cemeteryI AM THE RESURRECTION

AND THE LIFE - 2012

VISITATION CEMETERY

Church of the Visitation

Norfolk, NY 13667

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:

Profoundly aware of the great debt owed to those who have gone before us, who in love and sacrifice have entrusted this parish to us, it is proper and fitting that our parish cemetery be kept in the finest possible condition as our sign of respect and gratitude to them. We stand in awe before God who will one day raise them up and us likewise on the last day.

Our Cemetery rules and regulations have been adopted to facilitate the work of administration and care of the cemetery in extending to everyone equal and fair treatment, to maintain uniform control as well as the beauty of our cemetery.

RULES AND REGULATIONS:

   1. All cemetery costs are to be paid upon grant of easement of a lot or, in case of a burial, as soon after burial as possible. Payment in full must be made within six months from the date the lot is reserved.

     2. An easement to a cemetery lot grants the purchaser, his family and heirs, the privilege of being buried in that lot. Visitation Church retains ownership of all cemetery lots. Lot owners are expressly prohibited from selling or transferring their lots or any part thereof, without first obtaining the necessary permission from the pastor. No lots or any part thereof may be sold for speculation or gain.

     3. All interments MUST be made with an outside liner or burial vault. The interment of two bodies in one grave will not be allowed, except in the case of mother and infant, twin children, or two children buried at the same time. Cremated remains of two bodies will be permitted in one grave space. Also, the cremated remains of one body will be allowed in a grave already occupied.

     4. Only GRAY BARRE GRANITE MEMORIALS will be allowed in the cemetery. The monument company must provide the cemetery with a Barre granite certificate before placing any monument in the cemetery. That includes foot markers for veterans which must also be Barre Gray Granite.

     5. Monuments will be permitted only on two and four grave lots. One grave lots will be permitted to have only a grass marker.

     6. No monument base shall be larger that 44” x 14”. We encourage that monuments have names and dates of those interred on the upper stone or on the lower base in preference to foot markers. Inscriptions are also subject to approval before placement on monuments. Only religious symbols should decorate the monument. Symbols and designs on monuments should elevate the hearts and minds to the presence of God and our loved ones with Him. Enameled pictures, deer scenes, trees and rivers, fishermen, golfers, and similar symbols are not appropriate or permitted. A U. S. flag no larger than 3” x 5” and not to overpower any religious symbol will be allowed on the stone. It is preferred that the flag symbol be placed on the upper or lower left hand side of the monument, as you face the monument.

     7. Only ONE urn will be allowed per lot and this must be placed in front of the monument and not next to the foot markers. However, in sections where there are 2 graves in front of the monument and 2 graves in back, an urn will be allowed in the front and back of the monument. Urns attached to monuments are discouraged because they are sometimes damaged or stolen.

     8. The annual planting of flowers is permitted in an 18” width adjacent to the base of the monument. However, if flowers are planted they must be enclosed with green, gray or black plastic or landscaping brick. An urn may also be placed where flowers have been planted but only one urn will be permitted. Planting of ivy, lily-of-the-valley or similar creeping vines will not be permitted. ALL FLOWERS WILL BE REMOVED WHEN THEY NO LONGER ENHANCE THE APPEARANCE OF THE CEMETERY.

     9. SHRUBS AND TREES MAY NOT BE PLANTED IN THE CEMETERY. ARTIFICIAL DECORATIONS OR FLOWERS, STATUES, GLASS FLOWER BRICKS, AND OTHER NOVELTY ITEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE CEMETERY. These items will be removed and placed near the storage shed where they may be reclaimed.

     10. Only simple white solar lights will be allowed. One light for each 2 grave lot.

     11. The large American flag flying near the Veteran’s Monument is to honor all veterans buried in the cemetery whose graves are marked or unmarked. Small American flags may be placed on the graves of veterans on the Saturday before Memorial Day and must be removed no later than July 10th. Flags placed by other organizations in memory of their deceased members must also conform to these dates.

     12. NOVEMBER FIRST OF EACH YEAR WILL BE THE DEADLINE DATE FOR REMOVAL OF ALL POTTED PLANTS AND URNS.

     13. No enclosure of any kind will be allowed around a lot.

     14. Due to insurance concerns all work in the care of lots must be done by cemetery employees or by others upon the approval of the pastor.

     15. Visitation Cemetery is not responsible for any loss or damage which occurs in the cemetery.

     16. Interments shall not be made during the winter months. Interments will stop in the fall and resume in the spring at a time when weather and ground conditions make it possible. Ordinarily this means December 1st to the last week in April. The vault will be used for all parishioners without cost.

     17. All persons are strictly prohibited from removing any plant, whether wild or cultivated, breaking or damaging any tree shrub, marring any monument or landmark, or in any way defacing the grounds of the cemetery.

     18. All persons are reminded that the grounds are sacredly devoted to the burial of the dead, and that the provisions and penalties of the law, as provided by the statutes will be strictly enforced in all cases of wanton injury, disturbance and disregard for the rules and regulations of Visitation Cemetery.