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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (more…)
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.