Grave Decoration Policy
The following information is provided as guidelines for cemetery procedures. Mt. Calvary reserves the right to change the following policies and procedures without notice. Please limit decorations to one per grave.
Natural and Artificial Flowers
Containers of the following sizes are permitted: Pots — 6 to 8 inches, Boxes — not exceeding 18 inches in length, 6 inches in height, 6 inches in width. All containers should be of plastic or wood construction with ample drainage. Some of these containers are not suitable for the snow or harsh winter. The cemetery will not take responsibility for damage to them. Woody perennials such as: trees, bushes, or evergreens are not permitted, and they will be removed and disposed of. All plants will be cut level to the turf after October 14th.
Metal: stands, boxes, easels, pots, and shepherd hooks are strictly prohibited as well as lawn ornaments, glass or decorative stones and border edging. Candles of any kind are not permitted. These restrictions are necessary for your personal safety and the safety of our staff while maintaining the grounds. Any violations mentioned above will be removed and disposed of immediately. Special holiday decorations will be removed following that holiday.
Between November 1st and March 15th, when the grass is not being cut, artificial wreaths of less than 30 inches placed on stands are permitted.
Crypt Decoration Policy
Artificial flowers are permitted in the vases purchased through Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Only these vases are permitted. All other items will be removed.
Any items such as metal, crockery, glass or similar materials are not permitted, as they present hazards due to breakage and cause rust stains on the decoration facilities provided. Candles of any kind are not permitted. DO NOT TAPE OBJECTS TO THE CRYPT FRONT Over time, tape will cause damage to the polished finish of the crypt.
Spring and Fall Major Cemetery Clean Up
March and October are used to clean up the grounds and prepare the cemetery for the spring and winter. All decorations will be removed and disposed of at this time. If you wish to save your decoration, please remove it before March 1 and before October 15. Please do not place any decorations during this time. All decorations will be removed and disposed.
Flags are permitted provided they conform to the overall height restrictions not to exceed 24 inches (including container). Flags will be removed when and if they become tattered, faded, or unsightly.
Reverence and Respect
We encourage the placement of decorations. We will be as careful as possible with our normal interment and maintenance activities. We regret that we cannot guarantee that all decorations will be free from damage or loss, and we cannot accept responsibility for these occurrences.
The Catholic Cemetery is a Holy Place. These sacred grounds are blessed by the Church and dedicated as a place of prayer and dignity for our faithful departed.
Please maintain a quiet reverence and respect for the other people visiting the graves of loved ones.
Please abide by the following:
- Proper attire at all times
- Proper behavior at all times
- No alcoholic beverages
- No picnics
- No pets
- No decorations that detract from the spiritual setting of a Catholic Cemetery
- No hanging items on tree branches