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
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.
2019 Flower Decorations
Posted March, 2019
Our 2019 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.
Newsletter Update – Issue 36
Posted March, 2019
Easter is late this year: April 21st. So our spring flowers will be put on the graves the week of April 8th. IF YOU HAVE WINTER DECORATIONS, please remove them before March 4th, when we will begin our Spring Cleanup. Cleanup takes 2 weeks – so please do not put your spring flowers out until March 15th. We appreciate your help with this. Summer flowers will be placed beginning May 20th, the week before Memorial Day. Autumn flowers will be placed beginning Sep. 3rd, and remain until November 4th, which is when we will do our big Fall Cleanup. Christmas wreaths will be placed beginning November 18th, and again we request that you do not begin placing your Christmas Decorations until that date.
Just a reminder that Bishop Malloy will celebrate Mass on Memorial Day, May 27th, at 9:00 am. This is the day we remember all those who have died in the service of our country. A tent is erected behind the mausoleum, so we have lots of room – please come and celebrate with us. Donuts and coffee are offered at the end of the Mass.
Mt. Hope has mass at 9:00 am on Memorial Day, weather permitting; Resurrection has mass at 8:00 am, weather permitting, and Mt. Olivet has mass at 10:00 am, weather permitting. Please come…
Also, a reminder that we now offer burial of cremated remains at St. Mary/St. James in Rockford and encourage you to bring any cremated human remains for burial. The cost to bury them in the columbarium community area at St. Mary/St. James is $150.00, plus $100.00 for the “velvet pillow” in which the cremated human remains are placed. Memorialization is available for an additional cost.
Director’s MessagePosted March, 2019
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.