Please join us as we celebrate our annual Advent Mass of Remembrance at GETHSEMANI CATHOLIC CEMETERY. This Mass is offered in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6th for all those who have died, particularly those members of our Catholic Community who have passed away during the previous year. A small reception will follow after the Mass.
For additional information regarding the Mass you can call our office at (503) 292-6621.
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.
MOUNT CALVARY & GETHSEMANI WINTER HOURS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Mt. Calvary 9:00-3:00
Mt. Calvary’s gates and the indoor mausoleum will close at 4:00. Visitors are welcome on cemetery grounds during daylight hours. The cemetery is closed at dusk and is routinely patrolled by our security.
Gethsemani gates close at 4:30. A pedestrian gate is located to the side of the entrance at Gethsemani for use after the gates are closed during daylight hours.
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.
Archbishop Alexander Sample has appointed Father Peter Smith as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. As Vicar General, Father Smith will also act as the Director of Archdiocesan Cemeteries.
Father Smith was born in 1958 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. He earned a bachelor's degree in Commerce in Business Administration and Marketing in 1981 from the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg. He earned a law degree from the University of Natal Law School in 1983. After entering the seminary in 1996, he earned a master's degree in Theology in 2000 and a Master of Divinity degree in 2001, both from Mount Angel Seminary.
Father Smith was ordained a priest by Archbishop John Vlazny on June 9, 2001 at St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Father Smith is a member of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise. He served as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lake Oswego, and then he studied at the Catholic University of America, earning a Licentiate degree in Canon Law (J.C.L.) He has served as pastor at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Portland since July 2006.
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.
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."