Fall Cemetery Clean-Up For All Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

Posted on September 1, 2022 by Jennifer Mele under All Cemeteries, Cemetery Clean-up Announcements, Clean ups and Decorations

The Fall general clean-up for our cemeteries and lots will begin on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at all Albany Diocesan Cemeteries. Lot owners are requested to remove any decorations they wish to save before Nov. 1.

Fresh cut flowers in an approved vase are always permitted provided they are in good condition. Also any new 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 few weeks to complete. During the cleanups, cemetery staff removes and discards all items from graves.

Operations 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.

Read more information regarding decoration regulations in Albany Diocesan Cemeteries.

Thank you for helping to keep our cemeteries beautiful!

Annual clean-up dates start on or around:
Jan. 15
Apr. 1
Nov. 1

6 thoughts on “Fall Cemetery Clean-Up For All Albany Diocesan Cemeteries

  1. Kim Hilliker says:

    I just received this email, so I hope my sister’s decorations were not disposed of. She is in St. Joseph’s in Waterford, Debra Chiera…I will have to try to get there. Thank you

    1. Jennifer Mele says:

      Our clean-up dates always begin on or around January 15, April 1 and Nov. 1, and generally take a few weeks to complete. I hope this helps in planning for throughout the year. Peace and blessings!

  2. Elton D jr Vandermark says:

    The clean up date for 01/15/23,what if we get a lot of snow and I am unable to get to my daughter’s grave site and can’t get the items off,St.Mary’s in Coxsackie, ny,please reply.GOD BLESS ELTON D.V JR

    1. Jennifer Mele says:

      Our clean-up is weather dependent. If we have a lot of snow or ice around the 15th, then we probably won’t be able to get into the cemetery either to do the clean-up and will have to wait until the weather clears up a bit. To be safe, I would suggest removing items a week in advance if it looks like there will be an issue with any upcoming weather, and wait to place anything new until towards the end of the month. Thank you for your feedback and suggestion.

      If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at our offices or via email at [email protected]

      Thank you.

  3. Barbara says:

    So when would be a good time to Place Christmas decorations at ST Mary’s in Troy? If they’re obvious Christmas themed, it sounds like the beginning of December is ok?

    1. Jennifer Mele says:

      Hello Barbara,
      We generally suggest 2 weeks after clean-up. You can place Christmas decorations now – January 14th, as long as they follow our decoration rules and regulations (there is a link to our rules and regulations within our clean-up blog post).
      Wishing you Christmas blessings.

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