Catholic Cemeteries have played a vital role in Southern California since the time of the Spanish Missions. Today, eleven cemeteries and six mortuaries serve the members of our Archdiocese, connecting us with our history and Christian ancestry. Our Catholic cemeteries are truly different than any other cemetery. The Catholic Church considers its cemeteries to be holy ground, holding the mortal remains of God’s children as a “Communion of Saints”.
A ministry of the church, Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries are a beneficiary of the faithful’s daily prayers for the souls of the departed. As a testament to our faith we celebrate annual and daily masses, Mother’s and Father’s Day Rosary’s prayer services, and our Christmas Services of Remembrance. In recent years, two of our locations, Calvary Cemetery in East Los Angeles, and Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard, have offered Día de Los Muertos community celebrations to our local faithful. These events bring our community together to commemorate our departed loved ones with joy and prayer.
The cherished Catholic Funeral Tradition and burial in consecrated ground, among fellow believers, is the final expression of our faith as Catholics and it is the sacred right, privilege and calling of every Catholic.
Catholic Cemeteries and Mortuaries in the San Gabriel Valley including the historic Calvary Cemetery & Mortuary in East Los Angeles, Resurrection Cemetery in Rosemead, and Queen of Heaven Cemetery & Mortuary in Rowland Heights have a variety of selections available in newly developed areas including lawn burial, mausoleum crypts and cremation options.
We plan for all the important moments of our lives: marriage, buying a home, retirement…planning your Catholic Burial is no different. Pre-arrangement is simply the way we should plan for the last important matter — the day that will represent our legacy to those we leave behind. Making cemetery and funeral arrangements in advance is a loving and financially wise decision. While it may feel overwhelming, we’ve made preplanning easy to understand and complete. Let us answer your questions and help walk you through each step. Be comforted knowing that, as Catholics, we believe death is not the end. It’s merely a new beginning. Helping you in this time is an important ministry and work of mercy that expresses our shared hope in the Resurrection.
All proceeds from Catholic Cemeteries & Mortuaries go directly into maintaining the grounds and support the 5 million Catholics in our Archdiocese through our various ministries.