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Holy Cross Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery 1259 South Park St., Halifax

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Holy Cross Cemetery was established in 1843 and is located at the corner of South and South Park Streets and is the burial grounds for many Irish Catholic immigrants. Holy Cross is still a working cemetery with burials taking place every year. Holy Cross Cemetery and Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel – the Church built in a day – in August of 1843 is located is this beautiful pastoral setting. Since opening in 1843 over 25,000 souls have been buried at Holy Cross, many are of Irish descent and others have made significant contributions to life in Halifax as religious leaders, public figures and business men and merchants.

The grave sites of a number of archbishops, and senior clergy are located in “Bishops Row” close to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel. Archbishop William Walsh, who organized the building of the Chapel, was laid to rest near the Chapel.

Sir John Sparrow David Thompson, who served as the fourth Prime Minister of Canada from 1892 to 1894 is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery. Sir John Thompson was the first Roman Catholic to hold the office of Prime Minister, he was a founder of Dalhousie Law School and was the federal minister who introduced Canada’s Criminal Code.

Holy Cross is also the final resting place for many decorated Halifax war heroes who have fought bravely in military campaigns and world wars since the 1850’s.

Holy Cross provides a cremation garden for cremation burial.

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Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax Christmas Hours

Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax Christmas Hours

Please be reminded that The Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax requires 48 hours notice for burials in Gate of Heaven, Holy Cross and Mount Olivet. To that end, The Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax provides the following schedule for burials from December 23, 2017 to January 2, 2018:

Notice of Cemetery Burial Schedule

Notice of Cemetery Burial Schedule

Less daylight also creates a difficult and unsafe environment for staff to properly do the work they need to do around opening and closing a grave. To ensure the safety of all involved, when making the funeral plans families are asked to please plan to arrive at the cemetery no later than 3:00pm for traditional burials and 3:30pm for cremation burials.

Questions and concerns can be directed to Cathy Driscoll-Cainen in the Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax Office: (902) 429-9800 ext. 308

Our Cemeteries, Our History

Our Cemeteries, Our History

In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the office of the Catholic Cemeteries of Halifax published, Gone But Not Forgotten: Victims of the Halifax Explosion in Catholic Cemeteries. The book details the stories of Explosion victims buried Holy Cross Cemetery on South Park St. in downtown Halifax and Mount Olivet Cemetery on Mumford Rd. in west end Halifax.

Cemetery Mass: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Cemetery Mass: Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

The faithful are invited to gather for the annual Holy Cross Cemetery Mass on Friday, September 15 at 5:15pm on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Archbishop Anthony Mancini will celebrate this Mass in the Our Lady of Sorrows chapel, also known as the chapel built in a day. Access to this cemetery is through the main entrance on South Park St.

Please note: this mass will replace the 5:15pm mass at the Cathedral that day.

All are welcome!

Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Located in Lower Sackville opening in 1938, the cemetery is 31 rolling acres of land for traditional and cremation burials for our beloved departed.

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Holy Cross Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery

Located in Halifax opening in 1843, houses the chapel built in one day and is the resting place of many historical and Irish families.

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Mount Olivet Cemetery

Mount Olivet Cemetery

Located in Halifax opening in 1896. Those buried in the cemetery include people from the Titanic, the Halifax Explosion, and both the World Wars.

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Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth |1531 Grafton St. | Halifax, Nova Scotia | B3J 2B9 | P: (902) 429-9800 | F: (902) 423-5201
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