CEMETERY CLEAN-UP SCHEDULES
Monday following Easter – Easter Monday (April 24)
June 21st – First Day of Summer
There are 4 ways in which decorations are usually removed:
- Regular Maintenance: Items that are unsightly are removed each week during the growing season.
- General Cemetery Clean-up: All decorations are removed from graves and private mausoleums each year on January 15, the Monday following Easter Monday, June 21 [the first day of Summer], and November 16. This is done to ensure a thorough cleaning of the properties. Notifications of these clean-up times are posted in advance at the entrances of all archdiocesan cemeteries. Due to the volume of decorations being removed, it is impossible to make provision to claim items after they have been removed. Therefore, should families desire to retain items, they must be removed prior to the scheduled clean-up dates.
- Decorations not Complying with Rules: Cemetery employees work in the various sections of the cemeteries on a regular basis. As part of their responsibilities, they maintain the beauty and safety of the cemeteries. As instructed by the Cemetery Rules & Regulations, to ensure their safety, and the safety of all who visit the cemeteries, they are expected to remove decorations which are not in compliance.
- Wind and Theft: Decorations may also be removed by either of these causes. As it is impossible for employees to be everywhere at all times, the cemeteries cannot assume liability for decorations. When items are blown about, the grounds crew has no choice but to dispose of them as replacement at specific sites is not possible.