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Stay updated with the latest News and Events from Boston Catholic Cemetery Association.

WATER UPDATE

Posted by on May 20, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Boston Water and Sewer finally agreed to turn on the water at Mount Benedict and New Calvary Cemeteries.
 
WE THANK THEM!
 
It will take us a couple of days to fill all the barrels and place them in the cemeteries.
 

funny cartoon water faucet, vector illustration

Important Memorial Day Weekend Information:

Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Important Memorial Day Weekend Information:

 
The cemeteries of The Boston Catholic Cemetery Association, Mt. Calvary in Roslindale, New Calvary in Mattapan, and Mt. Benedict in West Roxbury will be open on Memorial Weekend for our normal hours 7:30 AM to 6:30PM for visitation. (Mt. Benedict will close at 7:00pm)
 
Sadly, we cannot have Catholic Mass at either Mt. Benedict or New Calvary due to the Covid-19 restrictions which have been placed on large gatherings.
 
Our offices will be staffed on throughout the Memorial Day weekend (Calvary and New Calvary 8am to Noon, Mt. Benedict 8:30am to 12:30pm). The office doors will not be open to the public, however we will be answering phones to answer any questions. We have American Flags to hand out as long as our supply lasts. We have had some Veteran groups in, placing American Flags on gravesites, so please check your loved one’s gravesite first before requesting a flag. If you visit our website you can use our grave locator and view maps as well.   www.BostonCemetery.org
 
When you visit our cemeteries, you will notice that they are not in the typical condition for a regular Memorial Day as we have been inundated with burials and following the new protocols due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Our dedicated staff have been working tirelessly and have had many exceptionally long days. This has had a ripple effect on our normal upkeep of the cutting and trimming of grass, landscaping the recent burial sites, as well as beautifying the property. We have outsourced a landscape company to assist us in this process and are hopeful that we can have nearly all the properties in better condition soon.
 
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this extremely difficult time.

MEMORIAL WEEKEND INFORMATION

Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

MEMORIAL WEEKEND INFORMATION
 
Our Memorial Day Masses have been cancelled.
 
Our gates will be open all weekend for visitation.
Mount Benedict
Gates open 7:30am
Gates close at 7:00pm
Mount Calvary and New Calvary
Gates open 7:30am
Gates close at 6:30pm
 
Our offices will be closed to the public but we will be available to answer calls.
Mount Benedict
Hours 8:30am – 12:30pm (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) 617-323-8389
Mount Calvary and New Calvary
Hours 8:0am – 12:00pm (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) 617-325-6830
 
Water
Boston Water and Sewer will not turn on our water due to the pandemic so there is no water in the cemetery.
 
Grass cutting and trimming
We are behind preparing the cemeteries due to the increase in pandemic burials and numerous rainy days this spring. We are doing our best but our burials must come first. We have hired an outside landscape company to cut and trim the cemetery grass. They should have it completed by Memorial weekend. We thank you for your patience.
 
Restrooms
Portable restrooms are available as the restrooms in our office buildings are closed to the public.
 
Maps and Grave Location Information
Available online at www.BostonCemetery.org
 
Flags
The Cemetery does not place flags on graves. Volunteer groups place them each year. If there is no flag on a veteran’s grave please call Veteran’s Services in Boston at 617-635-3507.
Limited flags are available at our offices for veteran’ graves.

PAYMENTS MADE BY CHECK

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO:   BOSTON CATHOLIC CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

 

WE CAN NOT ACCEPT CHECKS MADE OUT TO MT. BENEDICT CEMETERY, MT. CALVARY CEMETERY,

NEW CALVARY CEMETERY OR ST. MARY’S CEMETERY!

 

MEMORIAL DAY

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

OUR STAFF IS WORKING VERY HARD TO HAVE OUR CEMETERIES READY FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND.

HOWEVER, DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC WE ARE EXPERIENCING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN OUR WORK LOAD DUE TO INCREASED BURIALS. IN ADDITION THE RAINY WEATHER THIS SPRING HAS CREATED ISSUES THAT HAVE LIMITED OUR ABILITY TO PREPARE FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND.

OUR GROUNDS STAFF MUST MAKE FUNERALS THEIR PRIORITY BEFORE ANY OTHER CEMETERY WORK CAN BE COMPLETED.

PLEASE EXPECT THAT IT WILL TAKE SIGNIFICANTLY LONGER TO RESPOND TO REQUESTS FOR GRAVE MAINTENANCE AND TO HAVE OUR CEMETERIES READY FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND.

WE HAVE HIRED A LANDSCAPING COMPANY TO ASSIST US TRIM AROUND THE MONUMENTS.

WE WILL MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO COMPLETE MAINTENANCE REQUESTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AND TO PREPARE THE CEMETERIES FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE.

MEMORIAL DAY MASSES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2020

Posted by on May 13, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

OUR MEMORIAL DAY MASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR.
 
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We wish you a

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

 

GENEALOGY REQUESTS

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC WE ARE EXPERIENCING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN OUR WORK LOAD DUE TO INCREASED BURIALS.
 
FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO GENEALOGY REQUESTS.
 
WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE.

Thank you Mayor Walsh

Posted by on May 2, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Thank you Mayor Walsh for recognizing the cemetery workers contributions during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Today, Mayor Walsh closed his press conference by thanking a group of workers who have some of the toughest and most emotional jobs, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic: cemetery workers. Both historic and active cemeteries fall under Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

“Cemetery workers are often the last to say goodbye to someone’s grandparent, parent, sibling, cousin, or friend. Sadly, they are also with the deceased in their final moments on this earth.

Cemetery workers provide comfort and compassion to grieving families. That’s a solemn responsibility. It takes special people to do that kind of work.

Right now, cemetery workers are working long hours and multiple shifts to keep up with the demand for burials during COVID-19. We’ve seen nearly triple the number of burials that we usually do in City of Boston cemeteries.

One of the most heartbreaking effects of the COVID-19 crisis is that we can’t gather to say goodbye to our friends and loved ones in the way that we’re used to. It’s extremely hard for families who are grieving a loved one and cannot attend their burial.

To the families: know that your loved ones weren’t alone. They were surrounded by caring people. We hope that provides some comfort and closure, for anyone who needs it right now.

We are grateful for the respect and care that cemetery workers provide every day. Thank you for all that you do. You have our greatest appreciation.”

 

Grave repair requests

Posted by on Apr 24, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID PANDEMIC WE ARE EXPERIENCING A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN OUR WORK LOAD DUE TO INCREASED BURIALS. OUR GROUNDS STAFF MUST MAKE FUNERALS THEIR PRIORITY SO IT WILL TAKE SIGNIFICANTLY LONGER TO RESPOND TO  REQUESTS FOR GRAVE MAINTENANCE. WE WILL MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO COMPLETE REQUESTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

 WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE.