About Catholic Cemeteries

Archdiocese of Vancouver

Our Mission

Catholic Cemeteries are an extension of our parishes; a place for prayer, reflection, hope and remembrance. The cemetery is a vital part of Catholic life; expressing our faith, from conception to our natural end, reverence and respect for sacred burial on consecrated grounds.

We bury the dead with dignity and respect in the Catholic Tradition; we comfort the living with compassion and concern; and we provide sacred space for remembering.

It is the Church’s ancient tradition that Catholics be buried in Holy Ground. A Catholic cemetery reflects in death the community of faith that the deceased shared in life. The Catholic cemetery is a place where the faithful express their belief in the Communion of Saints and offer prayers on behalf of the departed.

Our cemeteries offer various placement options for the deceased. Family, friends, and community members are given a peaceful, comforting place to honour the ones they love.

Our Services

The Cemetery is open every day of the year, including holidays, for visiting. The gates are open at 8:30 am each day and are closed and locked at dusk.

April to October - No artificial flowers on graves.
Flower containers are provided April to October.

Please do not put large potted baskets or plants on graves. The cemetery is not responsible for stolen or broken plants.

November to March - Artificial flowers or wreaths may be used.
Ornamentation, candles and lights are NOT PERMITTED on graves.

We offer some uniquely Catholic services:

Remembrance Program - At Gardens of Gethsemani our remembrance program is our monthly Memorial mass which is held on the last Sunday of each month at 2:30pm in the Evangelist Chapel on site. We remember those who have passed away during that month and all who have left this world with the hope of the resurrection.

Mother's Day Mass - held at 2:30pm on Mother's Day to honour and remember the influential women in our lives.

Father's Day Mass - held at 2:30pm on Father's Day to honour and remember our Fathers.

Hallowtide Candlelight Vigil - October 31st, November 1st and November 2nd are colloquially (not officially) called "Hallowtide” or the “Days of the Dead” because this is typically the season that the faithful pray for and remember those who’ve left this world. Hallowtide begins the Triduum on Hallows Eve, October 31st, with the start of the Candlelight Vigil. The candles will remain lit throughout the cemetery through All Saints' Day, and All Souls Day. Be a part of this special event in which we embrace and celebrate the memory of the departed. Join us in prayer, light a candle or come experience the majesty of our cemetery grounds in the soft candlelit glow.

Remembrance Day - November 11th - Mass at 10am with a procession led by the Knights of Columbus to our Cenotaph.

For more events visit our Events Page.

History of Catholic Cemeteries

Gardens of Gethsemani is today's Archdiocesan Cemetery. As an extension of your church community, Catholic Cemeteries is here to serve you. Our diocesan cemetery, derives its name from Gethsemani, the Garden of Olive trees and cypresses on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, ...

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Our Leadership

Staff & Volunteers
Peter Nobes
Director of Catholic Cemeteries
pnobes@rccav.org
Marcia Terlaak
Operations Manager
mterlaak@rccav.org
Appointments & Reception
Receptionist
advisor@rccav.org
Brenda Villaraza
Advisor
bvillaraza@rccav.org
Sieglinde Pitcairn
Advisor
spitcairn@rccav.org
Patti Adams
Advisor
padams@rccav.org
Terry Whiteley
Outreach & Community Coordinator
twhiteley@rccav.org
Mike Thomson
Grounds Foreman
mthomson@rccav.org
Kenneth Fung
Advisor
kfung@rccav.org
Mary McDaniel
Advisor
mmcdaniel@rccav.org
604-531-2141

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Our Locations

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Gardens of Gethsemani

15694 32 Ave
Surrey, BC V3Z 9V1

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Office Address
Gardens of Gethsemani
15694 32 Ave
Surrey, BC V3Z 9V1, Canada
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Office hours
Weekdays: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays: 9am-4:30pm
Sundays: *Closed
(604) 531-2141 (604) 531-2141

Cemetery Locations

Gardens of Gethsemani
15694 32 Ave
Surrey, BC V3Z 9V1
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