Holy Cross Cemetery, Ovid

St. James Cemetery, Trumansburg

The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, as a religious corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York, owns and operates both St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross cemeteries in accordance with the laws of the State of New York and the rules and discipline of the Diocese of Rochester.

Cemetery Rates:

$650 – to purchase the right to burial in a grave with perpetual care in the traditional part of the cemetery (the cemetery retains title to land and property)

$650 – opening and closing a traditional grave with vault

$400 – placing cremains in an already purchased plot.

General guidelines:

  • Cremains do not need to be placed in a vault.
  • One person’s cremains may share a burial plot with a family member.
  • Stone markers need to match the size and orientation of the rest of the cemetery and may only use images associated with the Roman Catholic faith. Stone markers need permission of cemetery staff before being placed in cemetery.
  • No trees may be planted by individual graves. Plants and other objects placed on or near a grave need the permission of the cemetery staff. The staff reserves the right to remove items that hinder proper maintenance. Glass items are especially dangerous and prohibited.
  • Mulch, ground covers, fencing, or edging is not allowed around any gravestones or graves.
  • When a person purchases a plot, the cemetery retains title to the land and property. The purchaser acquires the right of burial.

Green Burial Section (presently only available at St. James the Apostle Cemetery):

$950 – to purchase a plot in the green section of the cemetery

Guidelines for the Green Burial Section:

In general, natural or “green” burial sites attempt to minimize the use of fossil fuels and chemicals and to retain the natural flora, fauna, and appearance of the site.

  • When a person purchases a plot, the cemetery retains title to the land and property. The purchaser acquires the right of burial.
  • Cremains may not be placed in the green section.
  • A green burial cannot be mixed with a traditional burial.
  • Opening and closing of a grave should be done by hand, when possible.
  • Families may opt to dig the grave for their deceased family member.
  • Markers must be natural or unpolished stone.
  • Artificial plants and containers are not allowed, nor is mulch or any kind of ground covering.

If you are interested in being buried in either St. James the Apostle Cemetery or Holy Cross Cemetery, or are interested in more information about either cemetery, please contact Father Bernard (607-387-6781) or the manager of the cemeteries, Alan Gelatt (607-220-9578).

Mass Times:

Daily Mass is available, Monday through Friday, at 8:30 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, N.Y.

Below is the weekend schedule of Masses in the parish (for those who are not vaccinated or would prefer to practice social distancing, each church will have a designated section where face masks are required):

4:00 p.m. at St. James (limited assembly)
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis (limited assembly )

9:00 a.m. at St. James (limited assembly)
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross (limited assembly)

Sunday and holy day Masses will continue to be videotaped in our parish churches and are made available via this web site. If you cannot attend in person, you are encouraged to participate in Sunday Mass by viewing it on TV or via the Internet.

All regularly scheduled parish social and educational events are suspended until further notice.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest (social distancing will be respected).

© 2021 The Parish of Mary Mother of Mercy
3660 Orchard St., P.O. Box 403, Interlaken, NY 14847

St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
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