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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Catholic burial and funeral options at the Diocese of Stockton’s Catholic Cemeteries. If you have additional concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our family services counselors for information. We will do everything in our power to assist you and your loved ones during this difficult time.

  • Can we pre-plan our burial arrangements?

    Yes. In fact, we do encourage you to come in or call about pre-planning. This alleviates worry for your family members, who can rest assured knowing they are providing you with the type of service you desired.

  • Are pre-purchased burial spaces tax deductible?

    No. At our Catholic Cemeteries, a person does not purchase the land, only the right of burial.

  • Does the cemetery sell memorial products?

    Yes. All of our cemeteries sell high-quality headstones, vases, and urns.

  • Does the Catholic Church approve of cremation?

    Yes. Since 1963, the Catholic Church has allowed cremations, provided that the cremated remains are then buried in a grave, crypt, or niche. The scattering or burial of partial cremated remains is not permitted.

  • Can you make payments on a burial space?

    Yes. A payment arrangement can be scheduled on any type of burial space.

  • Do the cemeteries have scheduled flower removal dates?

    No. At Catholic Cemeteries, flowers are left on your loved ones burial sites as long as they are within our rules and regulations regarding decorations. Funeral flowers are removed after 3 days.

  • Is music allowed?

    No. Unfortunately, live or recorded music is not allowed at our funeral services.

  • Are funeral services available on Saturday and Sunday?

    No. Funeral services are only performed Monday through Friday.

  • What types of decorations are allowed on a gravesite?

      Two bouquets per grave.

      Potted plants (for a period of 10 days after Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, and Christmas)

  • What types of decorations are prohibited?

      Glass Jars
      Votive lights


P: (209) 466-6202
E: inquiries@sjcemeteries.com


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Stockton, CA 95201

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