St. Mary Cemetery is rich with California chronicles and tradition. Historic in character, in 1863 St. Mary Cemetery was the first cemetery established in the community of Oakland. Located in what was then the outskirts of the city, and meeting the needs of only one parish, the parishes and the cemetery grew simultaneously.
St. Mary Cemetery is now a gorgeous lush forty-two acre property. There are more than 40 sections devoted to ground burial, several community mausoleums, and facilities for both ground and above-ground inurnment of cremated remains; there are also numerous private family mausoleums on the property. The most recent development, Saint Joseph Section, provides commanding views of the Oakland and the San Francisco skyline. This section has a substantial space for full ground burial; facilities for ground and aboveground inurnment of cremated remains are also provided.
Services and Features
Over the course of the cemetery’s nearly 145 years of service, more than 70,000 committal services have taken place. St. Mary Cemetery currently supports the Catholic burial needs of 25 parishes of Oakland, Alameda, and Berkeley, providing options for traditional ground burial, cremation niche, mausoleum crypts, and family estates. In addition, St. Mary Cemetery provides funeral and cremation services to the community, becoming a complete resource for your cemetery and funeral needs. Whether you are interested in advanced planning or in need of immediate assistance, our Family Service Counselors and Funeral staff are available to offer support and guidance to our families.
St. Mary Cemetery also offers various programs and events for our faith community. When you purchase cemetery property at St. Mary you are contributing to the Legacy of Faith program, and may be eligible for a tax deduction based on the value of the property you select. Special events are hosted on Mother’s Day, All Soul’s Day, and other days throughout the year to join together as a community and celebrate the lives that have gone before us.
Memorial Mass is held on the first Saturday of each month.