Annunciation Church Cemetery

Rules & Regulations

ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CATHOLIC CEMETERY

McSHERRYSTOWN, PA

Rules and Regulations

 

A Catholic Cemetery is a sacred place. This cemetery is owned by Annunciation Church under the auspices of the Diocese of Harrisburg and must be maintained in honor and dignity. To preserve the integrity of the Cemetery, to protect the sacredness of its grounds as well as the obligation to care for these grounds and those buried therein, to promote order and safety, to reduce the burden of maintenance and to keep our Cemetery beautiful. We respectfully request your cooperation in following these Rules and Regulations, which apply for the mutual protection and benefit of all lot holders.

 

Decoration Regulations

The Following are Prohibited:

 

  • Fencing, coping, hedges, curbing, borders, or any such enclosures of a lot.
  • Planting of trees, shrubs, flowers, and plants.
  • Permanent or perennial landscaping of any kind to include mulching.
  • For safety and aesthetic reasons the use of glass, boxes, shells, toys, metal designs, ornaments, vases, vigil lights, glow in the dark items, jars and containers, wood or metal cases and candles.
  • Statues
  • Wire containers or wire stakes during the mowing season mid-March until mid November.
  • Wiring articles to the monument or marker.
  • Any decoration or item deemed by the management of the cemetery to be in violation of its regulations will be removed or discarded without notice to the owner.

 

The Following are Permitted:

 

  • A limit of one flower arrangement or artificial decoration placed in the center of the flat marker, in holders attached to the monument and  marker or fit on the monument base.
  • One flower saddle per monument is allowed along with flowers in attached vases.   
  • A casket garland is permitted for two weeks after internment.
  • Wreaths secured on tripods and sprays from mid-November until mid-March.
  • Flowers on Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran's Day may be placed one week prior to and must be removed (7) days after each special day above.
  • Flags on the graves of Veterans will be in place from Memorial Day weekend through Veteran's Day, November 11th. The size of the flag shall not exceed 8" by 10" and must be on plastic or treated wood sticks not to exceed 25" in height.
  • The Cemetery will be cleared of all winter decorations on or after March 16th annually. All summer decorations and flags will be removed by November 15th.  A notice will be placed in the parish bulletin and website.

 

Visitation Regulations

 

  • The Cemetery is closed from Dusk to Dawn. Violators will be prosecuted.
  • Animals, bicycles, skateboards, or motorcycles are not permitted.
  • The right to use automobiles or other vehicles is authorized solely for transporting persons to visit burial plots. Parking or driving on any grassy area is not permitted.
  • Visitors are prohibited from disturbing plant life, artificial decorations or damaging any monument or structure in the Cemetery.

 

Burial Rights

                     

                    Purchasing Burial Rights in the Cemetery does not constitute a land or       

                    real estate purchase. Annunciation Church Cemetery retains

                    possession of the land. The purchase of the right for burial on a

                    specific location is explained in the Easement issued at the time of

                    purchase.  The owner bears the responsibility of maintaining and

                    repair of the monument/marker.

                   Compliance with the rules and regulations of the Cemetery will be

                   monitored regularly by the Cemetery Management.

                   These Rules and Regulations supersede any previously published

                   procedures.

                  Please direct any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the

                  Annunciation Church Office at 717-637- 1191

 

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