Cemetery

St. Thomas Aquinas has its own cemetery located just a short distance from our parish at 920 Hastings Avenue in St. Paul Park.  St. Thomas has a number of grave lots in addition to three columbariums for the above-ground burial of cremains.  All work at our cemetery is done by parish employees.

For more information, you can click here to read our cemetery and funeral fee information brochure or call our parish office at 651-459-2131.

Cemetery Spring Cleaning will happen mid April.  All decorations that are out-of-season, broken, or otherwise neglected will be thrown away.  If you are concerned that we will throw something away you want to keep on a gravesite, please remove it before April 1 and return it after the spring cleanup has occurred.  If bad weather keeps us from doing the work in April, the first good-weather Saturday following will be the date the work is done.

 

Grave Decoration

  • Fresh flowers/plants, and artificial flowers/plants, are permitted at all times in above ground plant stands.
  • Plant stands are available for purchase via the Parish Office. The cost is $45 per stand and will be placed by cemetery staff.
  • Flowers, flags and other decorations are permissible on the ground from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day only. After that time the maintenance crew will to remove anything placed on the ground at all graves.
  • Please be sure plants/items are securely placed in the plant stand. Items that blow out or otherwise move due to weather or animals will be returned to the correct place to the best of our knowledge, however we may not be able to determine their rightful home.
  • Solar lights are permitted but MUST be placed in a plant stand at the gravesite.
  • Shepherd hooks are NOT permitted.
  • Candles or flames of any kind are NOT permitted.
  • Spring cemetery cleaning is scheduled around the middle of April, but subject to weather. All items that you wish to keep must be removed from gravesites prior to the cleaning dates or they will be discarded. Each year rusty, bent, broken, or unused plant stands are removed from the cemetery. We will do our best to notify when spring cleaning will occur via the church website, bulletin and announcements during Mass.
  • Cemetery management reserves the right to regulate and restrict the method of decorating graves. For the safety of all visitors and those that maintain the cemetery, please do not place any glass objects in the cemetery.
  • Unfortunately we have no control over vandalism at the cemetery. All floral tributes and their containers are solely the responsibility of, and at the risk of the owner.
  • Please also be aware the cemetery is a public place where animals roam, we have no control over which flowers they choose as a meal.
  • The cemetery assumes no liability for any lost, stolen, or broken items.

 

Columbarium Decoration

  • NO flowers/plants or any other items are permitted on or around any of the columbaria at any time.
  • Flowers and other decorations are permissible on the ground near the niche from Mother’s Day through Father’s Day only. After that time the maintenance crew will  remove anything placed on the ground around the columbaria.
  • Cemetery management reserves the right to regulate and restrict the method of decorating. For the safety of all visitors and those that maintain the cemetery, please do not place any glass objects in the cemetery.
  • Unfortunately we have no control over vandalism at the cemetery. All floral tributes and their containers are solely the responsibility of, and at the risk of the owner.
  • Please also be aware the cemetery is a public place where animals roam, we have no control over which flowers they choose as a meal.
  • The cemetery assumes no liability for any lost, stolen, or broken items.