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Cemetery Committee

The Parish of Formosa is blessed to be able to provide and manage it’s own cemeteries. The parish has three active cemeteries in Formosa, Riversdale, and Teeswater. It also maintains the cemetery for St. Patrick’s in Holyrood.

Here is a link to the Diocese of Hamilton “Catholic Estate Planning Guide”

A death has occurred what do I do?

The Parish is here for you in your grief and will work together with any funeral home you choose to use for your loved one. The funeral home will usually coordinate with the Parish to fulfill your requests and schedule a funeral Mass at the church. Please see the list of funeral homes below.

Here are a links to the Diocese of Hamilton Support Information on Grief. As well as a Grief after a Miscarriage Guide.

Here is a link to Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Hamilton “Planning a Catholic Funeral” guide.

Guidelines for flowers

To help keep the cemetery maintained and beautiful it is requested that…..

Pricing

Immaculate Conception Church, Formosa

MonumentNon-ParishionersParishioners
Flats$1,200$600
Uprights$1,500$750
Sacred Heart Church, Teeswater
MonumentNon-ParishionersParishioners
Flats$1,200$600
Uprights$1,500$750
St. Anne’s, Riversdale
MonumentNon-ParishionersParishioners
Flats$1,200$600
Uprights$1,500$750

History

Immaculate Conception Church, Formosa

This monumental Gothic church, erected on a commanding site overlooking Formosa, was built to serve a thriving German Catholic parish. Begun in 1875, it was constructed around and over an earlier log building. Work proceeded intermittently with volunteer labour until 1883 when the old church was finally dismantled and the new structure completed.

Designed by the prominent Ontario architect, Joseph Connolly and built of locally quarried stone, the church is distinguished by its simple form, boldly-modelled tower and fine spire. Intricate Gothic style altars carved by Nicholas Dürrer, a local craftsman and parishoner, grace the superb interiour. Restored and renovated in 1974-75, the Church of the Immaculate Conception remains the focal point of the village and a religous centre for the surrounding area.

St. Anne’s Cemetery, Riversdale

In 1861, a parish cemetery was established in Riversdale where the present St. Anne’s Church stands. In 1866, the cemetery, with all the graves was relocated to its current site, the southern portion of Part Lots 27 and 28, Concession 1 SDR. In 1997, the old tombstones received much needed repair. Proper foundations were poured under many of the monuments; they were straightened, aligned, and supported. A chain link fence, donations by others and by the descendants of William Cassidy and Bridget Doyle, was erected on the east and south sides of the cemetery. St. Ann’s Cemetery is well kept and looked after by the board.