Bruno Parish

January 31, 2014

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

January 27, 2014

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains. We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains.
We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

But Dad loved the ocean…

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People often believe that if they choose cremation, they will be scattered. However, the Catholic Cemeteries offer a variety of options for the placement of cremated remains.
We spend a great deal of time talking about the importance of permanent placement and permanent memorialization. Instinctively, people seem to “get it”. Our historic walking tours are very popular (everyone wants to know “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”) and our genealogy research inquiries are constant. People want to know where their heroes and their loved ones are buried, but they don’t assume anyone will wonder the same thing about them.

“But Dad loved the ocean. We want to do something that seems right for him.”

You can go for a walk by the ocean every day and remember your dad. But in a generation or two, how will he be remembered? Who will know to look for him there? Where will the family go?

The Catholic Cemetery offers a permanent place where his name will be recorded, where the family legacy can be memorialized. Glass niches can help tell his story in a different and meaningful way: a picture, a memento, a personalized urn. All entrusted to the care of Catholic cemeterians who are called to a ministry of prayer for your father and your family. Even when there are no family members left to visit, we will be praying for your dad.

Good Shepherd

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Lovely new cremation garden in Holy Cross Colma. Sold only as a cremation burial package, call a family services counselor for more details.

January 5, 2014

St. Gabriel

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Beautiful new burial section available in Holy Cross Colma. Please call for an appointment to look at available sites.

St. Gabriel

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New burial section available in Holy Cross C

Pre-Planning

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution? New Year’s is a time of planning . . . planning ahead for the year, planning a strategy to keep our resolutions, financial planning . . . Have you made a resolution to take care of your will and trust? Do you have a spot at the cemetery? Have you decided what kind of memorial service and urn you would like? Have you prepared an Advanced Health Care Directive?

Today, many people see the value of planning ahead. When a death occurs, there are numerous decisions to be made during a very emotional time. Holy Cross offers Pre-Need arrangements to assist you in making some of those decisions ahead of time. In order to make Pre-Need arrangements available to everyone in our Catholic community, we offer flexible payment plans and do not charge interest. You may specify the manner of placement and memorialization that best reflects your life and faith. Once a Pre-Need arrangement is complete, the family needs only to call us to notify us of a death.

The financial advantages to pre-paying for your funeral plan are many. Most importantly, it guarantees your costs against future price increases.
We’re happy to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Make an appointment to see one of our family service counselors and take care of your cemetery arrangements today.

Pre-Planning

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution? New Year’s is a time of planning . . . planning ahead for the year, planning a strategy to keep our resolutions, financial planning . . . Have you made a resolution to take care of your will and trust? Do you have a spot at the cemetery? Have you decided what kind of memorial service and urn you would like? Have you prepared an Advanced Health Care Directive?

Today, many people see the value of planning ahead. When a death occurs, there are numerous decisions to be made during a very emotional time. Holy Cross offers Pre-Need arrangements to assist you in making some of those decisions ahead of time. In order to make Pre-Need arrangements available to everyone in our Catholic community, we offer flexible payment plans and do not charge interest. You may specify the manner of placement and memorialization that best reflects your life and faith. Once a Pre-Need arrangement is complete, the family needs only to call us to notify us of a death.

The financial advantages to pre-paying for your funeral plan are many. Most importantly, it guarantees your costs against future price increases.
We’re happy to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Make an appointment to see one of our family service counselors and take care of your cemetery arrangements today.

Pre-Planning

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution? New Year’s is a time of planning . . . planning ahead for the year, planning a strategy to keep our resolutions, financial planning . . . Have you made a resolution to take care of your will and trust? Do you have a spot at the cemetery? Have you decided what kind of memorial service and urn you would like? Have you prepared an Advanced Health Care Directive?

Today, many people see the value of planning ahead. When a death occurs, there are numerous decisions to be made during a very emotional time. Holy Cross offers Pre-Need arrangements to assist you in making some of those decisions ahead of time. In order to make Pre-Need arrangements available to everyone in our Catholic community, we offer flexible payment plans and do not charge interest. You may specify the manner of placement and memorialization that best reflects your life and faith. Once a Pre-Need arrangement is complete, the family needs only to call us to notify us of a death.
The financial advantages to pre-paying for your funeral plan are many. Most importantly, it guarantees your costs against future price increases.
We’re happy to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions. Make an appointment to see one of our family service counselors and take care of your cemetery arrangements today.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel.

First Saturday Mass

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December 18, 2013

Flower Removal Schedules

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November 13, 2013

Thanksgiving

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We continue to remember all those interred in the Catholic Cemeteries in a very special way during this month of All Souls.  If you haven’t already had a chance to visit the cemetery and spend some time in prayer and memories, please make time during this month . . . our grounds are open from 8am until sunset.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday on our calendar: a day to enjoy good food and company, and to be mindful of the blessings in our lives.  We at the Catholic Cemeteries are grateful to have the opportunity to work in such a meaningful ministry!

As we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, let us be grateful for the gift of the loved ones in our lives.  If you are missing someone special this Thanksgiving, may this prayer be of comfort and consolation to you:

Dear God,

There is an empty chair at our table,
an ache in our hearts
and tears on our faces.

We may try to shield one another
from the grief we bear
but we cannot hide it from you.

We pray for those
whose presence we miss 
in these homecoming days.

Open our eyes and our hearts
to the healing and warmth
of the light of your presence.

Assure us, Lord, that those we miss
have a place at your table
and a home in your heart
as well as in ours.

Open our hearts to joyful memories 
of the love we shared
with those who have gone before us.

Help us tell the stories
that make the past present
and bring us close to those we miss.

Teach us to lean on each other
and on you, Lord,
for the strength we need 
to walk through difficult times.

Give us quiet moments
with you, with our thoughts,
with our memories and prayers.

Be with us, Lord,
and hold us in your arms
even as you hold those whom we miss.

This is the day you have made, Lord:
help us to rejoice in it
and in the promise of your peace.

Amen.

Thanksgiving

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We continue to remember all those interred in the Catholic Cemeteries in a very special way during this month of All Souls.  If you haven’t already had a chance to visit the cemetery and spend some time in prayer and memories, please make time during this month . . . our grounds are open from 8am until sunset.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday on our calendar: a day to enjoy good food and company, and to be mindful of the blessings in our lives.  We at the Catholic Cemeteries are grateful to have the opportunity to work in such a meaningful ministry!

As we gather around the Thanksgiving table this year, let us be grateful for the gift of the loved ones in our lives.  If you are missing someone special this Thanksgiving, may this prayer be of comfort and consolation to you:

Dear God,

There is an empty chair at our table,
an ache in our hearts
and tears on our faces.

We may try to shield one another
from the grief we bear
but we cannot hide it from you.

We pray for those
whose presence we miss 
in these homecoming days.

Open our eyes and our hearts
to the healing and warmth
of the light of your presence.

Assure us, Lord, that those we miss
have a place at your table
and a home in your heart
as well as in ours.

Open our hearts to joyful memories 
of the love we shared
with those who have gone before us.

Help us tell the stories
that make the past present
and bring us close to those we miss.

Teach us to lean on each other
and on you, Lord,
for the strength we need 
to walk through difficult times.

Give us quiet moments
with you, with our thoughts,
with our memories and prayers.

Be with us, Lord,
and hold us in your arms
even as you hold those whom we miss.

This is the day you have made, Lord:
help us to rejoice in it
and in the promise of your peace.

Amen.

November 4, 2013

All Souls Day – Todos Los Santos Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Celebrant. Dedication of the new John Paul II Columbarium. Refreshments following the Dedication.

October 9, 2013

All Souls Day – Todos Los Santos Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Celebrant. Dedication of the new John Paul II Columbarium. Refreshments following the Dedication.

Veterans’ Day Service

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Monday, November 11, 2013 – Outdoor Service in the Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags. Chaplain C. Michael Padazinski COL., USAF Chancellor, Archdiocese of San Francisco

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00. Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 14, 2013 All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am, Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate.

Mass and Healing Liturgy

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Please join us on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated outdoors at the Rachel Mourning Shrine; Most Rev. william J. Justice, Celebrant. A gathering and light luncheon will follow Mass.

All Souls Day – Todos Los Santos Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Celebrant. Dedication of the new John Paul II Columbarium. Refreshments following the Dedication.

All Souls Day – Todos Los Santos Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Celebrant. Dedication of the new John Paul II Columbarium. Refreshments following the Dedication.

All Souls Day – Todos Los Santos Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Celebrant. Dedication of the new John Paul II Columbarium

Veterans’ Day Service

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Monday, November 11, 2013 – Outdoor Service in the Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags. Chaplain C. Michael Padazinski COL., USAF Chancellor, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Veterans’ Day Service

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Monday, November 11, 2013 – Outdoor Service in the Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags. Chaplain C. Michael Padazinski COL., USAF Chancellor, Archdiocese of San Francisco

Veterans’ Day Service

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Monday, November 11, 2013 – Outdoor Service in the Star of the Sea Section in front of the flags. Chaplain C. Michael Padazinski COL., USAF Chancellor, Archdiocese of San Francisco

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00. Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00. Rev. Brian Costello, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 14, 2013 All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am, Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 14, 2013 All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am, Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 14, 2013 All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am, Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 14, 2013 All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am, Msgr. John Talesfore, Officiate.

Christmas Remembrance Service

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Saturday, December 14, 2013 All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am

August 10, 2013

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, September 7th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Edurado Dura will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, September 7th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Edurado Dura will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, September 7th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Edurado Dura will celebrate.

Mass and Healing Liturgy

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Please join us on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated outdoors at the Rachel Mourning Shrine; Most Rev. william J. Justice, Celebrant. A gathering and light luncheon will follow Mass.

Mass and Healing Liturgy

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Please join us on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will be celebrated outdoors at the Rachel Mourning Shrine; Most Rev. william J. Justice, Celebrant. A gathering and light luncheon will follow Mass.

Mass and Healing Liturgy

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Please join us on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11am for Mass and Healing Liturgy, in memory of our little ones. Mass will celebrated outdoors at the Rachel Mourning Shrine; Most Rev. william J. Justice

June 27, 2013

“It’s a grand old flag . . . “

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As we take time to give thanks for our country and our freedoms, we also honor the flag which represents them. This year, Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is working to create an “Avenue of Flags” which will line our Central Avenue, from the Main Gate to the Holy Cross Mausoleum on special days such as Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. We are seeking donations to provide enough flags to line the avenue. If you have received a flag honoring your loved one’s military service and would like to donate it to the cemetery to be flown as part of an “Avenue of Flags” on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, please contact our office. A small identification tag would be attached to the flag in memory of your loved one. We think this will be a meaningful and personal way to honor our country and our veterans, and hope you agree. We are also happy to accept monetary donations which would enable us to purchase additional flags and flag poles.

“It’s a grand old flag . . . “

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As we take time to give thanks for our country and our freedoms, we also honor the flag which represents them. This year, Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma is working to create an “Avenue of Flags” which will line our Central Avenue, from the Main Gate to the Holy Cross Mausoleum on special days such as Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. We are seeking donations to provide enough flags to line the avenue. If you have received a flag honoring your loved one’s military service and would like to donate it to the cemetery to be flown as part of an “Avenue of Flags” on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, please contact our office. A small identification tag would be attached to the flag in memory of your loved one. We think this will be a meaningful and personal way to honor our country and our veterans, and hope you agree. We are also happy to accept monetary donations which would enable us to purchase additional flags and flag poles.

June 8, 2013

Cemetery Walking Tour

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Please join us on Saturday, July 20th for a new Cemetery Walking Tour featuring stories from our book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Service”. Special guest – Author, Jean Bartlett. Meet at 11am at the Main Gate. Books will be available for sale and Author, Jean Bartlett will be available to personalize your book.

Cemetery Walking Tour

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Please join us on Saturday, July 20th for a new Cemetery Walking Tour featuring stories from our book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Service”. Special guest – Author, Jean Bartlett. Meet at 11am at the Main Gate. Books will be available for sale and Author, Jean Bartlett will be available to personalize your book.

Cemetery Walking Tour

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Please join us on Saturday, July 20th for a new Cemetery Walking Tour featuring stories from our book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Service”. Special guest – Author, Jean Bartlett. Meet at 11am at the Main Gate. Books will be available for sale and Author, Jean Bartlett will be available to perso

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, July 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Gabriel Flores will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, July 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Gabriel Flores will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, July 6th at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for First Saturday Mass. Rev. Gabriel Flores will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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June 7, 2013

Cemetery Walking Tour

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Please join us on Saturday, July 20th for a new Cemetery Walking Tour featuring stories from our book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Service”. Special guest – Author, Jean Bartlett. Meet at 11am at the Main Gate. Books will be available for sale and Author, Jean Bartlett will be available to personalize your book.

May 20, 2013

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop #30348 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day. On Monday, May 27th at 11am, Rev. Msgr. James Tarantino, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed. The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by members of the Cesar E. Chavez American Legion Post 505 and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Also at 11am on Monday the 27th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Larry Goode. At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Juan Lopez.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop #30348 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day. On Monday, May 27th at 11am, Rev. Msgr. James Tarantino, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed. The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by members of the Cesar E. Chavez American Legion Post 505 and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Also at 11am on Monday the 27th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Larry Goode. At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Juan Lopez.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to our Heroes

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As the country prepares to celebrate Memorial Day, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery will join thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

At Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, members of South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop #30348 will place American flags at the gravesites in the military section (Star of the Sea) in preparation for Memorial Day. On Monday, May 27th at 11am, Rev. Msgr. James Tarantino, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Mausoleum for all the faithful departed. The local celebration will also include the presentation of the colors by members of the Cesar E. Chavez American Legion Post 505 and the opportunity for cemetery visitors to remember loved ones by writing messages on tribute cards.

Also at 11am on Monday the 27th, Mass will be celebrated at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael by Fr. Paul Perry and at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Menlo Park by Fr. Larry Goode. At 9:30am, Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Cemetery in Half Moon Bay by Fr. Juan Lopez.

We hope you will join the Catholic Cemeteries in celebrating Memorial Day this year.

May 7, 2013

Annual Memorial Day Masses

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Please join us on Monday – May 27, 2013 for Memorial Day Mass: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Celebrant is Rev. Msgr. James T. Tarantino, Vicar for Administration and Moderator of the Curia; Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Lawrence Goode, Celebrant; Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Paul E. Perry, Celebrant; Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am – Outdoor Mass, Fr. Juan Manuel – Celebrant.

Annual Memorial Day Masses

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Please join us on Monday – May 27, 2013 for Memorial Day Mass: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Celebrant is Rev. Msgr. James T. Tarantino, Vicar for Administration and Moderator of the Curia; Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Lawrence Goode, Celebrant; Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Paul E. Perry, Celebrant; Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am – Outdoor Mass, Fr. Juan Manuel – Celebrant.

April 26, 2013

Memorial Day Mass

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Please join us on Monday – May 27, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel for our Annual Memorial Day Mass. Celebrant is Rev. Msgr. James T. Tarantino,Vicar for Administration and Moderator of the Curia.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for Mass. Rev. Michael Quinn from St. Brendan’s Parish will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for Mass. Rev. Michael Quinn from St. Brendan’s Parish will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for Mass. Rev. Michael Quinn from St. Brendan’s Parish will be the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for Mass. Rev

Annual Memorial Day Masses

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Please join us on Monday – May 27, 2013 for Memorial Day Mass: Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel – Celebrant is Rev. Msgr. James T. Tarantino, Vicar for Administration and Moderator of the Curia; Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Lawrence Goode, Celebrant; Mt. Olivet Cemetery in San Rafael at 11am – Outdoor Mass – Rev. Paul E. Perry, Celebrant; Our Lady of the Pillar Cemetery in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am – Outdoor Mass, Fr. Juan Manuel – Celebrant.

Memorial Day Mass

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Please join us on Monday – May 27, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel for our Annual Memorial Day Mass. Celebrant is Rev. Msgr. James T. Tarantino,Vicar for Administration and Moderator of the Curia.

Memorial Day Mass

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Please join us on Monday – May 27, 2013 at 11am in the Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel for our Annual Memorial Day Mass. Celebrant is Rev. Msgr. James T. Tarantino,Vicar for Administration and Moderator of the Curia.

First Satuday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Brian Costello will celebrate.

April 1, 2013

Celebration of Life

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Quite often we hear people say, “I don’t want a funeral, I want a celebration of life. That’s what people are doing now.” Are more people having “celebrations of life” instead of “funerals”?

For a Catholic, the funeral is a profound celebration of life. The very first paragraph in the introduction to the Order of Christian Funerals says: “In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by His death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.” We celebrate the life eternal promised to us. The introduction goes on to say, “Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just. The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.” We celebrate the life given to us. The Order of Christian Funerals talks about the importance of community, of consolation, of carefully selecting readings and music, of the involvement of the family in the planning. We celebrate together.

March 29, 2013

Celebration of Life

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Quite often we hear people say, “I don’t want a funeral, I want a celebration of life. That’s what people are doing now.” Are more people having “celebrations of life” instead of “funerals”?

For a Catholic, the funeral is a profound celebration of life. The very first paragraph in the introduction to the Order of Christian Funerals says: “In the face of death, the Church confidently proclaims that God has created each person for eternal life and that Jesus, the Son of God, by His death and resurrection, has broken the chains of sin and death that bound humanity.” We celebrate the life eternal promised to us. The introduction goes on to say, “Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just. The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and resurrection, is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.” We celebrate the life given to us. The Order of Christian Funerals talks about the importance of community, of consolation, of carefully selecting readings and music, of the involvement of the family in the planning. We celebrate together.

March 21, 2013

First Saturday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Paul J. Rossi, Pastor of St. Pius Parish will celebrate.

First Satuday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Brian Costello will celebrate.

First Satuday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Brian Costello will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Paul J. Rossi, Pastor of St. Pius Parish will celebrate.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Paul J. Rossi, Pastor of St. Pius Parish will celebrate.

February 21, 2013

Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Fr. Brian Costello, pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Church, and the Holy Cross community for our First Saturday Mass on March 2 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

Lenten Reflection

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Lenten Reflection
The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death. Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross. Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2. Join Fr. Brian Costello, pastor of Most Holy Redeemer Church, and the Holy Cross community for our First Saturday Mass on March 2 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum. The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection. Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

February 12, 2013

First Satuday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Brian Costello will celebrate.

First Satuday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Brian Costello will celebrate.

First Satuday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, March 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Brian Costello will celebrate.

88th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013 for Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 10am to honor Father Peter Yorke. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco with the Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Bands.

88th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013 for Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 10am to honor Father Peter Yorke. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco with the Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Bands.

88th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join us on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013 for Mass in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 10am to honor Father Peter Yorke. Sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco with the Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Bands.

February 11, 2013

First Saturday Mass

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Please join with us on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11am for Mass. Rev. Paul J. Rossi, Pastor of St. Pius Parish will celebrate.

January 17, 2013

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Charles Puthota, Pastor of St. Veronica Parish is the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Charles Puthota, Pastor of St. Veronica Parish is the celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am. Rev. Charles Puthota, Pastor of St. Veronica Parish is the celebrant.

Why do cemeteries have decoration regulations?

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It seems that one of the most controversial sides of a cemetery has to do with decorations. Most active cemeteries have regulations about what can and cannot be placed on the graves and crypts. Even Dear Abby received a letter about this topic recently. The simplest explanation for the regulations cemeteries have is: safety and maintenance.

For example, we don’t allow candles with real flames on the graves. Believe it or not, we have had to put out fires, re-sod grass, and resurface headstones because of candles. Lighting a candle in memory of your loved one is a beautiful practice, but can be a dangerous practice outdoors in the cemetery. We have memorial candles available by the chapel in All Saints Mausoleum that are a lovely alternative.

Why can’t decorations extend past the headstone and onto the lawn area of the grave? Access. At any given time, we need access to all the graves in the cemetery. There may be a nearby burial, the installation of a headstone, a plumbing issue, mowing, etc. The grassy areas that cover the graves have to allow our personnel and equipment to pass through. Why do your rules say only flowers? So many of the lovely decorations that people bring out to the cemetery create problems. Glass and ceramic can be easily broken, pebbles and rocks can get caught up in our mowers and projected dangerously. Added to that, we cannot guarantee that everyone who comes to visit the cemetery has the best intentions in mind. I remind our visitors of this practice: If it would break your heart if that decoration was broken, lost or stolen, don’t bring it to the cemetery.

And the biggest question of all: Why does the cemetery remove flowers regularly in certain sections? This has to do with our mowing schedule. In the areas of the cemetery with flat headstones, the mowers will hit and destroy flowers left on the graves. This would leave us with a mess of flower debris throughout the section. Instead, we have a schedule of flower removal that we post every year in order to allow us to maintain the lawns in the sections. We love to see visitors decorating graves in the cemetery, but please remember that the regulations exist for your safety and to enable us to maintain this beautiful place.

Why do cemeteries have decoration regulations?

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It seems that one of the most controversial sides of a cemetery has to do with decorations. Most active cemeteries have regulations about what can and cannot be placed on the graves and crypts. Even Dear Abby received a letter about this topic recently. The simplest explanation for the regulations cemeteries have is: safety and maintenance.

For example, we don’t allow candles with real flames on the graves. Believe it or not, we have had to put out fires, re-sod grass, and resurface headstones because of candles. Lighting a candle in memory of your loved one is a beautiful practice, but can be a dangerous practice outdoors in the cemetery. We have memorial candles available by the chapel in All Saints Mausoleum that are a lovely alternative.

Why can’t decorations extend past the headstone and onto the lawn area of the grave? Access. At any given time, we need access to all the graves in the cemetery. There may be a nearby burial, the installation of a headstone, a plumbing issue, mowing, etc. The grassy areas that cover the graves have to allow our personnel and equipment to pass through. Why do your rules say only flowers? So many of the lovely decorations that people bring out to the cemetery create problems. Glass and ceramic can be easily broken, pebbles and rocks can get caught up in our mowers and projected dangerously. Added to that, we cannot guarantee that everyone who comes to visit the cemetery has the best intentions in mind. I remind our visitors of this practice: If it would break your heart if that decoration was broken, lost or stolen, don’t bring it to the cemetery.

And the biggest question of all: Why does the cemetery remove flowers regularly in certain sections? This has to do with our mowing schedule. In the areas of the cemetery with flat headstones, the mowers will hit and destroy flowers left on the graves. This would leave us with a mess of flower debris throughout the section. Instead, we have a schedule of flower removal that we post every year in order to allow us to maintain the lawns in the sections. We love to see visitors decorating graves in the cemetery, but please remember that the regulations exist for your safety and to enable us to maintain this beautiful place.

Why do cemeteries have decoration regulations?

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It seems that one of the most controversial sides of a cemetery has to do with decorations. Most active cemeteries have regulations about what can and cannot be placed on the graves and crypts. Even Dear Abby received a letter about this topic recently. The simplest explanation for the regulations cemeteries have is: safety and maintenance.

For example, we don’t allow candles with real flames on the graves. Believe it or not, we have had to put out fires, re-sod grass, and resurface headstones because of candles. Lighting a candle in memory of your loved one is a beautiful practice, but can be a dangerous practice outdoors in the cemetery. We have memorial candles available by the chapel in All Saints Mausoleum that are a lovely alternative.

Why can’t decorations extend past the headstone and onto the lawn area of the grave? Access. At any given time, we need access to all the graves in the cemetery. There may be a nearby burial, the installation of a headstone, a plumbing issue, mowing, etc. The grassy areas that cover the graves have to allow our personnel and equipment to pass through. Why do your rules say only flowers? So many of the lovely decorations that people bring out to the cemetery create problems. Glass and ceramic can be easily broken, pebbles and rocks can get caught up in our mowers and projected dangerously. Added to that, we cannot guarantee that everyone who comes to visit the cemetery has the best intentions in mind. I remind our visitors of this practice: If it would break your heart if that decoration was broken, lost or stolen, don’t bring it to the cemetery.

And the biggest question of all: Why does the cemetery remove flowers regularly in certain sections? This has to do with our mowing schedule. In the areas of the cemetery with flat headstones, the mowers will hit and destroy flowers left on the graves. This would leave us with a mess of flower debris throughout the section. Instead, we have a schedule of flower removal that we post every year in order to allow us to maintain the lawns in the sections. We love to see visitors decorating graves in the cemetery, but please remember that the regulations exist for your safety and to enable us to maintain this beautiful place.

December 13, 2012

Flower Removal Schedules

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2013 – Wednesdays

2013 – Thursdays

2012 – Wednesdays

2012 – Thursdays

December 12, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 5, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am Rev. Tony LaTorre, Celebrant Pastor, St. Phillip the Apostle Church

 

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, January 5, 2013 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am Rev. Tony LaTorre, Celebrant Pastor, St. Phillip the Apostle Church

 

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday Saturday, January 5, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am Rev. Tony LaTorre, Celebrant Pastor, St. Phillip the Apostle Church

 

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us on Saturday Saturday, January 5, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 – 11:00 am Rev. Tony LaTorre, Celebrant Pastor, St. Phillip
the Apostle Church

 

December 7, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Brian Costello is the Celebrant.

Christmas

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Christmas is a time of memories . . . cemeteries are special places to relive and relate those memories, to tell family stories and to gather in prayer. On Saturday the 8th, we will gather at All Saints Mausoleum for our annual Christmas Remembrance Service. As we have for many years, once again we will provide paper ornaments on which you can write a loved one’s name or a message. These will be hung on the trees in the chapel. If you miss the Saturday service, please stop by our office for extra ornaments. The trees will remain up throughout the Christmas season in the Chapel. This year we also have a living Christmas tree in our office lobby. After the Christmas season, we will plant it on the cemetery grounds and so begin our new Memorial Tree program. This will be a lovely and earth-friendly way to memorialize your loved ones and to replace the many trees that we have lost over the years. Because Christmas is also a time for giving, our staff is collecting cans of tuna fish to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo. They are in need of protein-rich food for their Homeless Help Centers. You’re welcome to drop off cans at our office and help to feed our neighbors. Our Holy Cross community extends to you and your loved ones our prayers for a blessed and peaceful Christmas season, filled with good memories!

Christmas

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Christmas is a time of memories . . . cemeteries are special places to relive and relate those memories, to tell family stories and to gather in prayer. On Saturday the 8th, we will gather at All Saints Mausoleum for our annual Christmas Remembrance Service. As we have for many years, once again we will provide paper ornaments on which you can write a loved one’s name or a message. These will be hung on the trees in the chapel. If you miss the Saturday service, please stop by our office for extra ornaments. The trees will remain up throughout the Christmas season in the Chapel. This year we also have a living Christmas tree in our office lobby. After the Christmas season, we will plant it on the cemetery grounds and so begin our new Memorial Tree program. This will be a lovely and earth-friendly way to memorialize your loved ones and to replace the many trees that we have lost over the years. Because Christmas is also a time for giving, our staff is collecting cans of tuna fish to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Mateo. They are in need of protein-rich food for their Homeless Help Centers. You’re welcome to drop off cans at our office and help to feed our neighbors. Our Holy Cross community extends to you and your loved ones our prayers for a blessed and peaceful Christmas season, filled with good memories!

November 19, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Brian Costello is the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Brian Costello is the Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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Please share First Saturday Mass on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Rev. Brian Costello is the Celebrant.

CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

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Please join us on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for our Christmas Remembrance Service.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.  If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings.  We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

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Please join us on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for our Christmas Remembrance Service.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.  If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings.  We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

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Please join us on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for our Christmas Remembrance Service.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.  If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office after December 1st to pick up an ornament and write your greetings.  We will be happy to hang the ornament for you.

CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

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Please join us on Saturday, December 8, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am for our Christmas Remembrance Service.  Msgr. John Talesfore will officiate.  If you are unable to attend the service, please feel free to stop by the Cemetery Office afater December 1st to pick up an ornament an

Veterans’ Day Memorial Services

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Please join with us on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the flags at the Star of the Sea Section in Holy Cross Cross Cemetery for our Veterans’ Day Memorial Services.  Chaplains from the archdiocese of San Francisco in uniform will conduct the memorial ceremony along with the Travis Air Force Base Military Honor Guard with Taps.

November 6, 2012

Veterans’ Day Memorial Services

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Please join with us on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the flags at the Star of the Sea Section in Holy Cross Cross Cemetery for our Veterans’ Day Memorial Services.  Chaplains from the archdiocese of San Francisco in uniform will conduct the memorial ceremony along with the Travis Air Force Base Military Honor Guard with Taps.

Veterans’ Day Memorial Services

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Please join with us on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the flags at the Star of the Sea Section in Holy Cross Cross Cemetery for our Veterans’ Day Memorial Services.  Chaplains from the archdiocese of San Francisco in uniform will conduct the memorial ceremony along with the Travis Air Force Base Military Honor Guard with Taps.

Veterans’ Day Memorial Services

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Please join with us on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the flags at the Star of the Sea Section in Holy Cross Cross Cemetery for our Veterans’ Day Memorial Services.  Chaplains from the archdiocese of San Francisco in uniform will conduct the memorial ceremony along with the Travis Air Force Base Military Honor Guard with Taps.

Veterans’ Day Memorial Services

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Please join with us on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the flags at the Star of the Sea Section in Holy Cross Cross Cemetery for our Veterans’ Day Memorial Services.  Chaplains from the archdiocese of San Francisco in uniform will conduct the memorial ceremony along with the Travis Air Force Base Military Honor Guard with Taps.

Veterans’ Day Memorial Services

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Please join with us on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the flags at the Star of the Sea Section in Holy Cross Cross Cemetery for our Veterans’ Day Memorial Services.  Chaplains from the archdiocese of San Francisco in uniform will conduct the memroal ceremony along with the Travis Air Force Base Military Honor Guard with Taps.

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author of our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be available to sign copies of the book and to answer your questions.  Refreshments will be served.

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

October 22, 2012

Grave Locations Available On Line

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Grave locations are now available for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma from 1887  – 2001 on the San Franicisco Genealogy Site.

http://www.sfgenealogy.com/php/cemetery/cemeteryindex.php

“125 Years of History, Ministry & Service”

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A brand new History Book about Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma written by Jean Bartlett with cover art by Hugh Zeng is now available for sale for $20.  Books may be purchased at the cemetery office and by mail.  Please add $3 postage to purchase by mail.

Todos los Santos – All Saints and All Souls Day

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We are approaching a very special, sacred time for our Catholic cemeteries, indeed, a very special and sacred time for us all as Catholics.  Across our many cultures, languages and customs, the observances of All Saints and All Souls Days are constant in our faith tradition.

Todos los Santos, a feast dear to our Filipino community, will be celebrated at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Colma on Saturday, October 27 at 11am. Please make plans to join us!     Bishop Justice will preside, along with many of our local priests.  We will have food and fellowship in the tent outside following mass.  This is a wonderful day to come together in prayer and to visit your family graves and share your family stories.

Friday, November 2nd, 11am will be the time for our Mass for the Feast of All Souls at All Saints Chapel,  Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.  This Mass is offered for the souls of all those who have gone before us in faith, most especially those interred in the Catholic Cemeteries.  Fr. Dan Carter and
the choir from All Hallows/Our Lady of Lourdes will be with us to celebrate.

These special events remind us of the great value of being buried in a Catholic cemetery.  Here, within the context of a faith-filled community, we gather in prayer to remember the souls of our faithful departed.

Saints of God, come to their aid.

                Hasten to meet them, Angels of the Lord.

                Receive their souls and present them to God, the Most High.

Todos los Santos – All Saints and All Souls Day

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We are approaching a very special, sacred time for our Catholic cemeteries, indeed, a very special and sacred time for us all as Catholics.  Across our many cultures, languages and customs, the observances of All Saints and All Souls Days are constant in our faith tradition.

Todos los Santos, a feast dear to our Filipino community, will be celebrated at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Colma on Saturday, October 27 at 11am. Please make plans to join us!     Bishop Justice will preside, along with many of our local priests.  We will have food and fellowship in the tent outside following mass.  This is a wonderful day to come together in prayer and to visit your family graves and share your family stories.

Friday, November 2nd, 11am will be the time for our Mass for the Feast of All Souls at All Saints Chapel,  Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.  This Mass is offered for the souls of all those who have gone before us in faith, most especially those interred in the Catholic Cemeteries.  Fr. Dan Carter and
the choir from All Hallows/Our Lady of Lourdes will be with us to celebrate.

These special events remind us of the great value of being buried in a Catholic cemetery.  Here, within the context of a faith-filled community, we gather in prayer to remember the souls of our faithful departed.

Saints of God, come to their aid.

                Hasten to meet them, Angels of the Lord.

                Receive their souls and present them to God, the Most High.

Todos los Santos – All Saints and All Souls Day

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We are approaching a very special, sacred time for our Catholic cemeteries, indeed, a very special and sacred time for us all as Catholics.  Across our many cultures, languages and customs, the observances of All Saints and All Souls Days are constant in our faith tradition.

Todos los Santos, a feast dear to our Filipino community, will be celebrated at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Colma on Saturday, October 27 at 11am. Please make plans to join us!     Bishop Justice will preside, along with many of our local priests.  We will have food and fellowship in the tent outside following mass.  This is a wonderful day to come together in prayer and to visit your family graves and share your family stories.

Friday, November 2nd, 11am will be the time for our Mass for the Feast of All Souls at All Saints Chapel,  Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.  This Mass is offered for the souls of all those who have gone before us in faith, most especially those interred in the Catholic Cemeteries.  Fr. Dan Carter and
the choir from All Hallows/Our Lady of Lourdes will be with us to celebrate.

These special events remind us of the great value of being buried in a Catholic cemetery.  Here, within the context of a faith-filled community, we gather in prayer to remember the souls of our faithful departed.

Saints of God, come to their aid.

                Hasten to meet them, Angels of the Lord.

                Receive their souls and present them to God, the Most High.

Todos los Santos – All Saints and All Souls Day

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We are approaching a very special, sacred time for our Catholic cemeteries, indeed, a very special and sacred time for us all as Catholics.  Across our many cultures, languages and customs, the observances of All Saints and All Souls Days are constant in our faith tradition.

Todos los Santos, a feast dear to our Filipino community, will be celebrated at Holy Cross Mausoleum in Colma on Saturday, October 27 at 11am. Please make plans to join us!     Bishop Justice will preside, along with many of our local priests.  We will have food and fellowship in the tent outside following mass.  This is a wonderful day to come together in prayer and to visit your family graves and share your family stories.

Friday, November 2nd, 11am will be the time for our Mass for the Feast of All Souls at All Saints Chapel,  Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.  This Mass is offered for the souls of all those who have gone before us in faith, most especially those interred in the Catholic Cemeteries.  Fr. Dan Carter and
the choir from All Hallows/Our Lady of Lourdes will be with us to celebrate.

These special events remind us of the great value of being buried in a Catholic cemetery.  Here, within the context of a faith-filled community, we gather in prayer to remember the souls of our faithful departed.

Saints of God, come to their aid.

                Hasten to meet them, Angels of the Lord.

                Receive their souls and present them to God, the Most High.

October 12, 2012

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am, Rev. Daniel E. Carter, Celebrant

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am, Rev. Daniel E. Carter, Celebrant

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author of our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be available to sign copies of the book and to answer your questions.  Refreshments will be served.

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author of our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be available to sign copies of the book and to answer your questions.  Refreshments will be served.

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am, Rev. Daniel E. Carter, Celebrant

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am, Rev. Daniel E. Carter, Celebrant

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am, Rev. Daniel E. Carter, Celebrant

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am, Rev. Daniel E. Carter, Celebrant

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author of our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be available to sign copies of the book and to answer your questions.  Refreshments will be served.

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author of our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be available to sign copies of the book and to answer your questions.  Refreshments will be served.

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author or our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be signing books.  Refreshments will be served.

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author or our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be signing books.  Refreshments will be served.

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author or our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be signing books.  Refreshments will be served.

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author or our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be signing books.  Refreshments

September 29, 2012

Grave Locations Available On Line

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Grave locations are now available for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma from 1887  – 2001 on the San Franicisco Genealogy Site.

http://www.sfgenealogy.com/php/cemetery/cemeteryindex.php

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“125 Years of History, Ministry & Service”

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A brand new History Book about Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma written by Jean Bartlett with cover art by Hugh Zeng is now available for sale for $20.  Books may be purchased at the cemetery office and by mail.  Please add $3 postage to purchase by mail.

Auto Draft

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First Saturday Mass

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Saturday, October 6, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel  – 11am – Rev. Arnold Zamora – Celebrant –  Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Christ

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, October 6, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel  – 11am – Rev. Arnold Zamora – Celebrant –  Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Christ

Todos Los Santos Celebration – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11am to celebrate Todos Los Santos and share All Saints Day Mass in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel.  Bishop William Justice, Celebrant and there will be refreshments following Mass.

Todos Los Santos Celebration – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11am to celebrate Todos Los Santos and share All Saints Day Mass in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel.  Bishop William Justice, Celebrant and there will be refreshments following Mass.

Todos Los Santos Celebration – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11am to celebrate Todos Los Santos and share All Saints Day Mass in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel.  Bishop William Justice, Celebrant and there will be refreshments following Mass.

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First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, October 6, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Arnold Zamora – Celebrant –  Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Christ

First Saturday Mass

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Saturday, October 6, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel  – 11am – Rev. Arnold Zamora – Celebrant –  Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Christ

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, October 6, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Arnold Zamora – Celebrant –  Pastor of Holy Name of Jesus Christ

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, October 6, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Arnold Zamora, PastCharito E. Suan, Celebrant, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Church

Book Signing

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 between 4-6:30pm in the Holy Spirit Chapel in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Jean Bartlett, Author of our new history book “125 Years of History, Ministry & Sevice” will be available to sign copies of the book and to answer your questions.  Refreshments will be served.

September 28, 2012

Todos Los Santos Celebration – All Saints Day Mass

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Please join us on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11am to celebrate Todos Los Santos and share All Saints Day Mass in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel.  Bishop William Justice, Celebrant and there will be refreshments following Mass.

September 27, 2012

All Souls’ Day Mass

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All Souls’ Day Mass, Friday, November 2, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am, Rev. Daniel E. Carter, Celebrant

Book Signing

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Please join Jean Bartlett, author and long-time Pacifica Tribune writer on Saturday, November 10 between 2-4pm to discuss her most recently published book, “125 Years of History, Ministry and Service” at Florey’s Book Co., 2120 Palmetto Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044.  Jean will be available to sign copies of the book.  The book’s cover art is by Canton-born artist Hugh Zeng, who runs Millbrae Frame-Art on El Camino in Millbrae. www.floreysbooks.blogspot.com

 

 

September 26, 2012

Veterans’ Day Memorial Services

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Please join with us on Monday, November 12, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the flags at the Star of the Sea Section in Holy Cross Cross Cemetery for our Veterans’ Day Memorial Services.  Chaplains from the archdiocese of San Francisco in uniform will conduct the memorial ceremony along with the Travis Air Force Base Military Honor Guard with Taps.

September 25, 2012

Grave Locations Available On Line

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Grave locations are now available for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma from 1887  – 2001 on the San Franicisco Genealogy Site.

http://www.sfgenealogy.com/php/cemetery/cemeteryindex.php

“125 Years of History, Ministry & Service”

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A brand new History Book about Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma written by Jean Bartlett with cover art by Hugh Zeng is now available for sale for $20.  Books may be purchased at the cemetery office and by mail.  Please add $3 postage to purchase by mail.

August 24, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:00 am – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Charito E. Suan, Celebrant, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Church

Tomb Walk

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Please join Professor Michael Svanevik, Saturday, September 8, 2012 between 10am-12noon for an all new walking tour of Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. $25 per person to the San Mateo Senior Center.  Please call 650.522.7490 to register.   Amazing monuments, grand tombs, fascinating tales.  A Saturday morning in Colma, with historian Michael Svanevik.  Comfortable shoes strogly recommended; this is a walking tour.  Michael Svanevik, a specialist in cemetery lore, is a longtime professor of history at College of San Mateo.  Please park inside the cemetery gate and meet in front of the office.  Tour begins promptly at 10am.

August 23, 2012

Tomb Walk

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Please join Professor Michael Svanevik, Saturday, September 8, 2012 between 10am-12noon for an all new walking tour of Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. $25 per person to the San Mateo Senior Center.  Please call 650.522.7490 to register.   Amazing monuments, grand tombs, fascinating tales.  A Saturday morning in Colma, with historian Michael Svanevik.  Comfortable shoes strogly recommended; this is a walking tour.  Michael Svanevik, a specialist in cemetery lore, is a longtime professor of history at College of San Mateo.  Please park inside the cemetery gate and meet in front of the office.  Tour begins promptly at 10am.

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What’s the scoop on the poop?

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One of the most common complaints we hear AND voice at the cemetery is about the geese and their droppings. Yes, we complain too! Who are these geese and why are they here? Canada Geese (their proper name) were considered threatened for many years by hunting and general population decline. They typically “summered” in Canada and headed south for the winter. Somewhere along the way, they discovered the year-round mild climate of places like California, and the very friendly confines of its golf courses, public parks AND cemeteries. Today, many Canada Geese are non-migratory, and we have seen that pattern increase over the years. As a protected wildlife species, we cannot harm the geese. Our only recourse is to make the cemetery seem uninviting to them. For a couple of years, we tried dogs. Every day, a local company would bring border collies to the cemetery to chase the geese away. The geese, being rather intelligent and adaptive creatures, learned to recognize the car that brought the dogs. Once the car arrived, the geese flew off (usually to one of our neighboring cemeteries) and returned later. Having been outwitted by the geese, we gave up on the dogs. Our newest attempt to annoy the geese is to run a remote control car through the sections. The geese can’t predict when or where the car will drive and its sound seems to agitate them. We’ll see how successful we are. But what about the mess? Mowing, sweeping and the force of sprinklers routinely help to control the mess; however, it’s an ongoing battle! We can come through a section in the morning and find the geese right back in the afternoon. We also respond to many individual requests to clean the droppings from family headstones. Please call or visit our office if you need assistance in cleaning a headstone and please be kind to our groundskeepers . . . they spend much of their days dealing with “poop”!

What’s the scoop on the poop?

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One of the most common complaints we hear AND voice at the cemetery is about the geese and their droppings. Yes, we complain too! Who are these geese and why are they here? Canada Geese (their proper name) were considered threatened for many years by hunting and general population decline. They typically “summered” in Canada and headed south for the winter. Somewhere along the way, they discovered the year-round mild climate of places like California, and the very friendly confines of its golf courses, public parks AND cemeteries. Today, many Canada Geese are non-migratory, and we have seen that pattern increase over the years. As a protected wildlife species, we cannot harm the geese. Our only recourse is to make the cemetery seem uninviting to them. For a couple of years, we tried dogs. Every day, a local company would bring border collies to the cemetery to chase the geese away. The geese, being rather intelligent and adaptive creatures, learned to recognize the car that brought the dogs. Once the car arrived, the geese flew off (usually to one of our neighboring cemeteries) and returned later. Having been outwitted by the geese, we gave up on the dogs. Our newest attempt to annoy the geese is to run a remote control car through the sections. The geese can’t predict when or where the car will drive and its sound seems to agitate them. We’ll see how successful we are. But what about the mess? Mowing, sweeping and the force of sprinklers routinely help to control the mess; however, it’s an ongoing battle! We can come through a section in the morning and find the geese right back in the afternoon. We also respond to many individual requests to clean the droppings from family headstones. Please call or visit our office if you need assistance in cleaning a headstone and please be kind to our groundskeepers . . . they spend much of their days dealing with “poop”!

August 9, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:00 am – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Chariot E. Suan, Celebrant, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Church

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:00 am – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Chariot E. Suan, Celebrant, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Church

Auto Draft

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July 24, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, July 7, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. Raymund Reyes, Pastor of St. Anne of Sunset Parish, Celebrant

 

First Satuday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, August 4, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. L. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

First Satuday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, August 4, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. L. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

First Satuday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, August 4, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. L. Joseph Landi, Celebrant.

June 30, 2012

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Saturday, August 11, 2012 – 10am until 1pm.  Free cemetery walking tour in association with Colma Historical Society .  Hear the stories of Governors Pat Brown and John Downey.  visit the tombs of Joe DiMaggio, Senator James Fair, Michael de Young and A.P. Gianni.  Vist the Calvary Mound and the Priests’ Circle.  Meet at the main entrance at 10am – comfortable shoes strongly recommended.  A buffet will be served following the tour.  For more information, please call the cemetery office at 650.756.2060.

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Saturday, August 11, 2012 – 10am until 1pm.  Free cemetery walking tour in association with Colma Historical Society .  Hear the stories of Governors Pat Brown and John Downey.  visit the tombs of Joe DiMaggio, Senator James Fair, Michael de Young and A.P. Gianni.  Vist the Calvary Mound and the Priests’ Circle.  Meet at the main entrance at 10am – comfortable shoes strongly recommended.  A buffet will be served following the tour.  For more information, please call the cemetery office at 650.756.2060.

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Saturday, August 11, 2012 – 10am until 1pm.  Free cemetery walking tour in association with Colma Historical Society .  Hear the stories of Governors Pat Brown and John Downey.  visit the tombs of Joe DiMaggio, Senator James Fair, Michael de Young and A.P. Gianni.  Vist the Calvary Mound and the Priests’ Circle.  Meet at the main entrance at 10am – comfortable shoes strongly recommended.  A buffet will be served following the tour.  For more information, please call the cemetery office at 650.756.2060.

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July 4th

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This week we celebrate our heritage of independence and
freedom.  We honor our forefathers who crafted the idea and inspired the
heart of this country.  And we express our gratitude, as a Catholic
people, for the gift of religious freedom.

There are so many places in the world today, and over the
centuries, where people have been forbidden to gather for worship, to proclaim
their faith, to display symbols of their religious beliefs.

We praise God for our freedom to gather in prayer for our loved
ones and to commemorate them in a way that reflects our faith in the life,
death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

This 4th of July, we honor those who imagined,
crafted and fought for our freedoms.  We are truly blessed.  May God
continue to bless us and our extraordinary country.

July 4th

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This week we celebrate our heritage of independence and
freedom.  We honor our forefathers who crafted the idea and inspired the
heart of this country.  And we express our gratitude, as a Catholic
people, for the gift of religious freedom.

There are so many places in the world today, and over the
centuries, where people have been forbidden to gather for worship, to proclaim
their faith, to display symbols of their religious beliefs.

We praise God for our freedom to gather in prayer for our loved
ones and to commemorate them in a way that reflects our faith in the life,
death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

This 4th of July, we honor those who imagined,
crafted and fought for our freedoms.  We are truly blessed.  May God
continue to bless us and our extraordinary country.

July 4th

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This week we celebrate our heritage of independence and
freedom.  We honor our forefathers who crafted the idea and inspired the
heart of this country.  And we express our gratitude, as a Catholic
people, for the gift of religious freedom.

There are so many places in the world today, and over the
centuries, where people have been forbidden to gather for worship, to proclaim
their faith, to display symbols of their religious beliefs.

We praise God for our freedom to gather in prayer for our loved
ones and to commemorate them in a way that reflects our faith in the life,
death and resurrection of Christ Jesus.

This 4th of July, we honor those who imagined,
crafted and fought for our freedoms.  We are truly blessed.  May God
continue to bless us and our extraordinary country.

June 4, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, July 7, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. Raymund Reyes, Pastor of St. Anne of Sunset Parish, Celebrant

 

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, July 7  , 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. Raymund Reyes, Pastor of St. Anne of Sunset Parish, Celebrant

 

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, July 7, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. Raymund Reyes, Pastor of St. Anne of Sunset Parish, Celebrant

 

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, July 7  , 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. Raymund Reyes, Pastor of St. Anne of Sunset Parish, Celebrant

 

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, July 7  , 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. Raymund Reyes, Pastor of St. Anne of Sunset Parish, Celebrant

Rev. William Brady, Pastor of St. Emydius Parish, Celebrant

125th Anniversary Mass

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Please share with us as we celebrate 125 years with a Special Anniversary Mass on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Archbishop Niederauer will celebrate this Special Mass.

125 Years

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Cemeteries celebrate history; they mark time and hold stories. For 125 years, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery has been the repository of the history of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, it has witnessed the passage of time and treasured the stories told on her grounds. This year, we celebrate Holy Cross – the place and give gratitude for Holy Cross – the people. There is a wonderful song that we will use in our 125th Anniversary Mass: The Song of the Body of Christ. It says, “We come to share our story, we come to break the bread, we come to know our rising from the dead.” This speaks powerfully to the experience of Holy Cross Cemetery. We have come here over generations to tell our family stories, to tell the story of our community and our Archdiocese. We gather in community for Eucharist on the first Saturday of every month and at special Masses throughout the year. We experience a sacred place of prayer and reflection, of faith and hope. May Holy Cross Cemetery continue to be a place of peace for many generations to come.

125 Years

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Cemeteries celebrate history; they mark time and hold stories. For 125 years, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery has been the repository of the history of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, it has witnessed the passage of time and treasured the stories told on her grounds. This year, we celebrate Holy Cross – the place and give gratitude for Holy Cross – the people. There is a wonderful song that we will use in our 125th Anniversary Mass: The Song of the Body of Christ. It says, “We come to share our story, we come to break the bread, we come to know our rising from the dead.” This speaks powerfully to the experience of Holy Cross Cemetery. We have come here over generations to tell our family stories, to tell the story of our community and our Archdiocese. We gather in community for Eucharist on the first Saturday of every month and at special Masses throughout the year. We experience a sacred place of prayer and reflection, of faith and hope. May Holy Cross Cemetery continue to be a place of peace for many generations to come.

125 Years

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Cemeteries celebrate history; they mark time and hold stories. For 125 years, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery has been the repository of the history of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, it has witnessed the passage of time and treasured the stories told on her grounds. This year, we celebrate Holy Cross – the place and give gratitude for Holy Cross – the people. There is a wonderful song that we will use in our 125th Anniversary Mass: The Song of the Body of Christ. It says, “We come to share our story, we come to break the bread, we come to know our rising from the dead.” This speaks powerfully to the experience of Holy Cross Cemetery. We have come here over generations to tell our family stories, to tell the story of our community and our Archdiocese. We gather in community for Eucharist on the first Saturday of every month and at special Masses throughout the year. We experience a sacred place of prayer and reflection, of faith and hope. May Holy Cross Cemetery continue to be a place of peace for many generations to come.

125 Years

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Cemeteries celebrate history; they mark time and hold stories. For 125 years, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery has been the repository of the history of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, it has witnessed the passage of time and treasured the stories told on her grounds. This year, we celebrate Holy Cross – the place and give gratitude for Holy Cross – the people. There is a wonderful song that we will use in our 125th Anniversary Mass: The Song of the Body of Christ. It says, “We come to share our story, we come to break the bread, we come to know our rising from the dead.” This speaks powerfully to the experience of Holy Cross Cemetery. We have come here over generations to tell our family stories, to tell the story of our community and our Archdiocese. We gather in community for Eucharist on the first Saturday of every month and at special Masses throughout the year. We experience a sacred place of prayer and reflection, of faith and hope. May Holy Cross Cemetery continue to be a place of peace for many generations to come.

May 30, 2012

Holy Cross Walking Tour

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Saturday, August 11, 2012 – 10am until 1pm.  Free cemetery walking tour in association with Colma Historical Society .  Hear the stories of Governors Pat Brown and John Downey.  visit the tombs of Joe DiMaggio, Senator James Fair, Michael de Young and A.P. Gianni.  Vist the Calvary Mound and the Priests’ Circle.  Meet at the main entrance at 10am – comfortable shoes strongly recommended.  A buffet will be served following the tour.  For more information, please call the cemetery office at 650.756.2060.

May 9, 2012

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, was first officially celebrated in May of 1868 by the placing of flowers on gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery.  Begun as a tribute to those who had fallen in combat, it continues to be a day of commemoration for our nation’s Veterans.  A true “cemetery day”, our Catholic Cemeteries experience some of the greatest numbers of visitors over this holiday.  At the Memorial Day Masses celebrated in our cemeteries, we pray for all the faithful departed, we honor those who have died in the service of our nation and we remember those who are buried in our sacred grounds.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma has a large section set aside for our men and women who have served in our military.  The Star of the Sea Veterans section features a display of the United States flag, flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces, and a flag remembering our POWs and MIAs.  Each Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, the members and friends of the South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop come to

decorate each veteran’s grave in this section with an American flag.  Afterwards, you can hear them in a patriotic sing-along.  They remind us that we have a responsibility to continue to tell our nation’s story of a quest for freedom and justice, and aresponsibility to honor the stories of our veterans.

With so many sales this weekend in our shopping malls and car dealerships, we hope that you make time to celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Please come to visit your loved ones at our cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend; please join with us in prayer at our Masses; and we encourage you to at least join in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm local time for a minute of silence in honor of those who have died in service to the nation.

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, was first officially celebrated in May of 1868 by the placing of flowers on gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery.  Begun as a tribute to those who had fallen in combat, it continues to be a day of commemoration for our nation’s Veterans.  A true “cemetery day”, our Catholic Cemeteries experience some of the greatest numbers of visitors over this holiday.  At the Memorial Day Masses celebrated in our cemeteries, we pray for all the faithful departed, we honor those who have died in the service of our nation and we remember those who are buried in our sacred grounds.
Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma has a large section set aside for our men and women who have served in our military.  The Star of the Sea Veterans section features a display of the United States flag, flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces, and a flag remembering our POWs and MIAs.  Each Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, the members and friends of the South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop come to decorate each veteran’s grave in this section with an American flag.  Afterwards, you can hear them in a patriotic sing-along.  They remind us that we have a responsibility to continue to tell our nation’s story of a quest for freedom and justice, and aresponsibility to honor the stories of our veterans.
With so many sales this weekend in our shopping malls and car dealerships, we hope that you make time to celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Please come to visit your loved ones at our cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend; please join with us in prayer at our Masses; and we encourage you to at least join in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm local time for a minute of silence in honor of those who have died in service to the nation.

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, was first officially celebrated in May of 1868 by the placing of flowers on gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery.  Begun as a tribute to those who had fallen in combat, it continues to be a day of commemoration for our nation’s Veterans.  A true “cemetery day”, our Catholic Cemeteries experience some of the greatest numbers of visitors over this holiday.  At the Memorial Day Masses celebrated in our cemeteries, we pray for all the faithful departed, we honor those who have died in the service of our nation and we remember those who are buried in our sacred grounds.

Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma has a large section set aside for our men and women who have served in our military.  The Star of the Sea Veterans section features a display of the United States flag, flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces, and a flag remembering our POWs and MIAs.  Each Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, the members and friends of the South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop come to

decorate each veteran’s grave in this section with an American flag.  Afterwards, you can hear them in a patriotic sing-along.  They remind us that we have a responsibility to continue to tell our nation’s story of a quest for freedom and justice, and aresponsibility to honor the stories of our veterans.

With so many sales this weekend in our shopping malls and car dealerships, we hope that you make time to celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Please come to visit your loved ones at our cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend; please join with us in prayer at our Masses; and we encourage you to at least join in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm local time for a minute of silence in honor of those who have died in service to the nation.

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, was first officially celebrated in May of 1868 by the placing of flowers on gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery.  Begun as a tribute to those who had fallen in combat, it continues to be a day of commemoration for our nation’s veterans.  A true “cemetery day”, our Catholic Cemeteries experience some of the greatest numbers of visitors over this holiday.  At the Memorial Day Masses celebrated in our cemeteries, we pray for all the faithful departed, we honor those who have died in the service
of our nation and we remember those who are buried in our sacred grounds.
Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma has a large section set aside for our men and women who have served in our military.  The Star of the Sea Veterans section features a display of the United States flag, flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces, and a flag remembering our POWs and MIAs.  Each Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, the members and friends of the South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop come to decorate each veteran’s grave in this section with an American flag.  Afterwards, you can hear them in a patriotic sing-along.  They remind us that we have a responsibility to continue to tell our nation’s story of a quest for freedom and justice, and aresponsibility to honor the stories of our veterans.
With so many sales this weekend in our shopping malls and car dealerships, we hope that you make time to celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Please come to visit your loved ones at our cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend; please join with us in prayer at our Masses; and we encourage you to at least join in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm local time for a minute of silence in honor of those who have died in service to the nation.

Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, formerly Decoration Day, was first officially celebrated in May of 1868 by the placing of flowers on gravesites in Arlington National Cemetery.  Begun as a tribute to those who had fallen in combat, it continues to be a day of commemoration for our nation’s veterans.  A true “cemetery day”, our Catholic Cemeteries experience some of the greatest numbers of visitors over this holiday.  At the Memorial Day Masses celebrated in our cemeteries, we pray for all the faithful departed, we honor those who have died in the service
of our nation and we remember those who are buried in our sacred grounds.
Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma has a large section set aside for our men and women who have served in our military.  The Star of the Sea Veterans section features a display of the United States flag, flags representing each branch of the Armed Forces, and a flag remembering our POWs and MIAs.  Each Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, the members and friends of the South San Francisco Girl Scout Troop come to decorate each veteran’s grave in this section with an American flag.  Afterwards, you can hear them in a patriotic sing-along.  They remind us that we have a responsibility to continue to tell our nation’s story of a quest for freedom and justice, and aresponsibility to honor the stories of our veterans.
With so many sales this weekend in our shopping malls and car dealerships, we hope that you make time to celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Please come to visit your loved ones at our cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend; please join with us in prayer at our Masses; and we encourage you to at least join in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3pm local time for a minute of silence in honor of those who have died in service to the nation.

April 29, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass – Saturday, September 1, 2012 11:00 am – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – Rev. Charito E. Suan, Celebrant, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Church

April 24, 2012

Memorial Day Mass

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The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco invite you to share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 28, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma at 11:00 am in the Holy Cross Mausloeum Chapel.  Bishop Robert McElroy, Celebrant.  Mass will be offered outdoors in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetry in Menlo Park  and in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael at 11:00 am.  Memorial Day Mass will also be offered at Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

Memorial Day Mass

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The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco invite you to share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 28, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma at 11:00 am in the Holy Cross Mausloeum Chapel.  Bishop Robert McElroy, Celebrant.  Mass will be offered outdoors in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetry in Menlo Park  and in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael at 11:00 am.  Memorial Day Mass will also be offered at Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

Memorial Day Mass

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The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco invite you to share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 28, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma at 11:00 am in the Holy Cross Mausloeum Chapel.  Bixhop Robert McElroy, Celebrant.  Mass will be offered outdoors in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetry in Menlo Park  and in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael at 11:00 am.  Memorial Day Mass will also be offered at Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

Memorial Day Mass

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The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco invite you to share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 28, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma at 11:00 am in the Holy Cross Mausloeum Chapel.  Bixhop Robert McElroy, Celebrant.  Mass will be offered outdoors in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetry in Menlo Park  and in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael at 11:00 am.  Memorial Day Mass will also be offered at Our

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, May 5, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. William Brady, Pastor of St. Emydius Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, May 5, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. William Brady, Pastor of St. Emydius Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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Please join us for First Saturday Mass,  Saturday, May 5, 2012 in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am – Rev. William Brady, Pastor of St. Emydius Parish, Celebrant

Our Lady’s Lane – New Garden Court Buildings

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They’re finished!  And, oh so beautiful!  The newest Garden Court Buildings along Our Lady’s Lane in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, are now complete.  Beautiful mosaics are the front pieces of twenty four individual crypts and were designed to depict the name of the mausoleum complex – Our Lady of the Rosary.  One mosaic depicts the Blessed Mother handing a rosary to St. Dominic.  St. Dominic had a great devotion to Mary.  Our Lady was able to work through St. Dominic to inspire others to follow Jesus through devotion to the Rosary.  Mary chose St. Dominic to spread the good news of Jesus throughout Southern France.  The second mosaic shows Our Lady handing the rosary to St. Catherine.  St. Catherine followed St. Dominic and devoted herself to the care of the poor.

The original designs were created by the Conrad Pickel Studios of Vero Beach, FL, Lyn Durham artist, in conjunction with former cemetery director Kathy Atkinson and San Francisco architect Irving Gonzales.

The use of mosaic as an art form can be traced back over 8000 years to Mesopotamia.  Mosaic art is the process of decorating a surface by laying small colored pieces of stone or glass in a permanent setting.  The artists and craftsmen select each color cutting the sheets of colored glass with a sharp hammer and fitting precisely each piece.  The pieces are glued to paper which is the full size drawing prepared by the artist. Once the gluing process is complete the visible mosaic is covered with a butter coat of cement and the section is lifted and set against the prepared receiving wall.  Slowly the paper backing is soaked off, gradually revealing in all its glory the beauty of the mosaic design and colors.  After each full size colored drawing was prepared by artist Lyn Durham, the drawings were sent to Pickel associates near Venice, Italy where the painstaking process of selecting and fitting each piece takes place.  Once glued to paper, the mosaics are returned to Pickel where the setting process into polished bronze frames takes place. Each mosaic may have literally thousands of pieces, as is the case for the Our Lady of the Rosary mosaics.  The artisans may spend weeks on each mosaic and may spend several days in composing just a single head.

The mosaic can last for centuries and the color will never fade.

Our Family Service Counselors will be happy to show you the new buildings and answer any questions you may have.  Single, tandem and companion crypts are available.

Our Lady’s Lane – New Garden Court Buildings

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They’re finished!  And, oh so beautiful!  The newest Garden Court Buildings along Our Lady’s Lane in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, are now complete.  Beautiful mosaics are the front pieces of twenty four individual crypts and were designed to depict the name of the mausoleum complex – Our Lady of the Rosary.  One mosaic depicts the Blessed Mother handing a rosary to St. Dominic.  St. Dominic had a great devotion to Mary.  Our Lady was able to work through St. Dominic to inspire others to follow Jesus through devotion to the Rosary.  Mary chose St. Dominic to spread the good news of Jesus throughout Southern France.  The second mosaic shows Our Lady handing the rosary to St. Catherine.  St. Catherine followed St. Dominic and devoted herself to the care of the poor.

The original designs were created by the Conrad Pickel Studios of Vero Beach, FL, Lyn Durham artist, in conjunction with former cemetery director Kathy Atkinson and San Francisco architect Irving Gonzales.

The use of mosaic as an art form can be traced back over 8000 years to Mesopotamia.  Mosaic art is the process of decorating a surface by laying small colored pieces of stone or glass in a permanent setting.  The artists and craftsmen select each color cutting the sheets of colored glass with a sharp hammer and fitting precisely each piece.  The pieces are glued to paper which is the full size drawing prepared by the artist. Once the gluing process is complete the visible mosaic is covered with a butter coat of cement and the section is lifted and set against the prepared receiving wall.  Slowly the paper backing is soaked off, gradually revealing in all its glory the beauty of the mosaic design and colors.  After each full size colored drawing was prepared by artist Lyn Durham, the drawings were sent to Pickel associates near Venice, Italy where the painstaking process of selecting and fitting each piece takes place.  Once glued to paper, the mosaics are returned to Pickel where the setting process into polished bronze frames takes place. Each mosaic may have literally thousands of pieces, as is the case for the Our Lady of the Rosary mosaics.  The artisans may spend weeks on each mosaic and may spend several days in composing just a single head.

The mosaic can last for centuries and the color will never fade.

Our Family Service Counselors will be happy to show you the new buildings and answer any questions you may have.  Single, tandem and companion crypts are available.

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 10:54 pm

They’re finished!  And, oh so beautiful!  The newest Garden Court Buildings along Our Lady’s Lane in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, are now complete.  Beautiful mosaics are the front pieces of twenty four individual crypts and were designed to depict the name of the mausoleum complex – Our Lady of the Rosary.  One mosaic depicts the Blessed Mother handing a rosary to St. Dominic.  St. Dominic had a great devotion to Mary.  Our Lady was able to work through St. Dominic to inspire others to follow Jesus through devotion to the Rosary.  Mary chose St. Dominic to spread the good news of Jesus throughout Southern France.  The second mosaic shows Our Lady handing the rosary to St. Catherine.  St. Catherine followed St. Dominic and devoted herself to the care of the poor.

The original designs were created by the Conrad Pickel Studios of Vero Beach, FL, Lyn Durham artist, in conjunction with former cemetery director Kathy Atkinson and San Francisco architect Irving Gonzales.

The use of mosaic as an art form can be traced back over 8000 years to Mesopotamia.  Mosaic art is the process of decorating a surface by laying small colored pieces of stone or glass in a permanent setting.  The artists and craftsmen select each color cutting the sheets of colored glass with a sharp hammer and fitting precisely each piece.  The pieces are glued to paper which is the full size drawing prepared by the artist. Once the gluing process is complete the visible mosaic is covered with a butter coat of cement and the section is lifted and set against the prepared receiving wall.  Slowly the paper backing is soaked off, gradually revealing in all its glory the beauty of the mosaic design and colors.  After each full size colored drawing was prepared by artist Lyn Durham, the drawings were sent to Pickel associates near Venice, Italy where the painstaking process of selecting and fitting each piece takes place.  Once glued to paper, the mosaics are returned to Pickel where the setting process into polished bronze frames takes place. Each mosaic may have literally thousands of pieces, as is the case for the Our Lady of the Rosary mosaics.  The artisans may spend weeks on each mosaic and may spend several days in composing just a single head.

The mosaic can last for centuries and the color will never fade.

Our Family Service Counselors will be happy to show you the new buildings and answer any questions you may have.  Single, tandem and companion crypts are available.

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 10:53 pm

They’re finished!  And, oh so beautiful!  The newest Garden Court Buildings along Our Lady’s Lane in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, are now complete.  Beautiful mosaics are the front pieces of twenty four individual crypts and were designed to depict the name of the mausoleum complex – Our Lady of the Rosary.  One mosaic depicts the Blessed Mother handing a rosary to St. Dominic.  St. Dominic had a great devotion to Mary.  Our Lady was able to work through St. Dominic to inspire others to follow Jesus through devotion to the Rosary.  Mary chose St. Dominic to spread the good news of Jesus throughout Southern France.  The second mosaic shows Our Lady handing the rosary to St. Catherine.  St. Catherine followed St. Dominic and devoted herself to the care of the poor.

The original designs were created by the Conrad Pickel Studios of Vero Beach, FL, Lyn Durham artist, in conjunction with former cemetery director Kathy Atkinson and San Francisco architect Irving Gonzales.

The use of mosaic as an art form can be traced back over 8000 years to Mesopotamia.  Mosaic art is the process of decorating a surface by laying small colored pieces of stone or glass in a permanent setting.  The artists and craftsmen select each color cutting the sheets of colored glass with a sharp hammer and fitting precisely each piece.  The pieces are glued to paper which is the full size drawing prepared by the artist. Once the gluing process is complete the visible mosaic is covered with a butter coat of cement and the section is lifted and set against the prepared receiving wall.  Slowly the paper backing is soaked off, gradually revealing in all its glory the beauty of the mosaic design and colors.  After each full size colored drawing was prepared by artist Lyn Durham, the drawings were sent to Pickel associates near Venice, Italy where the painstaking process of selecting and fitting each piece takes place.  Once glued to paper, the mosaics are returned to Pickel where the setting process into polished bronze frames takes place. Each mosaic may have literally thousands of pieces, as is the case for the Our Lady of the Rosary mosaics.  The artisans may spend weeks on each mosaic and may spend several days in composing just a single head.

The mosaic can last for centuries and the color will never fade.

Our Family Service Counselors will be happy to show you the new buildings and answer any questions you may have.  Single, tandem and companion crypts are available.

April 23, 2012

Tomb Walk

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Please join Professor Michael Svanevik, Saturday, September 8, 2012 between 10am-12noon for an all new walking tour of Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. $25 per person to the San Mateo Senior Center.  Please call 650.522.7490 to register.   Amazing monuments, grand tombs, fascinating tales.  A Saturday morning in Colma, with historian Michael Svanevik.  Comfortable shoes strogly recommended; this is a walking tour.  Michael Svanevik, a specialist in cemetery lore, is a longtime professor of history at College of San Mateo.  Please park inside the cemetery gate and meet in front of the office.  Tour begins promptly at 10am.

April 4, 2012

Easter Prayer Service

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Please join us on Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for an Easter Prayer Service.  Rev. Brian Costello will officiate.  This will be a time to pray, remember, reflect and find new hope on the journey of grief.  Please come to remember and be comforted as you share time with others who are grieving.  Mass will not be offered.

Easter Prayer Service

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Please join us on Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for an Easter Prayer Service.  Rev. Brian Costello will officiate.  This will be a time to pray, remember, reflect and find new hope on the journey of grief.  Please come to remember and be comforted as you share time with others who are grieving.  Mass will not be offered.

125th Anniversary Mass

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Please share with us as we celebrate 125 years with a Special Anniversary Mass on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Archbishop Niederauer will celebrate this Special Mass.

“Cookbook of Memories”

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Our “Cookbook of Memories”  is now available for sale at $10 per book.  This Cookbook of Memories holds special recipes of loved ones who are interred in Holy Cross and favorite recipes of our Holy Cross Staff.  You may stop by the office to purchase  or, if you wish to order by mail, plesase send your name, address and a check for $13 ($10 for the book & $3 postage).

“COOKBOOK OF MEMORIES”

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Our “Cookbook of Memories” is completed and is now available for sale at $10 per book.  This Cookbook of Memories holds special recipes of loved ones who are interred in Holy Cross and favorite recipes of our Holy Cross Staff.  You may stop by the office to purchase  or, if you wish to order by mail, plesase send your name, address and a check for $13 ($10 for the book & $3 postage).

“COOKBOOK OF MEMORIES”

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Our “Cookbook of Memories” is completed and is now available for sale at $10 per book.  This Cookbook of Memories holds special recipes of loved ones who are interred in Holy Cross and favorite recipes of our Holy Cross Staff.  You may stop by the office to purchase  or, if you wish to order by mail, plesase send your name, address and a check for $13 ($10 for the book & $3 postage).

“COOKBOOK OF MEMORIES”

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Our “Cookbook of Memories” is completed and is now available for sale at $10 per book.  This Cookbook of Memories holds special recipes of loved ones who are interred in Holy Cross and favorite recipes of our Holy Cross Staff.  You may stop by the office to purchase  or, if you wish to order by mail, plesase send your name, address and a check for $13 ($10 for the book & $3 postage).

“COOKBOOK OF MEMORIES”

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Our “Cookbook of Memories” is completed and is now available for sale at $10 per book.  This Cookbook of Memories holds special recipes of loved ones who are interred in Holy Cross and favorite recipes of our Holy Cross Staff.  You may stop by the office to purchase  or, if you wish to order by mail, plesase send your name, address and a check for $13 ($10 for the book & $3 postage).

87th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join the United Irish Societies of San Francisco and Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausleum Chapel at 10am for the Annual Mass honoring Father Peter Yorke.  Bishop William Jusice will celebrate this historic Mass.  Pearse & Connolly fife and Drum Bands will lead the procession to from All Saints to Father Yorke’s cross-shaped sarcophagus after Mass.

March 28, 2012

How much space is left at Holy Cross in Colma?

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Acres of space; hundreds of years.  One of the questions we are asked most frequently is: how long before you run out of space?  The foundation for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery began when Mt. Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco was nearing capacity. Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan looked south of the city in the 1880′s to remedy the need for more burial space. In 1886 he purchased 300 acres of the Buri Buri rancho for the new cemetery in what would eventually be known as the town of Colma.  The 300 acres encompasses land on both sides of Hillside Blvd.  We still have significant portions of undeveloped land on the west side of Hillside; east of Hillside is completely undeveloped, much of it leased to nurseries.  When Holy Cross was built, families almost exclusively chose traditional casket burial or entombment.  Today, many families choose cremation and the smaller cremation graves and niches for placement.  This trend, combined with the large remaining acreage, gives us the opportunity to serve families for hundreds of years to come.  As we prepare to celebrate 125 years in Colma, we will look forward with confidence to the next 125!

How much space is left at Holy Cross in Colma?

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Acres of space; hundreds of years.  One of the questions we are asked most frequently is: how long before you run out of space?  The foundation for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery began when Mt. Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco was nearing capacity. Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan looked south of the city in the 1880′s to remedy the need for more burial space. In 1886 he purchased 300 acres of the Buri Buri rancho for the new cemetery in what would eventually be known as the town of Colma.  The 300 acres encompasses land on both sides of Hillside Blvd.  We still have significant portions of undeveloped land on the west side of Hillside; east of Hillside is completely undeveloped, much of it leased to nurseries.  When Holy Cross was built, families almost exclusively chose traditional casket burial or entombment.  Today, many families choose cremation and the smaller cremation graves and niches for placement.  This trend, combined with the large remaining acreage, gives us the opportunity to serve families for hundreds of years to come.  As we prepare to celebrate 125 years in Colma, we will look forward with confidence to the next 125!

How much space is left at Holy Cross in Colma?

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Acres of space; hundreds of years.  One of the questions we are asked most frequently is: how long before you run out of space?  The foundation for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery began when Mt. Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco was nearing capacity. Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan looked south of the city in the 1880′s to remedy the need for more burial space. In 1886 he purchased 300 acres of the Buri Buri rancho for the new cemetery in what would eventually be known as the town of Colma.  The 300 acres encompasses land on both sides of Hillside Blvd.  We still have significant portions of undeveloped land on the west side of Hillside; east of Hillside is completely undeveloped, much of it leased to nurseries.  When Holy Cross was built, families almost exclusively chose traditional casket burial or entombment.  Today, many families choose cremation and the smaller cremation graves and niches for placement.  This trend, combined with the large remaining acreage, gives us the opportunity to serve families for hundreds of years to come.  As we prepare to celebrate 125 years in Colma, we will look forward with confidence to the next 125!

How much space is left at Holy Cross in Colma?

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Acres of space; hundreds of years.  One of the questions we are asked most frequently is: how long before you run out of space?  The foundation for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery began when Mt. Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco was nearing capacity. Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan looked south of the city in the 1880′s to remedy the need for more burial space. In 1886 he purchased 300 acres of the Buri Buri rancho for the new cemetery in what would eventually be known as the town of Colma.  The 300 acres encompasses land on both sides of Hillside Blvd.  We still have significant portions of undeveloped land on the west side of Hillside; east of Hillside is completely undeveloped, much of it leased to nurseries.  When Holy Cross was built, families almost exclusively chose traditional casket burial or entombment.  Today, many families choose cremation and the smaller cremation graves and niches for placement.  This trend, combined with the large remaining acreage, gives us the opportunity to serve families for hundreds of years to come.  As we prepare to celebrate 125 years in Colma, we will look forward with confidence to the next 125!

How much space is left at Holy Cross in Colma?

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Acres of space; hundreds of years.  One of the questions we are asked most frequently is: how long before you run out of space?  The foundation for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery began when Mt. Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco was nearing capacity. Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan looked south of the city in the 1880′s to remedy the need for more burial space. In 1886 he purchased 300 acres of the Buri Buri rancho for the new cemetery in what would eventually be known as the town of Colma.  The 300 acres encompasses land on both sides of Hillside Blvd.  We still have significant portions of undeveloped land on the west side of Hillside; east of Hillside is completely undeveloped, much of it leased to nurseries.  When Holy Cross was built, families almost exclusively chose traditional casket burial or entombment.  Today, many families choose cremation and the smaller cremation graves and niches for placement.  This trend, combined with the large remaining acreage, gives us the opportunity to serve families for hundreds of years to come.  As we prepare to celebrate 125 years in Colma, we will look forward with confidence to the next 125!

March 12, 2012

125th Anniversary Mass

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Please share with us as we celebrate 125 years with a Special Anniversary Mass on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Archbishop Niederauer will celebrate this Special Mass.

Easter Prayer Service

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Please join us on Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for an Easter Prayer Service.  Msgr. Harry G. Schlitt will officiate.  This will be a time to pray, remember, reflect and find new hope on the journey of grief.  Please come to remember and be comforted as you share time with others who are grieving.  Mass will not be offered.

Easter Prayer Service

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Please join us on Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for an Easter Prayer Service.  Msgr. Harry G. Schlitt will officiate.  This will be a time to pray, remember, reflect and find new hpe on the journey of grief.  Please come to remember and be comforted as you share time with others who are grieving.  Mass will not

125th Anniversary Mass

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Please join us as we celebrate 125 years with a Special Anniversary Mass on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Archbishop Niederauer will celebrate this Special Mass.

125th Anniversary Mass

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Please join us as we celebrate 125 years with a Special Anniversary Mass on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Archbishop Niederauer will celebrate this Special Mass.

125th Anniversary Mass

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Please join us as we celebrate 125 years with a Special Anniversary Mass on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 1m.  Archbishop Niederauer will celebrate this Special Mass.

February 29, 2012

How much space is left at Holy Cross in Colma?

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 7:47 pm

Acres of space; hundreds of years.  One of the questions we are asked most frequently is: how long before you run out of space?  The foundation for Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery began when Mt. Calvary Cemetery in San Francisco was nearing capacity. Archbishop Patrick W. Riordan looked south of the city in the 1880′s to remedy the need for more burial space. In 1886 he purchased 300 acres of the Buri Buri rancho for the new cemetery in what would eventually be known as the town of Colma.  The 300 acres encompasses land on both sides of Hillside Blvd.  We still have significant portions of undeveloped land on the west side of Hillside; east of Hillside is completely undeveloped, much of it leased to nurseries.  When Holy Cross was built, families almost exclusively chose traditional casket burial or entombment.  Today, many families choose cremation and the smaller cremation graves and niches for placement.  This trend, combined with the large remaining acreage, gives us the opportunity to serve families for hundreds of years to come.  As we prepare to celebrate 125 years in Colma, we will look forward with confidence to the next 125!

February 24, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, March 3, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am – Rev. Roland de la Rosa, Pastor of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, March 3, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am – Rev. Roland de la Rosa, Pastor of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, March 3, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am – Rev. Roland de la Rosa of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, March 3, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am – Rev. Roland de la Rosa of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, March 3, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11:00 am – Rev. Roland de la Rosa, Pastor of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, March 3, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am – Father Roland de la Rosa of Mater Dolorosa Parish, Celebrant

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, March 3, 20– All Saints Mausoleum Chapel -

87th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

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Please join the United Irish Societies of San Francisco and Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausleum Chapel at 10am for the Annual Mass honoring Father Peter Yorke.  Bishop William Jusice will celebrate this historic Mass.  Pearse & Connolly fife and Drum Bands will lead the procession to from All Saints to Father Yorke’s cross-shaped sarcophagus after Mass.

87th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 6:29 pm

Please join the United Irish Societies of San Francisco and Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausleum Chapel at 10am for the Annual Mass honoring Father Peter Yorke.  Bishop William Jusice will celebrate this historic Mass.  Pearse & Connolly fife and Drum Bands will lead the procession to from All Saints to Father Yorke’s cross-shaped sarcophagus after Mass.

87th Annual Mass Honoring Father Peter Yorke

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 6:29 pm

Please join the United Irish Societies of San Francisco and Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery on Palm Sunday, April 1, 2012 in All Saints Mausleum Chapel at 10am for the Annual Mass honoring Father Peter Yorke.  Bishop William Jusice will celebrate this historic Mass.  Pearse & Connolly fife and Drum Bands will lead the procession to from All Saints to Father Yorke’s cross-shaped sarcophagus after Mass

Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death.  Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross.  Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2.  
Join Fr. Roland de la Rosa, pastor of Mater Dolorosa Church, and the Holy Cross community for our First Saturday Mass on March 3 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum.  The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection.  Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

Lenten Reflection

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The holy season of Lent gives us an opportunity to relate closely to Jesus in His suffering and death.  Throughout Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, there are places to meditate on the Way of the Cross.  Stop by our office to pick up your Way of the Cross Prayer Guide and then spend time with the powerful paintings in Holy Cross Mausoleum, the beautiful carvings in All Saints Mausoleum or the striking mosaics outdoors in sections G2 and L2.
Join Fr. Roland de la Rosa, pastor of Mater Dolorosa Church, and the Holy Cross community for our First Saturday Mass on March 3 at 11am in All Saints Mausoleum.  The Catholic Cemeteries are sacred places of prayer, meditation and reflection.  Make us a part of your Lenten journey this year!

February 23, 2012

Easter Prayer Service

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Please join us on Holy Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 11:00 am in All Saints Mausoleum Chapel for an Easter Prayer Service.  Rev. Brian Costello will officiate.  This will be a time to pray, remember, reflect and find new hope on the journey of grief.  Please come to remember and be comforted as you share time with others who are grieving.  Mass will not be offered.

February 21, 2012

“Cookbook of Memories”

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Our “Cookbook of Memories”  is now available for sale at $10 per book.  This Cookbook of Memories holds special recipes of loved ones who are interred in Holy Cross and favorite recipes of our Holy Cross Staff.  You may stop by the office to purchase  or, if you wish to order by mail, plesase send your name, address and a check for $13 ($10 for the book & $3 postage).

February 20, 2012

Memorial Day Mass

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The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of San Francisco invite you to share Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 28, 2012 at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma at 11:00 am in the Holy Cross Mausloeum Chapel.  Bishop Robert McElroy, Celebrant.  Mass will be offered outdoors in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetry in Menlo Park  and in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in San Rafael at 11:00 am.  Memorial Day Mass will also be offered at Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay at 9:30 am.

125th Anniversary Mass

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Please share with us as we celebrate 125 years with a Special Anniversary Mass on Saturday, June 2, 2012 in Holy Cross Mausoleum Chapel at 11:00 am.  Archbishop Niederauer will celebrate this Special Mass.

February 7, 2012

$125 Anniversary Discount

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In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we will be happy to discount $125 from your new purchase.  Create your heritage and tell your story at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.  For use only on the new purchase of a grave, crypt or niche.

$125 Anniversary Discount

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In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we will be happy to discount $125 from your new purchase.  Create your heritage and tell your story at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.  For use only on the new purchase of a grave, crypt or niche.

$125 Anniversary Discount

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In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we will be happy to discount $125 from your new purchase.  Create your heritage and tell your story at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.  For use only on the new purchase of a grave, crypt or niche.

$125 Anniversary Discount

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In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we will be happy to discount $125 from your new purchase.  Create your heritage and tell your story at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.  For use only on the new purchase of a grave, crypt or niche.

$125 Anniversary Discount

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In honor of the 125th Anniversary of Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Colma, we will be happy to discount $125 from your new purchase.  Create your heritage and tell your story at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery

Mosaic – February 5, 2012

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Director of Cemeteries, Monica Williams, will be the featured guest on Mosaic on Sunday, February 5, 2012 at 5:30 am.  Mosaic airs on KPIX – Channel 5, the San Francisco CBS affiliate station.  Discussion topics will include the 125th anniversary of Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma, common questions regarding cremation and Catholic belief, and cemetery history and upcoming events.

Cremation: What is the Church’s Position?

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At one time, the Catholic Church did not approve of the practice of cremation because of its historical ties to the persecution of Christians and a rejection of the belief in the Resurrection.  However, today the Church recognizes that people choose cremation for a variety of reasons that are not in conflict with the Church’s teaching on life, death and resurrection.  The Church not only allows cremation, but also has developed a specific liturgy for Masses with the cremated remains present, Memorial Masses, and Committal services.

The Vatican revised Church teaching on cremation in 1963; the Code of Canon Law now states: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” (Can 1176)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.” (Catechism 2300)

The Order of Christian Funerals directs that “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come.  This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should
be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.

Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.”  (OCF 417)

Your Catholic Cemeteries provide a variety of placement and memorialization options specifically designed for cremated remains; please check our website or call our office for more information.

Cremation: What is the Church’s Position?

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 6:24 pm

At one time, the Catholic Church did not approve of the practice of cremation because of its historical ties to the persecution of Christians and a rejection of the belief in the Resurrection.  However, today the Church recognizes that people choose cremation for a variety of reasons that are not in conflict with the Church’s teaching on life, death and resurrection.  The Church not only allows cremation, but also has developed a specific liturgy for Masses with the cremated remains present, Memorial Masses, and Committal services.

The Vatican revised Church teaching on cremation in 1963; the Code of Canon Law now states: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” (Can 1176)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The bodies of the dead must betreated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.” (Catechism 2300)

The Order of Christian Funerals directs that “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come.  This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should
be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.

Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.”  (OCF 417)

Your Catholic Cemeteries provide a variety of placement and memorialization options specifically designed for cremated remains; please check our website or call our office for more information.

Cremation: What is the Church’s Position?

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At one time, the Catholic Church did not approve of the practice of cremation because of its historical ties to the persecution of Christians and a rejection of the belief in the Resurrection.  However, today the Church recognizes that people choose cremation for a variety of reasons that are not in conflict with the Church’s teaching on life, death and resurrection.  The Church not only allows cremation, but also has developed a specific liturgy for Masses with the cremated remains present, Memorial Masses, and Committal
services.

The Vatican revised Church teaching on cremation in 1963; the Code of Canon Law now states: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” (Can 1176)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The bodies of the dead must betreated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.” (Catechism 2300)

The Order of Christian Funerals directs that “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come.  This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should
be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.

Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.”  (OCF 417)

Your Catholic Cemeteries provide a variety of placement and memorialization options specifically designed for cremated remains; please check our website or call our office for more information.

Cremation: What is the Church’s Position?

Filed under: Holy Cross Blog — holycross-blog @ 6:21 pm

At one time, the Catholic Church did not approve of the practice of cremation because of its historical ties to the persecution of Christians and a rejection of the belief in the Resurrection.  However, today the Church recognizes that people choose cremation for a variety of reasons that are not in conflict with the Church’s teaching on life, death and resurrection.  The Church not only allows cremation, but also has developed a specific liturgy for Masses with the cremated remains present, Memorial Masses, and Committal services.

The Vatican revised Church teaching on cremation in 1963; the Code of Canon Law now states: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” (Can 1176)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.” (Catechism 2300)

The Order of Christian Funerals directs that “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come.  This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should
be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.

Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.”  (OCF 417)

Your Catholic Cemeteries provide a variety of placement and memorialization options specifically designed for cremated remains; please check our website or call our office for more information.

Cremation: What is the Church’s Position?

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 6:21 pm

At one time, the Catholic Church did not approve of the practice of cremation because of its historical ties to the persecution of Christians and a rejection of the belief in the Resurrection.  However, today the Church recognizes that people choose cremation for a variety of reasons that are not in conflict with the Church’s teaching on life, death and resurrection.  The Church not only allows cremation, but also has developed a specific liturgy for Masses with the cremated remains present, Memorial Masses, and Committal
services.

The Vatican revised Church teaching on cremation in 1963; the Code of Canon Law now states: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” (Can 1176)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The bodies of the dead must betreated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.” (Catechism 2300)

The Order of Christian Funerals directs that “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come.  This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should
be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.

Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.”  (OCF 417)

Your Catholic Cemeteries provide a variety of placement and memorialization options specifically designed for cremated remains; please check our website or call our office for more information.

Cremation: What is the Church’s Position?

Filed under: — holycross-blog @ 6:20 pm

At one time, the Catholic Church did not approve of the practice of cremation because of its historical ties to the persecution of Christians and a rejection of the belief in the Resurrection.  However, today the Church recognizes that people choose cremation for a variety of reasons that are not in conflict with the Church’s teaching on life, death and resurrection.  The Church not only allows cremation, but also has developed a specific liturgy for Masses with the cremated remains present, Memorial Masses, and Committal
services.

The Vatican revised Church teaching on cremation in 1963; the Code of Canon Law now states: “The Church permits cremation, provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body.” (Can 1176)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “The bodies of the dead must betreated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection.” (Catechism 2300)

The Order of Christian Funerals directs that “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come.  This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should
be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium.  The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.

Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.”  (OCF 417)

Your Catholic Cemeteries provide a variety of placement and memorialization options specifically designed for cremated remains; please check our website or call our office for more information

January 28, 2012

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, February 4, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am – Rev. Michael Brillates, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, February 4, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am – Rev. Michael Brillates, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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First Saturday Mass, February 4, 2012 – All Saints Mausoleum Chapel – 11am – Rev. Michael Brillates, Celebrant.

First Saturday Mass

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January 23, 2012

Holiday Helps For Those Grieving

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Holidays  are times we look forward to being with family and friends.  They hold many memories for us.  This is a reality that hurts as we miss absent loved ones who have died.  Handling the holidays is not deciding h