1.                All members of the National Catholic Church may be buried in the Holy Family Polish National Catholic Cemetery or Saints Cyril and Methodius National Catholic Cemetary.   (addresses)

 

2.                Any baptized Christian may be interned in either Holy Family Cemetery or Saints Cyrils Cemetery with the permission of the Pastor and Executive Officers of the congregation.  The Mass of Christian burial should be celebrated by the rite and ritual of the Polish National Catholic Church.

 

3.                All cemetery properties remain at all times in the possession of Holy Family Parish. Or in case of the demise of the Parish, the Buffalo/Pittsburgh Diocese of the Polish National Catholic Church.

 

4.                Anyone holding Burial Rite Plots” in said cemeteries forfeit “Burial Rite Plot” when he/she separates himself/herself from the Holy Family National Catholic Church or who has ceased to be a member of the aforementioned church for a period of three (3) years, forfeits said burial rites and the plot reverts back to the congregation.  Termination of church membership constitutes the person fall into the category of a “non-church member” and is subject to non-church member category rules.

 

5.                Although we are private parish cemeteries, there are occasions when an individual may desire to be buried in the family plot.  The individual must have family permission and ties to the parish; pay a lump sum donation to the Cemetery Fund of $1,000.00, plus an additional $200.00 for maintenance before burial.  This does not include the fees for the opening and closing of the grave.

 

6.                Each Burial Rite Plot is permitted to have up to 3 persons buried on said plot.  Three (3) cremations, or one (1) body and up to two (2) cremations is permissible.   Opening and closing of a grave for a cremation burial of an urn is $350.00. 

 

7.                The price of the “Right of Burial Grave” shall be a non-refundable $300.00.  A yearly donation to the Cemetery Fund used for maintenance and up keep is requested.

 

8.                The Grave Burial Right lot will be reserved as a single unit of one (1) 4 X 10 plot.  No plots can be resold to a third party.  All transactions must be completed through the Parish Office and Parish Executive Board.

 

9.                A “Certificate of Plot Reservation” (Indenture) will be given to the purchaser upon payment of the plot reserved for burial.  If the purchaser desires not to be buried on the cemetary property, they must return the Indenture and forfeit the burial plot, which will automatically be available for resale by the parish.  The purchaser only reserves the privilege to be buried on cemetary grounds.

 

10.            No grave shall be opened by any other than the proper person employed for that purpose by the Pastor and Executive Officers of the congregation.

 

11.            All grading, landscaping work, and improvements of any kind; shall be made only by the Holy Family congregation.

 

12.            The proprietors of interment rights in said cemeteries have the right to erect stone monuments, but there shall not be erected on any part of the cemetery a sepulcher or mausoleum for the use or interment of its owner or heirs of the owner.  Flat markers or engraving on pre-existing tombstones are permissible to designate an urn burial.  Wooden crosses or wooden fences of any kind cannot be erected in any part of the cemetery.  A wall, curb, fence, hedge or other enclosure shall not surround plots.  Concrete vaults shall be the only type permitted for burials in said cemetery.

 

13.            The Pastor and Executive Officers of the congregation shall take care that the inscriptions on the tombstones, eulogies and adornments of the tombstones, shall be in keeping with the National Catholic Faith and piety, and that the party or parties notify the Pastor and Executive Officers of their intention to purchase a tombstone and substance of what is to be placed upon the face of the tombstone.

 

14.            No person shall be interred in said cemetery without the permission from the Pastor and Executive Officers of the congregation.  Permission shall be granted or refused only upon a consideration of these Rules and Regulations.  No grave shall be opened by any other than the proper person employed for that purpose by the Pastor and Executive Officers of the congregation.

 

15.            No body that has been laid to final rest by ecclesiastical burial can be exhumed without the permission and consent of the Pastor and Executive Officers of the congregation.  Also, no body can be disinterred for the purpose of removal from the cemetery to another cemetery of an alien denomination without the permission and consent of the Pastor and Executive Officers of the congregation.

 

16.            No permission will be granted for the exhumation and transfer to another cemetery if the corpse cannot, with certainty, be distinguished from the other bodies.

 

17.            The congregation reserves the right to set regulations governing type, use and removal of floral decorations or ornamentation and is not responsible for loss of said objects on graves.

 

18.            The congregation will decide and place roadways or walkways to best develop and utilize the burial ground.

 

19.            The congregation may set rules governing conduct of persons within cemetery grounds.

 

20.            Rules and Regulations may be amended during congregational meetings as defined by the Constitution of the Polish National Catholic Church.