Working Together Contact the Catholic Memorial Design Center with ideas for your loved one’s memorial.
We can walk through our grounds together to view other monuments for inspiration. Then we will help you design a memorial that is best for you and your family. We have a wide array of headstones, monuments and bronze markers to choose from. Memorials are available in a variety of designs, sizes, and prices crafted by the finest of manufacturers.
The Blessing of the Headstone is an opportunity to gather in prayer at the grave. The Order of Blessing, led by a cemetery staff member, begins with an opening prayer. There is a Gospel reading and responsorial psalm. A family member is invited to offer a brief reflection. After the Litany of Saints, those present trace a cross on the headstone with holy water.
Albany Diocesan Cemeteries offers this service at no charge. This service is also appropriate for anniversaries or birthdays.
Support your Local Catholic Cemetery
Purchasing your family memorial from Albany Diocesan Cemeteries also helps sustain and preserve your Catholic cemetery. Catholic cemeteries are a vital part of our Church’s heritage of caring for and burying the bodies of the dead in blessed ground — one of the corporal works of mercy.