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.

Weekend schedule of Masses in the parish:

4:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid

(If you are unable to attend in person due to health reasons, please see this list of ways to participate in Sunday Mass online.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.

Private Prayer:

• St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken is open at all times.
• St. James the Apostle Church in Trumansburg is open most days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

© 2022 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.
Diocese of Rochester

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