(NOTE: This webpage consists of three (3) documents relating to the policies of St. Peter's Parish, Port Hood in regards to the Parish Cemetery)


Our faith reminds us of the dignity and respect that must be accorded the body, even in death. One of the corporal works of mercy is to bury the dead. With this in mind, the Cemetery Committee of St. Peter’s Parish, Port Hood, at a meeting dated December 2, 2011, revised an earlier set of guidelines and approved them for the proper care and maintenance of the cemetery.

1. When a burial is to take place, contact is to be made as soon as possible with Hugh John Beaton (787-2322), to have a plot assigned and arrange for grave digging.

2. Normally, a burial plot consists of either one or two grave spaces.

3. Mr. Blaise Moran is the only person authorized by the Parish to dig graves in this cemetery.

4. For the maintenance of the cemetery, it would be much appreciated if gravel, fences, planted flowers, bushes or anything else NOT be placed around the headstones; such things make mowing more difficult. Solar lights are to be placed adjacent to and beside a tombstone.

5. All graves and plots will be maintained at the same height (in a straight line).

6. There must be 61 cm. (24 inches) left between each grave.

7. The placement of headstones and maintenance is the responsibility of the family.

8. Cremains are to be properly buried in the cemetery. Please contact the Parish Priest for the accompanying cemetery service.

9. While there is no charge for the cemetery plots for parishoners, donations to the Cemetery Fund are very much appreciated.

10. "Because of issues of frost,snow and wet soil, it is difficult to bury remains in the late fall, winter and early spring. A cut off date for machine-dug burials is set at October 31. (Between November 1 and November 30, and between April 1 and April 30, a grave may be dug by hand.) After the October 31 date, the remains will be placed in the nearest available vault until such time as the burial can take place. The Funeral Director will see to this. The cemetery will re-open for regular burials after April 30."

11. Cremains may be buried in the cemetery following the funeral liturgy at any time of the year, based on the discretion of the family.

12. The remains and cremains which have been stored in a vault for later burial shall be interred, if possible, at a common date which
will normally be the third Saturday in May.

13. It must be remembered that all cemetery property, including plots, legally belong to St. Peter’s Parish and the Diocese of Antigonish.

14. If an assigned plot location is not accepted then a $500. fee is charged for a new location.


"St. Peter's Parish Cemetery Committee recommends in its guidelines that a common burial date be the third Saturday in May (May 18th.,2019) for those persons whose remains or cremains have been kept in a crypt during the winter months. To select a grave plot and arrange to have the grave dug the family of the deceased can contact Hugh John Beaton (787-2322). The burial practice that has been established for the parish is to have the grave dug and remains interred on Thursday, May 16th., 2019 and Friday, May 17th., 2019. The Saturday mass will be celebrated at 10:30 AM and the parish priest will then go to the cemetery to say memorial prayers and bless each gravesite. Under special circumstances, if a family wishes to make alternate arrangements, contact Fr. Vincent van Zutphen."


The following recommendation of St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Committee was discussed and approved by the Pastoral Council of St. Peter’s Parish at the January 2012 meeting.

"It is the recommendation of St. Peter’s Parish Cemetery Committee that a fee of $500.00 be charged per plot for the burial of a person who is not a parishoner. Cremains buried within an existing plot will be charged $300.00 if the family intends to erect a tombstone. A parishoner is someone who is issued church envelopes. If these have not been used in three years the fee will be charged. Discretion is given to the parish priest in consultation with the Cemetery Committee on these issues."

St. Peter's Parish Cemetery Committee (2019) : Colleen MacLeod, Martha Gillis, Hugh John Beaton, Bernie Gillies, John Gillies & Rev. Vincent van Zutphen.

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