Christmas decoration clean-up for all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

Posted on December 15, 2023 by Albany Diocesan Cemeteries under All Cemeteries, Cemetery Clean-up Announcements, Clean ups and Decorations

Christmas decoration clean-up in our cemeteries and lots will begin on Thursday, February 1, 2024 (new date for 2024) for all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any Christmas decorations they wish to save before February 1.

Due to snow and frozen ground conditions, clean-up could possibly be delayed for some cemeteries or lots. To be sure, please remove any Christmas/holiday decorations you wish to keep by February 1.

Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. Also any new (non- Christmas) seasonal decoration may be left providing the decoration is in accordance with the current Cemetery Rules and Regulations. All other decorations will be removed during the cleanup. The cleanup of all cemeteries takes some time, and depending on weather and the number of burials, may take a week to complete. During the cleanups, cemetery staff removes and discards all items from graves.

Employees are instructed to leave any permitted seasonal decoration that appears to be newly placed. Of course, this is a judgment call for our staff, so it is better to wait until after the cleanup to place decorations. Items placed in violation of cemetery rules and regulations or in disrepair may be removed and discarded at any time.

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries locations:
St. Agnes, Menands  •  Most Holy Redeemer, Niskayuna  •  Holy Sepulchre, Rensselaer  •  Our Lady of Angels, Colonie  •  St. Patrick’s, Catskill  •  Immaculate Conception and St. Patrick’s in Watervliet  •  Our Lady Help of Christians and Calvary in Glenmont  •  St. Agnes, Cohoes  •  St. Patrick’s, Coeymans  •  St. Anthony’s, Glenville  •  St. Jean de Baptiste, St. John’s, and St. Mary’s in Troy  •  Sts. Cyril & Method and Holy Cross in Rotterdam  •  St. Joseph’s, Waterford  •   St. John the Baptist and St. Mary’s in Schenectady  •   St. Mary’s, Coxsackie

Annual clean-up dates start:
 Feb.1,  Apr. 1,  Nov. 1

Read more information regarding our cemeteries decoration regulations.

Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful and safe for all.

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

Albany Diocesan Cemeteries are operated for the religious and charitable purposes of the Roman Catholic Church through the burial and memorialization of the faithful departed.

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