We would like to invite all our friends and families who have recently lost loved ones to celebrate Mass with us during this Lenten Season. This year we will be hosting services at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery.
The Indoor Mausoleum
MT. CALVARY CATHOLIC CEMETERY
333 SW Skyline Blvd
Lent is an important time for us to reflect as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and rejoice in God’s gift of eternal life. We hope you can join the Cemetery staff and Father Peter Smith, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Portland as we offer this Mass for your loved ones.
If you have any questions or are willing to volunteer as a reader or Eucharistic minister, please call 503-292-6621. Please visit our Website for future Mass schedules.
Before you visit Mt Calvary Catholic Cemetery, please check the weather and road conditions for closures. The Cemetery is at a much higher elevation than most of the metro area and gets quite a bit more snow and ice. You can also call our office at 503-292-6621 to get more information.
All cemetery offices and grounds will close with Portland Public schools and/or any accumulation of snow. Please be cautious when visiting the cemetery grounds during cold, rainy or snowy weather.
For over fifteen years, your Catholic Cemeteries have offered funeral planning seminars at local parishes as a service to our community. These casual, low-pressure presentations help answer the many questions on today’s Catholic interment practices and will guide you through the steps involved when pre-arranging. Every individual who attends will receive a resource packet that includes a copy of the Catholic funeral planning guide: “Now and at the Hour of our Death.”
If you have any questions, or would like to request a pre-planning seminar at your parish please call us at 503-292-6621 or email Windy Hovda at Outreach@CCPDXOr.com.
Construction on a new section named after St. Timothy. is complete. This new section includes 60 single lawn crypts and 240 double depth lawn crypts (space for two). St. Timothy overlooks Mt. Hood and is located in the lawn adjacent to the outdoor mausoleum on the north side of the Cemetery. This is the first time since 1991 that Mt. Calvary has developed a new section that will include single side by side graves.
For more information on lawn crypts and other traditional burial options go to our page on Traditional Interment Options and Pricing or call the Mt. Calvary office at (503)292-6621.
All are welcome to a Holy Hour to pray for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed whose mortal remains rest in the Catholic Cemeteries. This is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to pray for our deceased loved ones in a supportive setting, and is especially healing for those who have lost a loved one very recently.
The service will be held in the chapel of Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery on the third Tuesday of every month. Please join us on Tuesday, March 18th at 11:00am.
Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery address is:
11666 SE Stevens Road
Happy Valley, OR 97086
For further information, please call Maria at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery at (503)659-1350
The lawn sections at Mt. Calvary were historically named using letters of the alphabet as each section was developed, with section “A” being the first section developed and Section W being one of the more recent. Sections at Gethsemani were simply numbered in the order of their development. The naming practices were changed in the early 90’s, and new sections in our Catholic Cemeteries were more aptly named after Saints. The use of Saint names is more personal and memorable for the families served by our Catholic Cemeteries.
Your Catholic Cemeteries are now endeavoring to rename each of our older sections after a Saint and develop signage identifying each section by its new name along with a cross-reference to the previous letter or numerical name.
We are hoping that as many as 40 permanent granite signs will be erected on our grounds in the next three to five years. The project is quite an undertaking and will require significant labor and financial resources. To help offset the estimated cost of over $30,000, we have developed a unique way to contribute. While any level of donation is greatly appreciated, a contribution of $750 brings full sponsorship of a section sign and we will add an inscription “In Memory of” your loved on the back side of the sign. Since we are a non-profit organization, these donations may be tax deductible. If you are interested, please contact the office at Mt. Calvary at (503) 292-6621 or Gethsemani at (503) 659-1350. Please keep in mind that there are a limited number of signs in each section so the opportunity to sponsor a sign will be on a first–come, first-served basis.
The new St. Francis green burial section is now open with 120-grave spaces.
Green burial is an environmentally sensitive burial option that allows for the natural decomposition of the body that requires the use of sustainable, natural products for caskets such as wood, bamboo, and sea grass. The practice eliminates or drastically reduces the use of non-natural products such as embalming fluid, steel, copper, bronze and concrete typically used in traditional in-ground burials.
Rather than maintaining a typical, high maintenance setting with grass, paths and roads, the area will be re-forested as interments are made. Ultimately, the section will become a forested area that is maintained only by removal of non-native plant species. The gravel access path will be removed as interments are made. The St. Francis area will not offer traditional visitation to each grave but will instead offer an area for memorialization, reflection and prayer that overlooks the forest.
For more information visit the green burial page of our website or contact one of our counselors at 503-292-6621.
Your Catholic Cemeteries have updated their "Decisions and Options"page. Your Catholic Cemeteries often receive phone calls asking for prices and information. It can be confusing and overwhelming when we provide families with a comprehensive price list that includes all of our options, service fees and products. The new "Decisions and Options" page is intended to provide more user friendly information on the range of options and decisions involved with both cremation and traditional interments. The pages also includes price ranges for property, related service charges and commodities. Senior Counselor Angela Nelson said that the new webpages "have been very helpful in preparing families for what to expect when pre-planning their own arrangements or in helping them understand what is involved in making arrangements for a family member."