2015 Cemetery Holiday Schedule

Vaults In Old St. Louis Cemetery, postcard

Save Our Cemeteries:

Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed November 26th through 29th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. No tours will be conducted on Thanksgiving day, November 26, 2015.

There will be no 1 pm tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th, due to early closure of the cemetery.

Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed December 24th through 27th in observance of the Christmas holiday. No tours will be conducted on Christmas day, December 25, 2015.

Save Our Cemeteries offices will be closed December 31st through January 3, 2016 in observance of the New Years holiday. No tours will be conducted on New Years Day, January 1, 2016.

New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries:

St. Louis Cemetery #1 will be closed Thanksgiving day (November 26th) and Christmas day (December 25th). All other New Orleans Catholic cemeteries will be open.

St. Louis Cemetery #1 will close at 1:00 pm on Christmas Eve (December 24th).

A special “In Memory” Christmas tree will be in St. Patrick Cemetery #3 during December. The Christmas tree will be located near the St. Patrick statue by the front gate on City Park Avenue. Everyone is welcomed to place a special ornament on the tree in Memory of a loved one (weather proof ornaments). Ornaments will be available in the St. Patrick Cemetery office – 143 City Park Avenue.

For more information:

New Orleans City Cemeteries:

All New Orleans city cemeteries will be closed Thanksgiving day (November 26th) and Christmas day (December 25th).

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SOC Final Lecture Of 2015 Series On November 10, 2015

Join us for Save Our Cemeteries’ final lecture of our 2015 series, “Taken to the Grave: Lesser Known Tombs in the St. Louis Cemeteries” a lecture by Sally Asher, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, by Sally Asher Sally Asher is a skilled researcher and gifted fine-arts photographer. Her work has appeared in many local, national, and international media outlets, including, but not limited to Newsweek, U.S. World News, and New Orleans Magazine. She has been the public relations photographer for Tulane University since 2008.

Ms. Asher is blessed with a natural talent for writing which has been honed to perfection through her studies at Loyola and Tulane Universities. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University with a degree in English and received the Department of English award of Excellence in Writing. In 2011, she graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a Masters in English. She is the author of numerous publications, including her recent book, “Hope and New Orleans: a History of Crescent City Street Names”, published in 2014.

Ms. Asher will also have a book signing for her just released book, “Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans” immediately following her lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Information:
Cost: FREE
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Beginning at 6:30pm
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home (MAP)
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

PRESS RELEASE: Save Our Cemeteries Announces Final Lecture Of 2015 Series (November 4, 2015 – PDF)

“Tombs by Twilight” Tour Featured In Clarion Herald

Save Our Cemeteries “Tombs by Twilight” tour is featured in an October 29, 2015 article by the Clarion Herald, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese Of New Orleans.

“’Tombs by Twilight’ is held the fourth Saturday of the month with the next tours set for Nov. 28 and Dec. 26 at 4 p.m. Advance reservation through Save Our Cemeteries is required. The tour is open to those 21 and older and includes a 75- to 90-minute tour, a tour pamphlet, hors d’oeuvres and a drink at the nearby Chateau LeMoyne Hotel’s Richard Fiske Martini Bar. The tour begins and ends at the hotel, where guides meet those with reservations. The Archdiocese of New Orleans receives no compensation from this tour.

“We tried to make it more elegant,” Walker said about the tour with an after party held at the hotel. “It’s been great. Some people hang out and talk for an hour after the tour.”

Walker, whose Save Our Cemeteries office overlooks the cemetery, said St. Louis No. 1 “is beautiful at night. And, with their dusk tour the only one in the cemetery, those who take it “feel more special. People are calling to see if there are cancellations.”

You can read the whole article here.

SOC’s Tony Paone To Be Interviewed on WGSO 990AM

SOC Tour-guide Antonino (Tony) Paone

Be sure to tune in and listen to WGSO 990 AM (New Orleans) this Saturday morning, October 31st at 9 am as radio host Paul Baricos interviews Save Our Cemeteries’ tour-guide Antonino (Tony) Paone on his show “All Things Local”.

The “All Things Local” radio show is aired on WGSO, 990 AM, every Saturday from 8 to 10am.

“All Things Local” is hosted and produced by Kevin Fitzwilliam, science teacher and co-founder of Hollygrove Market & Farm. The show focuses on the local economy, our natural resources, green/sustainable living and urban design, and the unique culture of New Orleans and Southeast Louisiana.

For more info: www.allthingslocalnola.info

UPDATE: In case you missed it, here’s the Podcast.

All Saints Day Archdiocese Schedule 2015

Decorating the Tombs from Harper’s Weekly, 1885“Decorating the Tombs” from Harper’s Weekly, 1885 (public domain)


Archdiocese of New Orleans All Saints Day Mass and Blessings of the Graves – November 1, 2015.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans will be performing a special Mass and Blessings of the Graves in honor of the holiday.

All Saints Day Mass with Archbishop Gregory Aymond: 9 am at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church 3368 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, followed by the blessing of graves at St. Louis Cemetery #3.

Blessing of the Graves
St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Ave. – immediately following 9 am Mass
St. Vincent Cemeteries, 1950 Soniat St., New Orleans at 12:30 pm
St. Joseph Cemeteries, 2220 Washington Ave., New Orleans at 1:00 pm
St. Patrick Cemeteries, 143 City Park Ave., New Orleans at 2 pm
St. Louis 1, 425 Basin St., New Orleans at 2 pm
St. Louis No 2, 300 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans at 2:15 pm
St. Roch Cemetery, 1725 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans at 3 pm

All cemeteries will be open free of charge to residents of Louisiana on All Saints Day.

For more information about New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries, visit http://nolacatholiccemeteries.org.