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Catholic Cemeteries: The Best Kept Secret in the Diocese



By Kathy Fanger

Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of San Jose provides the only Catholic Cemeteries operated by the Diocese of San Jose.  Considered “the best kept secret in the diocese!” as noted by Monsignor J. Patrick Browne.

The mission of Catholic Cemeteries is to bridge the gap before, during, and after the death of a loved one. We respond to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy:  to Care for the Sick, Comfort the Sorrowful, Pray for the Living and the Dead, and Bury the Dead.

Our three Catholic Cemeteries are

  • Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Los Altos
  • Calvary Cemetery, San Jose
  • Saint John the Baptist, Milpitas

Why choose a Catholic Cemetery?
Catholic Cemeteries are an extension of the Church. Having lived a life of faith and received the sacraments, it is natural to choose sacred, peaceful burial grounds among fellow believers.  Loved ones visit, pray and are reminded of Jesus’ words, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.” John 11:26. Monthly Mass and Memorial Day and All Souls Day Masses welcome loved ones to pray with thankful hearts for all the deceased and look with joyful hope for the day they will see them again.

Who can be buried in a Catholic Cemetery?

  • Catholics and immediate family members, regardless of faith or denomination
  • Members of Christian churches with whom we share a common understanding of baptism, with the approval of their pastor
  • Persons who have previously obtained burial rights in our cemeteries
  • Persons with a demonstrable connection to the Catholic community (i.e. attended Catholic school, employee of the Church)

Your legacy of faith
By having your burial plans in place, you are essentially stating, “I believe so much that God is preparing a place for me that, upon my death, I do not want you to worry about anything – no burial tours, no costs, no potential family conflicts. As my final act of faith, it is important to me to have Catholic funeral services and share the welcome of God and the church I am a part of.” Clearly communicate and document these wishes to your family and add this to your estate plans. Give the gift of peace of mind to yourself and your loved ones.

Take the first step.
This is our ministry. Call for a free appointment and tour of our beautiful, holy grounds, chapels, mausoleums and Veterans Section. We listen to your wishes, describe burial options and offer zero-interest monthly payment plans (utilizing today’s prices). We also offer a comprehensive Catholic Funeral Plan TM. Let us help you start this conversation.  Contact us at (650) 428-3730 or www.ccdsj.org. CFIS Insurance Service License 0136007.


Questions at End of Life A Catholic Perspective
October 19, 7 – 9 p.m.
The Chancery – Saint Joseph Conference Room
1150 North First St., San Jose 95112
Presenter:  Father Joseph Benedict
Choices at end of life present unique challenges, particularly within a complex and technologically advanced society. Physical death is perceived within modern society as the ultimate human tragedy. This presentation will explore end-of-life choices within the context of faith in Jesus and the moral tradition of the Church.