Our Lady of Fatima Parish


  2. Regulations
  3. a) Under all circumstances, the Administration reserves the right at all times to approve and prescribe the kind, size, design, craftsmanship, quality and materials of stone work to be placed in the Cemetery.


  1. b) Monument dealers shall abide by the rules and regulations of the Cemetery.


  1. c) Administration has the authority to reject any plan or design for a monument /marker which on account of size, design inscription, kind of quality of stone or other reason is adjudged to be undesirable in the Cemetery or unsuited to the lot for which it is proposed.


  1. d) To avoid expensive mistakes, the Administration must be consulted sufficiently in advance of any contemplated work. Delays in installation occasioned by the failure to obtain prior approval shall not be the responsibility of the Cemetery.


  1. e) No monument/marker construction shall be started until a sketch showing the design and dimensions in scale, including inscription and/or ornamentation, exactly as it is to appear on the finished work, has been submitted to and approved by the Administration.


  1. f) No monument/marker shall be placed in or removed from the Cemetery unless a written order of the holder is presented at the Cemetery Office and permission is issued by the Administration.


  1. Quality
  2. a) All monuments and markers must be of high quality granite, free of stains or imperfections.


  1. b) All stonework which, in the opinion of the Cemetery Administration, shows inferior workmanship, evidence of doctoring, improper alignment, or other defects of material, construction or design, will not be permitted to be placed or to remain in the Cemetery.


  1. c) If a monument/marker or ornamentation becomes broken, dilapidated or unsightly, it may be removed by the Administration.


  1. Restrictions
  2. a) A monument is allowed on a lot of four graves or more, except in sections especially arranged for smaller lots, in which event, Administration shall determine the maximum number of monuments allowable.


  1. b) Monuments may be erected only when the total cost of the associated graves has been paid in full.


  1. Design
  2. a) A monument is to be designed with reference to the size of the lot on which it is to be placed, consideration being given to the number, size and character of other monuments standing near it. The design is subject to the approval of the Administration as provided in Section C.1. of these rules.


  1. b) All monuments and markers shall be Christian in design and character as determined by the Administration.


  1. c) All monuments shall be set so that the main inscription shall face the front of the lot.


  1. d) The family name inscribed on the monument shall be placed on the front only, except in double row lots where graves in front of and to the rear of the monument form one lot.


  1. e) Where two branches of a family, or friends, have lots of the same size, adjoining back to back, one monument may be erected between such lots with the proper name of inscription facing each lot.


  1. f) The location of a monument on any lot shall be determined by the Administration.


  1. g) Personal mausoleums can only be erected in an area designated by the cemetery Administration.


  1. h) Any monument consisting of more than two (2) tiers, must be pinned.


  1. Size
  2. a) The size and shape of the monument shall be subject to the approval of the Administration.


  1. b) The maximum face area of the monument, (height x width including base) shall not exceed fifteen percent ( 15%) of the area of the lot surface.


  1. c) The width of the monument shall not exceed one-half (50%) of the width of the lot.


  1. d) The height of the monument shall not exceed forty percent (40%) of the depth (distance front to rear) of the lot. A sculptured cross design may extent sixty percent (60%).


  1. e) The base of the monument shall not encroach upon the space allowed for interments.


  1. Foundations
  2. a) A foundation of concrete is required for every monument to be placed in the cemetery.


  1. b) All foundations shall be constructed by the cemetery at the expense of the lot holder.


  1. c) Foundations will not be constructed during freezing weather, and in no event, during the thirty days prior to Memorial Day.
  2. d) Foundations must be paid for when the monument design is approved by the Administration.


  1. e) No heavy stonework shall be set until approved by the Administration.


  1. f) The use of spalls between the base stone and the foundation, or the removal of any part of the foundation to accommodate irregularities or other defective workmanship in the base stone is not permitted.


  1. Contractors and Workers
  2. a) All construction work and workers within the Cemetery shall be subject to the authority of the Administration


  1. b) Monument dealers, contractors and burial vault companies shall be responsible for the conduct of their employees and for any damage done by them within the Cemetery.


  1. c) All contract workers must enter and leave the Cemetery within the working hours of Cemetery employees or such other hours as established by the Administration.


  1. d) In order to protect the lawns from damage, planks must be laid whenever heavy materials are to be moved.


  1. e) Persons engaged in erecting vaults, monuments or other structures are prohibited or other structures are prohibited from attaching ropes to trees, stones or other objects without permission from the Administration.


  1. f) All work of a noisy or distracting nature, as determined by the Administration, shall be suspended while committal services are being conducted in the immediate vicinity.


  1. Grave Markers
  2. a) The term “marker” shall signify a flat stone, the top surface of which shall lie on even grade or flush with the level ground. Slants, pillows or beveled markers can only be used in designated cemetery sections.  Markers may be placed only after all related costs have been paid in full.  Symbols used on grave markers and monuments, shall be Christian in character.


  1. b) A flat marker may be used to identify any grave in the Cemetery.


  1. c) No more than one marker will be allowed on any grave.


  1. d) All grave markers must be of high quality granite or bronze, as specified, depending upon the section of the Cemetery where the grave is situated.


  1. e) All lettering, inscriptions, or ornamentation shall be cut into the stone.


  1. f) All markers will be set by the Cemetery at a fixed charge.


  1. g) Markers on single graves shall not exceed 24 inches by 12 inches.


  1. h) Double markers, on double graves, shall not exceed 36 inches by 12 inches.


  1. i) Applications for government markers must be signed by the Administration, at which time the installation charge is payable to the Cemetery.


  1. j) Polished flat markers are prohibited in the cemetery.