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Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago to Host Outdoor Rosary and Prayer Services at 17 Cemetery Locations on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in Observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day

St. Adalbert Cemetery in Niles will commemorate its 150th anniversary on All Souls’ Day, Wednesday, Nov. 2 with an open house, tours and Mass

Chicago - (Oct. 27, 2022) – Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago will host Cemetery Sunday outdoor rosary and prayer services at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 in observance of All Saints’ Day, which is Nov. 1, and All Souls’ Day, which is Nov. 2. The services will be held at 17 cemetery locations.

Guests are welcome to bring their own chairs as seating will not be provided for the 30-minute services. Upon arrival, visitors will follow signs directing them to the location of the prayer service. There will be additional cemetery personnel available to answer questions and to assist visitors find grave locations.

Each cemetery will have a digital booklet sharing the names of those who were buried in the cemeteries from Oct.15, 2021 through Oct. 15, 2022. Families can also sign a digital memorial remembrance book to include their deceased loved one’s name and a special message so they can be remembered in daily prayers throughout the coming year.

Additionally, St. Adalbert Cemetery, 6800 N. Milwaukee Ave., in Niles, will commemorate its 150th anniversary on All Souls’ Day starting at 12:30 p.m. with an open house, cemetery tours and light refreshments prior to a 2 p.m. Mass.

“Our rosary and prayer services observing All Souls’ Day are an opportunity for many of us to remember and commemorate our loved ones not only in prayer but in sharing stories and memories of them,” said Rev. Larry Sullivan, priest director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

In 1978, the National Catholic Cemetery Conference proposed that Cemetery Sunday be observed on the first Sunday in November as Cemetery Sunday as a day set aside to pray for the deceased and to visit the graves of loved ones.

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About Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Catholic Cemeteries manages 47 cemeteries within Cook and Lake counties for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The history of Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Chicago actually predates establishment of the diocese. The first Catholic cemeteries were churchyard cemeteries of parishes in existence before the diocese was formed. Some of these cemeteries, which are still operating today, were Catholic burial grounds twenty-five years before the opening of Calvary Cemetery, the oldest diocesan cemetery, in 1859. More information about the Cremation Garden of Saint Francis as well as Catholic Cemeteries is available at