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.
“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
Updates for cemetery policies during coronavirus
Posted March, 2020
In light of the constant updates from government officials and statements from the Diocese regarding the coronavirus, the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Rockford would like to inform you of the current conditions involving burials and burial planning.
The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy and a very important part of our physical, spritual and emotional well-being related to the loss of a loved one and we will work to continue to serve you during this current environment by following the following guidelines, effective immediately:
- Funerals: Funerals should proceed with immediate family members only, not to exceed the recommended number from the county health department. It is strongly recommended that no one from a vulnerable population attend. Social distancing (six feet) should be observed by all attendees and the Committal of the Body Service will be done at the grave site; again, with immediate family not to exceed the county’s recommendation. The committal service will include an above ground setup and tent. Chairs will not be provided. The setup equipment is being sanitized before every service, and again after the service is completed.
- Offices: Our cemetery offices will be open to assist with the selection of burial spaces for AT NEED situations where a death is imminent. Our office will NOT be open for any other business, including but not limited to genealogies, decoration purchases, etc.. Decorations can be ordered by mail, email, fax, or in our online store on this website. If purchasing through the online store, please remember to include the name of deceased and cemetery prior to checkout.
The conditions in which we may operate are constantly changing so please check this website for updates.
We can offer assistance with many questions, issues and concerns that you may have over the phone or through our website as well. Please feel free to visit the website or call prior to coming out to the cemetery. The number for each cemetery is listed on the contact us page.
Bishop Malloy to celebrate web Masses and devotionsPosted March, 2020
2020 Flower Decorations
Posted March, 2020
Our 2020 flower decorations are now available. Click here to purchase online. We encourage you to order early – we will substitute items if we are sold out of the item you ordered.
Updated Cemetery App Now Available
Posted January 9, 2020
We have an updated app available. Download the app and search the records of the cemetery. Each person has their own memorial page where visitors can share memories, stories, photos and videos that will build an interactive timeline of their loved one’s life.
Online Map Available
Posted May, 2019
We have new searchable maps of Mt Hope and Calvary Cemetery available online to help locate your loved ones. Search by first, middle, or last name, year of birth, or year of death.
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.