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The Staff at Catholic Cemeteries is honored to assist you and your loved ones at the time of need.  There are four diocesan cemeteries in the Diocese of Santa Rosa.  Our experienced Family Services Advisors will guide you through the steps to select the type and location of final resting place to suit your need, and to assist in simplifying the process for you.  Our Field Services Staff will care for your loved one with dignity and respect.  Our cemeteries in Santa Rosa and Saint Helena have separate chapels where Mass may be celebrated or the final committal prayers may be offered.  Our Petaluma cemetery has an area available in the mausoleum where Mass or committal prayers may be offered.

The Catholic Cemeteries provide the final resting place in the journey of faith.  If needed, our staff can provide contact information for local funeral homes and crematories.


Ground Burial


Our Cemeteries in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Saint Helena offer availability in ground burial for full casket or cremated remains, and above ground entombment or inurnment.  Our cemetery in Sonoma no longer has space for burial but still has space for inurnment or entombment in the mausoleum and only limited urn burial space in ground.  All cemeteries are open every day of the year for visitation from 8 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.  The offices are closed on weekends and holidays, and services scheduled outside of regular business hours on a Saturday require an additional fee.  Arrangements should be made at least two days prior to the service. 


Terminology & Options for Ground Burial


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The opening and closing of the grave and the physical burial during which a casket is placed in the ground inside a burial vault.




Location is the plot where the remains will be placed.






Lawn Burials



Single: Single lawn crypt space is for the interment of one casket.

Double Depth/Companion: Single lawn space with two crypts, and the interment of two caskets, one above the other.




Additional Rite of Internment



Each location is designed specifically for a certain number of interments (single, companion, or specific number of urns.)  Any additional interments are above and beyond the original arrangements.  Therefore the additional interment is a conditional privilege.  It is location specific and not always permissible.  






Cemetery Care Fund / Endowment


The Cemetery Care Fund is a separate account established for the perpetual care of the cemetery. This Fund exists to ensure that the lawns will always be maintained; the roads accessible and the cemetery cared for in the upcoming years, even after the cemetery is completely full.



Veteran's Discount



As a courtesy to our Veterans who served in the armed forces, we offer a Veteran’s Discount of $150.  We also honor our veterans by placing a small flag at their site every Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. (The discount is only offered once and is applicable to the original invoice.)  Depending on the location, the veteran may also be eligible for a VA issue Veteran’s Memorial marker in either granite or bronze. (Only available for lawn burials. The family must still collar the marker according to the lawn specifications. The cost of the collar is the family’s responsibility.)






Memorial Setting


The preparation and setting of the memorial marker (flat marker, granite monument, inscription, etc.).  The set fee covers the liability insurance of the grounds crew, transport and/or necessary drilling of shutter, fuel costs, etc.  Memorial setting is per person.



Graveside Services



These services guarantee that the groundskeepers will be available for the interment at the time of the scheduled service. If requested the groundskeepers will set up chairs, a tent, and protective dressings at the site. By requesting a graveside service the family is then permitted to remain for the physical interment, if the location and conditions allow.


Chapel Mass


A chapel mass is the Eucharistic celebration in the Latin Liturgical Rites of the Roman Catholic Church. The mass fee is to guarantee the appropriate allotted time for a full mass, including the Eucharist, any additional readings, and time for a family to pay their respects to their beloved departed. (We are not responsible for arranging the clergy.)  


Recording Fee


Recording Fee is to cover the cost of the records - creating and maintaining a file, mapping and all related documents pertaining to the cemetery interment. Recording Fee is per person.



Grave Box or Garden Crypt



A Burial Vault, an outside enclosure constructed of concrete designed and engineered to assist in protecting the casket from the weight of the earth and to keep the grave intact. Catholic Cemeteries require that all caskets be placed in a permanent outer burial container (also sometimes called Liner). It can either be pre-buried or added at the time of opening the grave.


Urn Vault


An urn vault encloses the cremated remains (urn) of a loved one intended for ground burial.  Depending on the size of the urn selected by the family, the urn vault sometimes allows room to add special mementos in with the urn such as special photos, notes, a flower, etc.  The urn vault is then sealed and placed in the opened interment location.




A vase pertains to a specific location and is a receptacle that is placed at the time of the interment allowing the visiting family and friends to leave flowers. In the lawn the galvanized steel vase is placed immediately after the burial. When the lawn requires the vase in the cement collar of the marker, the vase is then moved to the collar once the marker is set.  Vases in niches and crypts are placed when the memorialization is complete.  Not all locations have vases.


Religious Symbol


A Religious Symbol is symbolic of the Catholic faith such as a cross, rosary, angel, praying hands, etc. and is usually part of the memorialization.  Examples are available at the office when the memorial is being ordered.


Flush Memorial


A Flush Memorial is placed laying flat on the lawn, not standing upright and is used to identify the occupant of a final resting place while paying respect to the life of the person it represents. It will include the deceased person’s name, dates and a religious symbol or a design that complies with the religious integrity of a Catholic Cemetery.




Monuments are upright granite memorials. They can vary in size based on the plot location. The monuments must follow our specific guidelines for the appropriate lawn, regarding sizing, inscription (religious symbols), and materials.


Blast Hole


For an emblem or picture to be mounted to a marker or shutter, a monument company must sandblast a “blast hole” to place the item in. The blast hole is a recessed hole that accommodates the size of the emblem or picture allowing it to rest flush with the marker or shutter. This allows the item to be recessed to avoid damage from lawnmowers or equipment. The emblem or picture is then cemented into the blast hole.  The blast hole is required for all additional adornments.


Additional Lettering


Additional lettering is for terms of endearment or additional symbols. The names and dates of birth and death are included in original pricing and are not part of “Additional Lettering”.


Ceramic Picture


A Ceramic Picture is a ceramic fired image that is placed on a memorial marker or shutter of a crypt or niche. We mail the original photo with instructions for cropping, coloring, and sizing. The original photo is then returned with the order, and the Ceramic Picture is adhered to the memorial.   All Pictures require a blast hole (see above).


Collar: Cement or Granite


A Collar is a cement or granite surround that protects the edges of the marker and is required for lawns (must be done by a monument company before placement).  Some locations require a vase hole be placed in the cement collar.  If a family chooses a VA issue Veteran’s memorial marker in either granite or bronze the marker arrives at our cemetery offices without a required collar and must be paid by the family.    


Saturday Service Charge


Our regular hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Office hours in Santa Rosa are the same, Petaluma and Saint Helena office hours will vary from this schedule.  If your family chooses to have a service outside of our regular operating hours then there is an additional charge.



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