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Spring Flower Decoration Program

Dear Friends of St. John / St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery,

Once again we are pleased to be running our Spring Flower Decoration Program for the cemetery. With your participation in this program you will not only be able to beautify the graves of your loved ones, but also assist the cemetery in a very special way.

The Holy Innocents Center in East Chicago has been established by the Carmelite Sisters to provide emergency care for infants, toddlers and small children that have been abandoned or need emergency shelter due to parental problems such as; drug addition, little or no income, abuse, etc. We have decided to answer the call of God by assisting the sisters in their mission by donating the entire (profits) from the sales of these decorations to the shelter. Through your support of the Christmas Wreath Program, a donation was made toward the daily needs of the infants and children who are placed in the loving care of the Carmelite Sisters. We sincerely thank you for your continued support.

ANNUAL OUTDOOR MEMORIAL DAY MASS
(front lawn near the cemetery office)
Monday, May 28, 2018
10:30 AM

For additional information on our Spring Flower Program, upcoming programs or services, please call the cemetery office at (219) 844-9475. Our office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM and on Saturday from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM. A display of the spring floral arrangements can be seen at the cemetery office.

Yours in Him,
Rev. Roy T. Beeching, Director
Gary Diocesan Cemeteries


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Saint Joseph cemetery was established by Reverend Henry Plaster, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Hammond. The date is thought to be about August 11, 1881. St Joseph Cemetery was located at the corner of 165th street and Hohman ave. Mr. John Verhoven donated one acre of land to be used as a cemetery. In 1886 an additional three acres was added to the cemetery. 3
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St. Stanislaus Cemetery was developed by St. Stanislaus Church as a parish cemetery. The first burial was recorded in 1898. For many years there was no general maintenance provided. The ground became very unsightly and was referred to as a “sandbur patch.” 2

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Ss Peter and Paul Parish can trace their history back 173 years when the first Mass was celebrated in a log cabin in Turkey Creek (Merrillville) 1841. The settlement of German immigrants occasionally had a visiting priest to say Mass for them. 1
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MAIN OFFICE: ST. JOHN - ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CEMETERY
PHONE: (219) 844-9475 FAX: (219) 844-3770 EMAIL: MWELSH@GARYCATHCEMS.ORG

OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. SATURDAY: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.