Welcome to The Office of Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Rockford

Welcome to The Office of Catholic Cemeteries, Diocese of Rockford What does Catholic Cemeteries offer?

Sometimes people will ask us that question. When they do, we struggle to find the right words to offer as a response. Words that will describe not just the products we offer, the graves that we care for, the burial of the deceased, or the overall grounds that we try to improve, because there is so much more in our offering.

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“Eternity is born in time, and every time someone dies whom we have loved dearly, Eternity can break into our mortal existence a little bit more.” – Henri Nouwen

St. Mary/St. James Columbarium

Posted October, 2016

As part of the ministry of Catholic Cemeteries, we are offering to any person who has the cremated remains of a loved one, and who cannot afford the cost of burying their loved one in a Catholic Cemetery, a communal space in the columbarium shown below. This columbarium will be placed at St. Mary/St. James cemetery in October.

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2016 Calvary/Winnebago Mass Schedule

Updated October, 2016

Bishop Malloy will be celebrating Mass in the Calvary (Winnebago) Mausoleum on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 12 Noon. This mass is celebrated in remembrance of the faithful departed, especially for those who are buried in our cemeteries.

We will also be holding our regularly scheduled mass on the the first Saturday of each month:


  • November 2, 12noon
  • December 3, 9AM


  • January 7, 9AM
  • February 4, 9AM
  • March 4, 9AM
  • April 1, 9AM

2016 Christmas decorations available

Posted October, 2016

Christmas Grave, Crypt & Niche decorations for 2016 are now available for order through our store.

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Fall has once again come to Illinois, with its beauty and its reminder of the seasons of life. It has been a summer with much rain; the grass at our cemeteries stayed green all summer – a first in my recollection. Because we had to keep up with the mowing and trimming, many of our “projects” were put on hold. Just a reminder: CLEANUP IN OUR DIOCESAN CEMETERIES WILL BEGIN ON NOVEMBER 1, AND CONTINUE FOR TWO WEEKS. Everything is removed from the graves at this time in preparation for winter. Vases are turned over to protect them from the ice, snow, and equipment.

To order wreaths for your loved ones graves, or flowers for the crypts, or niches please visit our online store or complete the form and send in to the Cemetery Office. We place the Christmas wreath on your grave just before Thanksgiving.

At St. Mary/St. James Cemetery on Auburn Street in Rockford, we are renovating the area around the priests’ circle. The side roads will be removed and replaced with sidewalks, a columbarium, and options for individual cremation spaces. This renovation will take place over time: one section at a time. The first section is being renovated now, and the columbarium installation is planned for October 2016. Please see page 2 of our winter newsletter for an elaborate explanation of this renovation and new feature.

PLEASE REMEMBER As we prepare for the winter months, please remove all your summer and fall decorations before November 1st. With the limited space available in our buildings, we are unable to save any decorations – they are immediately removed by our refuse company. Also, please do not place any winter decorations on the graves until on or after November 12th. We need this time to clean and remove the leaves from the cemetery.



Jubilee Year of Mercy

Posted February 2, 2016

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we invite all of you to come visit our cemeteries.

Visiting a cemetery is a corporal work of mercy. Praying for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy. For more information on the Year of Mercy and how the Diocese of Rockford is inviting all of us to participate, I invite you totake a tour of the website: http://rockforddiocese.org/jubileeofmercy/

Cemetery App Available

Posted October 27, 2015

We have an app available on iOS and Android. Use the app to search the records of those interred or entombed at Calvary Cemetery in Winnebago, IL, with GPS Navigation functionality.

Updates to add additional cemetery locations are under development.

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