We will perform the church’s sacred mission to bury the dead with dignity and reverence.
We will maintain the cemetery as a holy place of honor and respect for the deceased.
We will serve as a resource on cemetery and funeral related issues to the catholic community.
We will extend comfort and service to people at the time of death and burial.
We will direct people to appropriate support groups and provide support for parish ministries to the bereaved.
We will perform our ministry with the needs of the catholic community first and formost, and with compassion and integrity.
On Sept. 17,1897, as the Salt Lake Valley was beginning to cool from the hot summer months, the growing Catholic presence in Utah was recognized in a significant way. Mayor James Glendinning signed a document that donated 19.5 acres to the Diocese of Salt Lake City for Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery. At the time, Bishop Lawrence Scanlan, our first bishop, had a diocese of just six parishes with 8,000 Catholics, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine wouldn't be completed until 1909.
The significance of a Catholic cemetery for the Catholic community is stated in canon law: "Sacred places are those which have been designated for divine worship or for the burial of the faithful..."
Please pray for those who have died in Christ and are buried in Mt. Calvary Cemetery:
Our sisters and brothers have gone to their rest in the peace of Christ.
May the Lord now welcome them to the table of God's children in heaven. With faith and hope in eternal life, let us assist them with our prayers. Eternal rest grant unto them, 0 Lord.
May they rest in peace.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, rest in peace.