Catholic Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries plan regarding COVID 19

In light of the constant updates from government officials and statements from the Archdiocese regarding the coronavirus, the Catholic Cemeteries would like to inform you of the current conditions involving burials and burial planning.

The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy and a very important part of our physical, spiritual and emotional well-being related to the loss of a loved one.  Our goal is to continue to safely serve you through the COVID 19 pandemic by following the guidelines below:

OUR OFFICES AND COMMUNITY MAUSOLEUMS ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO VISITORS EXCEPT FOR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENTS AND SERVICES.  We ask families who have chosen cremation to consider scheduling their service after the pandemic has passed.

OFFICE HOURS and OFFICE LOCATIONS

  • The office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30.
    • Olivet - 7801 I-45 South, Dickinson, TX 77539.
    • Calvary - 2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX 77551

CONTACT US

  • Office: 281-337-1641
  • Cell:
    • Executive Director, Ray Albrecht: 832-477-6299                                         
    • Director of Sales and Operations, Stacy Batey: 281-639-1976

PAYMENTS

  • We are taking credit card payments over the PHONE
  • or you may MAIL checks to:
    • Amegy Bank
      Catholic Cemeteries
      Dept. 489
      P.O. Box 4346
      Houston, TX 77210. 

PROTOCOLS

  • We have made a few changes to how we meet and greet you to be in compliance with the CDC’s recommendations.
  • We prefer to communicate strictly via phone and email, but will, if necessary, meet you outside of our office in Mt. Olivet in Dickinson or our office in Calvary in Galveston.
  • We ask you to call us prior to coming to our office locations.
  • We will be meeting you in front of our offices at the Mt. Olivet office in Dickinson and in front of the Calvary office in Galveston.
  • No visitors may enter the offices.
  • The outside meeting area is disinfected and cleaned several times throughout the day.
  • We kindly ask that if we are working with you to schedule a burial that no more than two persons come to the cemeteries to make the burial arrangements.

BURIAL PROCEDURES

Families will have a choice of two options for the burial as outlined below. Therefore, beginning on May 1, 2020, and until further notice:

Option A - Graveside Service

  • Graveside services limited to 25 persons including family, pallbearers and priest or deacon. No exceptions.
  • Upon arrival, the hearse is to proceed to the gravesite. Prior to being moved to gravesite the coffin must be disinfected with sanitary disinfecting wipes and follow the recommended time for the disinfectant to be effective.
  • All following cars are stopped at the office until the coffin is placed at the gravesite. All visitors to remain in cars until cleared to go to gravesite.
  • When the coffin is in place following cars are permitted to proceed to the gravesite. The 25 family/visitors are allowed to approach gravesite while maintaining social distance.  ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR A MASK OR FACECOVERING OVER NOSE AND MOUTH.
  • After graveside service all visitors to return to cars while cemetery staff closes the grave. When the grave is closed and the cemetery staff has departed, the family/visitors may once again approach the grave.
  • All cemetery staff are required to wear gloves and mask at graveside. All funeral home personnel MUST do so as well.

Option B - Direct Burial

  • The number of persons graveside is not limited by the cemetery. All are encouraged to follow regulatory guidelines, social distancing and common-sense precautions.
  • Upon arrival, the hearse is to proceed to the gravesite. Prior to being moved to the gravesite, the coffin must be disinfected with sanitary disinfecting wipes and follow the recommended time for the disinfectant to be effective.
  • All following cars are stopped at the office until the coffin is placed at the gravesite, lowered into the grave, the gravesite closed and the cemetery staff depart the gravesite. All visitors to remain in cars until cleared to go to gravesite.
  • When grave is covered and cemetery staff depart the gravesite, following cars are permitted to proceed to the gravesite. The family/visitors are allowed to approach gravesite.  WE RECOMMEND, BUT DO NOT REQUIRE, ALL ATTENDEES WEAR A MASK OR FACECOVERING OVER NOSE AND MOUTH.
  • All cemetery staff are required to wear gloves and mask at graveside. All funeral home personnel MUST do so as well.

 


 

The Office of Catholic Cemeteries is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston devoted to the works of mercy that pertain to dealing with death in the context of faith. Specifically, we maintain and develop the cemeteries, owned and operated by the archdiocese, as sacred places dedicated to the religious purposes of:

  • Burying the dead
  • Praying for the living and the dead
  • Comforting those who mourn
  • Witnessing to our shared belief in one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, and the resurrection of the dead

We offer educational programs, which provide information on Catholic burial practices, Catholic approaches to death and dying (including end of life issues), and the "nuts and bolts" issues faced by people having to make funeral arrangements. In these presentations, we promote the full use of the Order of Christian Funerals, and the benefits of preparing all funeral arrangements (from liturgy to funeral home to cemetery) before the time of need.

Staff

Director: 
Ray Albrecht

Director of Sales:
Stacy Batey

Family Service Associates:
Don Bilek
Gracie Ramirez

Administrative Staff:
Ela Sherrill

Maintenance Staff:
Michael Sabatier, Head Maintenance
Rafael Picaso
Michael Zombory

Locations

Dickinson
Central Office & Mount Olivet Cemetery

7801 Gulf Freeway (I-45 Southbound) @ Hughes Road

281-337-1641
409-948-1455
Fax: 281-337-4961

Houston
Holy Cross Cemetery
3502 N. Main @ I-45

Galveston
Calvary Catholic Cemetery
2506 65th Street
Old Catholic Cemetery
Visible from Broadway, on Avenue L between 40th & 43rd Streets