Yes. It is owned by the Jesuit Priests of Santa Clara University.
People of different faiths can be buried in Santa Clara Mission Cemetery.
It is a natural choice for those who share in the same faith in life continue that sense of community in death. It is only natural that those who share the same faith in life will wish to carry on that sense of community in death. When it comes to the issue of death, the sensibilities and needs of Catholics are unique and call for certain practices in the handling and care of the remains of the deceased. Therefore, in the blessed grounds of a Catholic cemetery there are safeguards – mandated by the Church’s Canon Law – which guarantee permanence, reverence and respect for the remains of the deceased.
Yes. Thinking about buying a burial space may be uncomfortable but making arrangements ahead of time has its advantages, including potentially saving you money. It's a wise economic choice because you purchase at today's prices, free from future inflationary pressures and, also because of dwindling supply. You can make decisions about your cemetery arrangements and the kind of memorial you want with peace of mind knowing that you have relived your loved ones of the financial and emotional burden of making a decision at a time of mourning .
No. The purchase of a grave is a purchase of the right to use the land and designate who may be buried in that grave. That remains the property and responsibility of the cemetery.
No. Santa Clara Mission Cemetery is an endowment care cemetery. A one-time endowment care fee is charged when purchasing a grave, crypt or niche. The money is placed in a special trust fund for the purpose of maintaining, caring for or embellishing the cemetery to preserve it from becoming a place of reproach and desolation.
Yes. In May 1963, the Vatican’s Holy Office (now the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith) lifted the prohibition forbidding Catholics to choose cremation. This permission was incorporated into the revised Code of Canon Law of 1983 (Canon # 1176) stating that the Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying the bodies of the deceased be observed; nevertheless, the Church does not prohibit cremation unless it was chosen for reasons contrary to Christian doctrine.
When death occurs, after you provide the initial care of the body of the deceased, contact the parish first. After that, get a legal pronouncement of death, find out about existing funeral and burial plans, and make arrangements.
We are unable to provide copies of death certificates and/or personal information of the property owner's name, address and phone number. You may contact the county public health department to acquire this info.
Yes. Santa Clara Mission Cemetery will refund the amount you prepaid.
Yes. Pre-need grave, crypt or niche purchases and services may be financed. The cemetery offers a payment plan with a 15% down payment and a monthly payment for a period of up to 60 months. At the time of death, the burial arrangements must be paid in full no later than 48 hours before the service.