Care of Lots
The general care of the cemeteries is provided by the Catholic Cemeteries at no cost to the families. Each month, the Catholic Cemeteries deposits 20% of each grave sale, 10% of each niche sale, and 5% of each crypt sale into the “Perpetual Care and Maintenance Fund” for the purpose of providing the general care of the cemetery in perpetuity. The term general care includes, but is not limited to, mowing of the grass, trimming around memorials, the maintenance of roads, fences, gates, cemetery’s features, buildings and other cemetery structures, repairing foundations, etc. Donations to this fund can be made by families by designating their donations as “for the perpetual care and maintenance fund of the Catholic Cemeteries”. Only the interest earned by this fund is used for the maintenance of the cemeteries, the principal remains unused.
Lot owners and families can request that Catholic Cemeteries provide for their lots specific services not covered by the general care at the expense of the family. Examples of these services are the maintenance and care of shrubs and ivy, which includes trimming, fertilizing, mulching and spraying for insects and diseases. Other special care services are the placement of holiday flowers and wreaths, and memorial cleaning. There are three payment plans offered to pay for these special services:
- Annual Care Plan: The lot owner or responsible family member is billed annually for the services provided each year. This program does not guarantee the plantings. Families are responsible for the cost of planting and replacing the shrubs or ivy, if they die.
- 15 Year Care Plan: The lot owner or responsible family member pays a flat charge upfront for the services to be provided in the term of the agreement. The price includes the cost of planting and replacing the plantings if they die in the 15 year term.
- 30 Year Care Plan: The lot owner or responsible family member pays a flat charge upfront for the services to be provided in the term of the agreement. The price includes the cost of planting and replacing the plantings if they die in the 30 year term.
- Endowment: Families can set up endowments to provide particular services for their lot that are not covered by the general maintenance of the cemetery. The amount of the endowment will be determined by the management at its sole discretion based on the services to be provided.