Rules & Regulations
Three audiences are considered in exercising the Corporal Work of Mercy known as the burial of the dead.
- Those who are buried, entombed, inurned in Archdiocese of New York Catholic cemeteries are the first group. Rules and Regulations are written for their protection as these individuals are entitled to a respectful burial, to the care and maintenance of their interment spaces, and to the holy and beautiful environment of the Catholic cemetery.
- Survivors and visitors to Archdiocese of New York Catholic cemeteries are the second group. Among them would be those who have purchased interment rights for future use, those who have loved ones or friends buried in one of our cemeteries, those who utilize our cemeteries as places for prayer and meditation, those who come to our cemeteries to render services either to families or cemetery management and operations.
- The third group includes the Catholic church itself, its rituals, disciplines and procedures, cemetery management and all support staff who apply the church’s directives, interact with families, visitors and others who come to Archdiocese of New York Catholic cemeteries to render services.
Catholic cemetery Rules and Regulations chart a course of mutual protection for all these groups and the individuals within them. They are intended to help sanctify the memories of those buried within the cemeteries and to create an environment within the cemeteries which awakens faith and brings consolation. The enforcement of the rules assists in protecting the cemeteries, creating and preserving their beauty, and ensuring that the interests of all concerned parties are equally addressed.