Calvary Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery 
An Apostolate of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, KY


This Catholic Cemetery is a holy place. 
It is blessed by the Church and dedicated to God as a place for worship, prayer, and reflection upon Divine Truth and the purpose of life. 
It is the resting place until the day of Resurrection for the bodies of the Faithful Departed, once temples of the Holy Spirit, whose souls are now with God.   It is a final and continuing profession of faith in God and of membership in the Church by those who have chosen to be buried with fellow believers of “the Household of the Faith”.

Fran Borders - Manager
874 West Main Street
Lexington, KY 40508
859-252-5415 phone
859-252-0457 fax
ccemetery@cdlex.org
fborders@cdlex.org

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm (call for an appointment)
Gates Open:
Sunday - Saturday 8am - 5pm (weather permitting)

Snow Policy:  For your safety, Calvary will follow the snow policy of Lexington Catholic High School.  If LCHS is closed due to inclement weather, then Calvary may be closed, as well.  Call ahead before arriving.

Are you a steward of Calvary Cemetery?  Please be sure to visit our secure online DONATIONS link below to make your contribution today!  We thank you for helping to protect this sacred place.  

The highest compliment our patrons can give is the referral of their friends and family.  Thank you for your trust.
 
CALVARY OFFERS:
•Calvary is a Perpetual Care Cemetery
•In-ground burial plots for caskets and urns
•Fetus and infant burial plots
•Mausoleum crypts and niches in the beautiful Via Dolorosa Mausoleum
•Assistance with obtaining a VA military marker
•Foundation pouring for monument/marker
•Easy payment plan (see payment options below), or cash, or Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted
•Marker setting
•A "Good Grief" Library - books and DVDs for those who mourn
•Monument/marker cleaning - a nominal fee and helps preserve your monument, beautify the Cemetery, and reflects continued love for your family and friends
•Flower planting service (renewable or perpetual) - red, white, and/or pink begonias
•Abbey Caskets and Abbey Urns - Let Calvary Cemetery help you order from the Monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.  They have offered their handcrafted wooden caskets and cremation urns since 1999.  The proceeds support their prayer and works. (Calvary ID #13801) You can see examples at the Calvary office.


Calvary Cemetery serves the Catholic Diocese of Lexington and provides a place for the burial and honoring of loved ones.

Within hours of death there are so many different arrangements which must be completed. With advanced planning, many of these decisions can be made thus, sparing your loved ones this difficulty during the time of grief.

There is no better time to make your final plans than now.
 

Donate
Directly to Calvary Cemetery
 

Prearrangement offers you and your loved ones many advantages:

  • Weigh alternatives carefully and deliberately
  • Have the opportunity to make unhurried decision
  • Spare loved ones from the burden of difficult decisions
  • Have the comfort of knowing that when the time comes, these immediate needs are met
  • Have the guarantee of the cost of plots, and have the advantage of monthly installments with 25% down at no interest.

We, at your Diocesan Cemetery, are here to serve you and help make difficult decisions easier for you and your family.

Come and see us at Calvary. We can help you explore different alternatives.

Please enjoy this article about Calvary Cemetery and the Boys Scouts of Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary's Flag Retirement Ceremony on June 14, 2014 here at Calvary:  http://www.kyforward.com/the-american-way-old-glory-retirement-blessing-ceremony-a-simple-yet-powerful-one/

BURIALS:
•One in-ground burial plot accommodates one casket burial or one urn (cremains) burial
•A Second Right of Interment fee is assessed for any second burial in one burial plot
•An Interment Service fee is assessed for each burial
•Placing cremains of an additional person(s) or pet(s) within a casket or urn being buried is not allowed
 
PAYMENT OPTIONS:
•Calvary accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover
•OR 25% down-payment and 24 monthly installments at 0% interest (due in full upon use)
•No burial or marker/monument memorialization until paid in full
•Can be sold back to Cemetery less transfer and archive fees but not transferred to an
individual (can sign designation of grave though)
•All prices subject to change without notice
 
IN-GROUND BURIAL FEES:
•In-ground burial plot $1,706
•Interment fees range from $910 to $1,495, depending on the day of the week and the
time of day for burial and type of vault chosen at funeral home
•In-ground one cremains only plot $640
•Inurnment fee of urn ranges from $640 to $1,120, depending on the day of the week and the time of day for burial
•In-ground three cremains only plot $1,920
 
MAUSOLEUM FEES:
Payment Options:
•Calvary accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover
•OR 25% down-payment and 24 monthly installments at 0% interest (due in full upon use)
•No entombment until paid in full
•Cannot be sold back to Cemetery or transferred to an individual
•All prices subject to change without notice
•Tandem Crypt:
→ (for two burials) in the Via Dolorosa Mausoleum are $6,213 + $250 for door etching + $100 to add death date later
•Entombment fee ranges from $910 to $1,390, depending on the day of the week and the time of day for burial
•Placing cremains of an additional person(s) within a casket being entombed is not
allowed
•Regular Crypt:
→ (for one burial) in the Via Dolorosa Mausoleum is $3,417 + $125 for door etching +
$100 to add death date later
•Entombment fee ranges from $910 to $1,390, depending on the day of the week and the time of day for burial
•Placing cremains of an additional person(s) within a casket being entombed is not
allowed
•Regular Niche:
→ (for one cremains burial), single compartments within, but with one outer door
covering four niches, in the Via Dolorosa Mausoleum are $828 + $125 for door
etching + $100 to add death date later
•Urn entombment fee ranges from $430 to $910 depending on the day of the week and the time of day for burial
•Urn size must be smaller than 11” tall, 7” wide, 12” deep
•Smaller Niche:
→ (for one cremains burial), single compartments within with one outer door, in the Via Dolorosa Mausoleum are $517 + $125 for door etching + $100 to add death date
later
•Urn entombment fee ranges from $430 to $910 depending on the day of the week and the time of day for burial
•Urn size must be smaller than 7” tall, 7” wide, 12” deep
 
GABRIEL’S TEARS SECTION - FETUS BURIAL FEES:
•Lot $200, Interment Service Fee $25, Foundation $25, Flush Marker $173, setting fee $20; tent & chairs $100, Saturday $100
•Please ask Cemetery Management about other available baby plots
 
MONUMENTS/COLUMBARIA/FAMILY MAUSOLEUMS:
•Depending on the Cemetery section, plots at the hedge may have an upright monument, but other plots may be limited to flush markers only; please ask Cemetery Management
•Burial plots for personal columbaria or family mausoleums are available; please ask Cemetery Management
 
CATHOLIC CEMETERY:
Canon Law, Title III, Ecclesiastical Funerals, Section 1180
“(1) If a parish has its own Cemetery; the deceased members of the faithful must be buried in it unless the deceased or those competent to take care of the burial of the deceased have chosen another Cemetery legitimately.
(2) Everyone, however, is permitted to choose the Cemetery of burial unless prohibited by law.”
 
CREMATION / BURYING CREMAINS:
Canon Law, Title III, Ecclesiastical Funerals, Section 1176:
“(3) The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased by observed; nevertheless, the Church does not prohibit cremation unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine."
AND: 
Here is the link to the actual document from the Vatican and used in the US.
http://www.ewtn.com/library/CURIA/CDWCREMA.HTM
“417 The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires. Whenever possible, appropriate means for recording with dignity the memory of the deceased should be adopted, such as a plaque or stone which records the name of the deceased.”

Some things to know...

 

  1. No plot owner may sell his/her unused plot.
  2. Calvary Cemetery will repurchase any unused (and non-monument in place) plot at the original purchase price less a transfer fee per plot and an archive fee per plot.
  3. The plot owner shall have the right of beautification of his/her own plot, but is responsible for keeping the plot neat and properly maintained at all times.
  4. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, Calvary Cemetery, or their personnel are not responsible for any lost or stolen items placed on the Cemetery grounds.  We recommend that you do not place anything of sentimental value or monetary value because even though Calvary is a private cemetery, anyone may visit.
  5. Water will be available for use throughout the Cemetery campus from March 1st to November 1st.
  6. Flowers, shrubs, or any vegetation (including pots or baskets), or any décor, or any edging or curbing may not extend further than 12 inches from the front of a monument and no more than 6 inches on either side of the monument.
  7. Glass or breakable containers are not permitted on the Cemetery campus, with the exception of Eternity Lamps, but even they have to be placed in the allowed limits.
  8. Nothing may be installed on the backside of a monument.
  9. Flowers, shrubs, or any vegetation must be of a type that will not spread to adjoining plots or cover monuments.
  10. No flowers, shrubs, or any vegetation, or décor are permitted by flush markers.  (Exception:  U.S. flag at Veteran’s grave) or begonias planted through the Cemetery’s flower service.
  11. All planting must be done under the supervision of Cemetery management.
  12. Natural, fresh, live flowers are permitted all year long, but may be removed by Cemetery personnel when wilted.
  13. No wreaths, artificial flowers, or other semi-permanent décor may remain on plots from March 1st through November 1st.
  14. Wreaths, artificial flowers, or other semi-permanent décor are permitted from November 1st to March 1st.
  15. Birdfeeders, windmills, toys, ornaments, chairs, shrines, statues, shells, balloons, articles of glass, plastic, metal, concrete and wire, etc. are not allowed.
  16. The Cemetery shall have the right to remove all floral designs, flowers, trees, shrubs, evergreens, décor, and plants of any kind that are not permitted in the Cemetery, if in the judgment of the Cemetery management, they do not conform to the standards maintained; if they become detrimental to an adjacent plot; or if they are a hazard to either visitors or Cemetery personnel.
  17. Peat moss or finely shredded mulch is permitted.
  18. Rock, stone, or bark mulch is not permitted.
  19.  Calvary Cemetery provides an Annual Flower Planting and a Perpetual Special Care flower service – please see Cemetery management for details.
  20. No items may be hung on trees or hedges.
  21.  Shrubs or trees may not be planted without permission of Cemetery management and must be kept trimmed by the person installing such in conformity with the measurements set forth herein.  Roses or other thorny plants are not allowed.  Indeterminate plants that could encroach on another plot are not allowed.
  22. Flowers, shrubs, or any vegetation may be removed by Calvary at plot owner’s expense if they become overgrown or unsightly.
  23. Use of a shepherd’s hook is not permissible.
  24. All designs on monuments must be of a Christian nature.
  25. All designs on monuments are to be sent to Cemetery management for pre-approval.
  26. No monuments or markers may be placed on plots against which there exists indebtedness to Calvary Cemetery.
  27.  No monuments or markers may be placed on plots that are not under Perpetual Care.
  28. Individuals are prohibited from placing monuments.
  29. A monument company, hired by an individual or family to set a monument at Calvary, must first obtain approval through Cemetery management.
  30. No monument may be placed on any plot in the Cemetery without prior Cemetery approval.
  31. Granite, marble or bronze is recommended for monuments.
  32. Monuments of wood, concrete or iron are not permitted.
  33. Grave covers are allowed only in the Priests’ Circle or by permission and pre-approval by Cemetery management.
  34. For the protection of all plot owners, the length of the base of a monument shall not exceed 60% of the width of the plot on which it is to be erected.
  35. Depending on the location of the plot, and the requirements of the section of which it is a part, monuments range from flush markers to a height that will conform to the section requirements and general appearance of the Cemetery.
  36. Alterations to existing monuments may be made only with the approval of Cemetery management.
  37. Cemetery management reserves the right to exclude or remove from any plot, any monument which shall be determined by Cemetery management to be offensive, improper, or not conforming to the requirements of the Cemetery as to appearance or size.
  38. Benches may be installed only as a head stone and must conform to the requirements of monument size and placement at Calvary Cemetery.
  39. Maintenance of any monument is the responsibility of the person or family owning the burial rights in said plot, including, but not limited to damage caused by acts of God (ex. weather) or vandalism.

FOUNDATION ORDERS:
•Cemetery Management must approve all stones and must be notified prior to the setting of a stone by the use of this form by the Monument Company.
•Monument Company must notify Cemetery Management in writing prior to the alteration of an existing stone.
•Monument Company must provide Cemetery Management with a Certificate of Liability Insurance prior to entry onto the premises.
•All stones, regardless of size, must be placed Monday through Friday 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.  Monument Company must notify Cemetery Management when setting a stone.
•No stone, regardless of size, may be removed from the Cemetery without prior written permission from Cemetery Management.
The base of a stone may not be over 60% of the width of the lot nor be over 18” in thickness.
1 grave            2-0 x 1-0          3 graves           6-0 x 1-6         
5 graves           10-0 x 1-6        2 grave            4-0 x 1-6
4 graves           8-0 x 1-6          6 graves           12-0 x 1-6

SPECIAL CARE FLOWER SERVICE:
Calvary Cemetery offers an annual flower planting service that is paid in a one-time contribution for a double row of begonias (red, white, and/or pink) to be planted across the length of the monument each year in the growing season without having to renew annually.  The funds are deposited into a Special Care Trust Account and only the interest from the Fund is used, thus assuring this service in perpetuity.*
                                                1 Grave Space                                     $   700.00
                                                2 Grave Spaces                                   $1,000.00
                                                3 Grave Spaces                                   $1,100.00
                                                4 Grave Spaces                                   $1,200.00
                                                5 Grave Spaces                                   $1,300.00
                                                6 Grave Spaces                                   $1,400.00
 
ANNUAL FLOWER PLANTING SERVICE:
Calvary Cemetery offers an annual flower planting service that is renewable every year.  We plant a double row of begonias (red, white, and/or pink) across the length of the monument.  The cost for this service is $20.00 per lineal foot of the length of the monument, with a minimum charge of $80.00.  This includes planting, watering, weeding, and caring for the flowers for the entire growing season.*
 
*This does not include cleaning of monuments or markers, repairs to monuments, replacement of urns, statues, shrubs, etc., or the lettering on monuments, etc.
 
GABRIEL’S TEARS SPECIAL CARE FLOWER SERVICE: 
Calvary Cemetery offers an annual flower planting service that is paid in a one-time contribution for a row of begonias (red, white, or pink) to be planted across the length of the marker each year in the growing season without having to renew annually.  The funds are deposited into a Special Care Trust Account and only the interest from the Fund is used, thus assuring this service in perpetuity.*
                                                1 Grave Space                         $175.00
                                                2 Grave Spaces                       $250.00
                                                3 Grave Spaces                       $275.00
                                                4 Grave Spaces                       $300.00
                                                5 Grave Spaces                       $325.00
                                                6 Grave Spaces                       $350.00
 
GABRIEL’S TEARS             ANNUAL FLOWER PLANTING SERVICE:
Calvary Cemetery offers an annual flower planting service that is renewable every year.  We plant a row of begonias (red, white, or pink) across the length of the marker.  The cost for this service is $20.00.  This includes planting, watering, weeding, and caring for the flowers for the entire growing season.*
 
*This does not include cleaning of monuments or markers, repairs to monuments, replacement of urns, statues, shrubs, etc., or the lettering on monuments, etc.

Calendar (Next 10 upcoming events)
  • Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2017
    As you visit Calvary Cemetery, or drive by, you will notice in each of the office windows, a lit candle. These candles represent Calvary’s commitment to prayer for you and your loved ones; a way to honor the families we serve. “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
  • Mar 2 - Oct 31, 2017
    No matter what the season, it is always a great time to consider taking advantage of our Diocesan Cemetery's Special Care Flower Service and Annual Flower Service! Contact the office at (859) 252-5415 or email your request for ccemetery@cdlex.org for more information on these two programs! Calvary Cemetery, 874 West Main Street, Lexington, KY, allows the placement of live flowers any time. Artificial decorations may be placed November 1st to March 1st only. To keep the Cemetery's appearance uniform and in keeping with the existing policy, the Cemetery will begin the process of removing all remaining artificial decorations on March 2nd and bringing decor/plantings to within the specified guidelines. Thank you!
  • May 3, 2017
    1:00 PM
    0 to 12 week old fetuses miscarried at Saint Joseph Hospitals are entombed at the beautiful Via Dolorosa Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery located at 874 West Main Street, Lexington, KY. All are welcome to attend! Questions? Please contact Lynnette RauvolaBouta, VP Mission Integration @ KY1Health, 859-313-3263 or lrauvolabouta@sjhlex.org or Calvary Cemetery at 859-252-5415 or ccemetery@cdlex.org
  • May 20-29, 2017
    Memorial Day! Calvary Cemetery is again offering ways to honor our military through the Catholic Cemetery Conference’s national program, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes”. A Tribute Board and Prayer Box will be available under cover on the Calvary Cemetery office front porch for visitors and Calvary families to post pictures, mementoes, wishes, prayers, and/or comments for their deceased military loved ones. Please join Calvary Cemetery in honoring “Our Heroes”! Thank you!
  • May 29, 2017
    The Calvary office will be closed today to allow staff to celebrate Memorial Day with their families.
  • Jul 4, 2017
    The Calvary office will be closed today to allow staff to celebrate Independence Day with their families. God Bless America!
  • Jul 5, 2017
    1:00 PM
    0 to 12 week old fetuses miscarried at Saint Joseph Hospitals are entombed at the beautiful Via Dolorosa ("Way of Suffering") Mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery located at 874 West Main Street, Lexington, KY. All are welcome to attend! Questions? Please contact Lynnette RauvolaBouta, VP Mission Integration @ KY1Health, 859-313-3263 or lrauvolabouta@sjhlex.org or Calvary Cemetery at 859-252-5415 or ccemetery@cdlex.org
  • Aug 15, 2017
    Office Closed Today.
  • Aug 22, 2017
    10:00 AM
    Come pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary for the August 22nd Feast Day of the Queenship (Coronation) of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth and as such, she is the Patroness of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington, KY. Join Calvary Cemetery staff on the office porch (seating provided). There will be light refreshments afterwards. All are welcome to attend!
  • Aug 31, 2017
    Sts. Joseph of Arimathea & Nicodemus - Patron Saints of Funeral Directors…pray for us!