RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING MEMORIALS (ALSO KNOWN AS “HEADSTONES”) AT THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE CATHOLIC CEMETERIES (EXCEPT CATHEDRAL MEMORIAL GARDENS)
The following RULES AND REGULATIONS are issued for the information and guidance of families, memorial dealers and their agents. Final restrictions, specifications and approval shall be at the discretion of cemetery management.
PERMITS AND CHARGES
- Installation of all memorials is subject to the approval of Management and a permit must be obtained from the Cemetery Office. Permits shall be issued between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. during regularly scheduled work days. No holiday delivery is available.
- Memorial Installation charges shall be at the price prevailing at the time of installation. Prices are subject to change without notice.
- The location, position and manner in which a memorial is to be installed on a grave, crypt, or niche shall be determined by the Rules and Regulations in effect at that time and entirely subject to the approval and under the supervision of management.
- All memorials shall be delivered to the cemetery service yard no later than 3 PM on weekdays, excluding holidays, accompanied by the permit issued by the Cemetery Office after inspection and acceptance by the Office personnel.
- The dealer or any person leaving a memorial in the Cemetery property without a proper permit or inspection does so at his/her own risk and Management assumes no responsibility for the installation or safety of the memorial.
DESIGN AND EMBLEMS
- Copyrighted or trademarked images cannot appear without proper copyright permission.
- All religious motifs shall be executed in reverent good taste. Management has the right to reject any memorial which does not comply with the Rules and Regulations or which is not consonant with Catholic doctrine.
- A religious cross of at least 1.5 inches in length and properly proportioned must be incorporated within the design of every memorial. No inscription, design, or emblem which offends against religious proprieties, traditional usage, Church discipline or good taste shall be permitted.
- Management reserves the right to restrict size, style, color, font, and adornment.
- For added inscription or emblems, the memorial dealer shall submit the exact form of said inscription for approval by Management.
- Any dealer wanting to clean or cut an inscription must first present formal written authorization from the account holder of record and obtain a permit from the Cemetery Office.
- Memorials acceptable must be of either Granite or Bronze material and either shall be permitted in the size and type described in these Rules and Regulations
- No memorial shall be allowed on any grave, crypt, or niche until all charges have been paid in full.
- Only one flush type memorial will be permitted on each grave.
- Upright Monuments are only permitted on graves so designated.
- Memorial sizes are restricted to:
- 10×20 or 12×24*: Standard Cremation Grave
- 10×20 or 12×24* : Standard Child Grave
- 16×28: Standard Adult Grave
- 18×36: Standard Side-by-Side Grave
- 20×28: Lawn Crypt with two vases installed in cored vase holes
- 20×40: Lawn Crypt Side x Side **
- All granite must be not less than three inches thick and trimmed to within 1/2 inch of the outside dimensions. The memorials shall have sawed backs and sawed vertical margins of not less than one inch. Perimeter surface edges are to carry a bevel of not less that 1/8 inch or no more than 1/4 inch.
- Bronze memorials must be backed and secured to a 3 inch slab of concrete or granite. Granite border can be 2” larger in diameter than memorial
- No cement borders permitted.
*Contact cemetery office for specific size permitted on any specific cremation or child grave
- Soliciting memorial sales by outside dealers within the cemetery is not permitted.
- Individuals or organizations performing work within the cemetery property must first meet diocesan insurance and liability requirements and be approved by management. Requirement details are available at the office.
- Rules enumerated herein pertain to memorialization and are part of the broader Rules and Regulations, a copy of which is available by request at the office.
- Management reserves the right to refuse admission to the cemetery and to refuse the use of any equipment and facilities to any person as the rules, judgment and tradition may dictate.