Update For Families

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese maintains the four cemeteries in the St. John's area - Holy Sepulchre, Mount Carmel, Belvedere and Gates of Heaven at Galway. This update is intended to provide the public with information regarding burials in these four cemeteries along with the status of the opening of our new cemetery.

Plots Available for Burials

Currently at Holy Sepulchre we have less than 100 unassigned ground plots available for use. We anticipate that these plots will be filled within the next 10-12 months. We still have close to 200 plots left unassigned at Kilbride cemetery, which are available for burials. Aside from reserved plots, there are no other plots available for traditional burials in Mount Carmel or Belvedere cemeteries.

Cremations and Columbaria

In all the cemeteries, urns can be placed on top of casket burials thereby allowing families extended use of their plots. For more information on available space in plots for these purposes, families should contact the cemetery operations staff. We have columbaria established at Holy Sepulchre and Mount Carmel cemeteries. These can be extended and expanded indefinitely to meet the needs of families. Columbaria may also be added at Belvedere and Kilbride cemeteries as the needs dictate.

New Cemetery in Galway

The new cemetery, Gates of Heaven,  is a 10 acre site in the middle of the new Galway development. The site has been cleared, developed and graded and a plan has been designed for a staged development to meet burial plot requirements. Our plans include provisions for columbaria as well as ground plots. 

Reserved Plots

Over the years, families were allowed to reserve cemetery plots prior to their immediate needs. Several years ago we discontinued this practice. The reason being was that we had limited cemetery space and we wanted to ensure we had space available for families with an immediate need.

Of these reserved plots there are a number which have not been used to date and for which payment has not been received. We are asking families, who have plot[s] on reserve, to contact the Cemetery Operations Staff to confirm whether or not they still require a reserved plot. In this way we can verify any spaces that are no longer required for reserve and update our lists of plots available for current use.

Your support allows us to maintain our cemeteries to a level of care appropriate to the dignity and sanctity deserving of the final resting place of our loved ones. We thank all those for their past support of the cemeteries through annual collections and other donations.

Families seeking additional information on any of the above matters should contact the cemetery operations group at cemetery@rcsj.org  or call (709) 691 - 6620 or (709) 730 - 8752.

Contact Us

Cemetery Office 

Pastoral Center

200 Military Road

P.O. Box 1363

St. John’s, NL A1C 5H5

Tel: (709) 726-3660

Mr. Gordon Holden

Tel: (709) 730-8752

Email:  cemetery@rcsj.org​

Mr. David Stack

Tel: (709) 691-6620

Email: cemetery@rcsj.org​