Archdiocese to mark All Saints Day with grave blessings, Mass _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Msgr. Kenneth Hedrick center, conducts Mass in St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery, assisted by acolyte Ron Drez, left, and deacon Jim Bialas, in 2014.

All Saints’ Day will be marked at Archdiocese of New Orleans cemeteries Sunday with traditional ceremonies, including a Mass at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 and blessings of the graves at other sites.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate the Roman Catholic holiday beginning with a Mass at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 3368 Esplanade Ave.

He will go to St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 3421 Esplanade Ave., after the Mass to bless the graves there, said Sarah McDonald, an archdiocese spokeswoman.

Priests and deacons will bless graves at the following cemeteries:

St. Vincent, 1950 Soniat St., at 12:30 p.m.

St. Joseph, 2220 Washington Ave., at 1 p.m.

St. Patrick, 143 City Park Ave., at 2 p.m.

St. Louis No. 1, 425 Basin St., at 2 p.m.

St. Louis No. 2, 300 N. Claiborne Ave., at 2:15 p.m.

St. Roch, 1725 St. Roch Ave., at 3 p.m.

Because of vandalism in the archdiocese’s oldest burial ground, St. Louis No. 1, most visitors to that cemetery must be accompanied by a tour guide throughout the year. Those who own tombs in the cemetery or have family members buried there are issued a cemetery pass.

Louisiana visitors will be admitted free to St. Louis No. 1 on Sunday. Tourists from out of state are still expected to be accompanied by a tour guide, McDonald said.

For more information, visit nolacatholiccemeteries.org.