Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Washington

Prayers & Events

Prayers for the Dead

The Church has always cared for those who grieve while honoring the memory of those who have died. A Catholic cemetery is a sacred place both for personal prayer for the souls of friends and family members, and for the prayer of the whole Church at the monthly Masses in the cemetery chapels.

Lord, support us all the day long,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in thy mercy grant us a safe lodging
and a holy rest,
and peace at the last.
Amen.

 

— St. John Henry Newman

 

“...For we know that when this tent we live-- our body here on earth-- is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in; a home he himself made, which will last forever...”

 

— 2 Corinthians 4:16 - 5: 10

The Divine Mercy prayer, chaplet and novena

The Rosary

"So it is that the union of the wayfarers with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to the constant faith of the Church, this union is reinforced by an exchange of spiritual goods."

 

— Catechism of the Catholic Church 955 (2)

Monthly Masses

Below is a schedule of Masses and the cemetery location at which the Mass is celebrated:

 


1st Saturday of the month
Gate of Heaven Time: 9:00 A.M.


2nd Saturday of the month
Mount Olivet Time: 9:30 A.M.


3rd Saturday of the month
Resurrection Time: 9:00 A.M.


1st Tuesday of the month
All Souls* Time: 8:00 A.M.

*Celebrated at Mother Seton Parish
19951 Father Hurley Blvd.
Germantown, MD 20874
301-924-3838



“...we visit the cemetery to pray for our dear departed ones; we go to visit them…in order to express our affection for them once more, to feel them still close to us; and in so doing, we also remember an article of the Creed: In the communion of saints there is a close bond between us who still journey on this earth and so many brothers and sisters who have already reached eternity.”
–Pope Benedict XVI, All Souls Day 2011

 

Prayers for the Dead