Cemetery Regulations

St Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery Information & Regulations



The Catholic cemetery is a familiar place in which we visit the graves of our deceased loved ones to pray for their eternal rest and find in their burial places a sign of faith and hope. 

Like a church, it is a religious place and should be considered a sacred spot reflected in respectful care of grounds accordance to the Diocese of La Crosse and civil Law.

  • All the interments and removals are subject to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, the rules and regulations of the Diocese of La Crosse, The State of Wisconsin, plus the rules and regulations of this cemetery.

  • No workmen other than employees other than those contracted by the cemetery association will be permitted to work in the cemetery without prior approval of the pastor and the association.

  • Grave holders purchase the BURIAL RIGHTS in said grave. Title of land remains vested in the name of the cemetery.

  • Regular burials must be in a vault; construction may be of metal or concrete.

  • With regard to all transfers, even if made among members of the same family, the sexton or secretary must be notified of that transfer so that all records are up to day.

  • Care of lots in no way includes care of monuments or markers.

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  • Monuments or markers may not be installed on a grave until the grave purchase price is paid in full

  • All memorials shall be of the following material: granite, marble or bronze

  • All monuments shall be erected on a concrete foundation provided by the monument company at the expense of the grave hold.

  • All monument work, including placement and removal of memorials and inscriptions is the expense of the holder.

  • All flowers/decorations must be affixed to or on the monument of foundation. No decorations in ground.

  • Flags, artificial flowers, etc. may be mounted on the monument foundations and bases from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

  • Emblems for organizations are to be installed at the time the markers footings are poured. Veteran emblems of the type that is level with the ground only may be centered immediately in front of the monument or grave marker.

  • Other decorative objects not specified above are not permitted in as much as they are apt to conflict with the beauty and appearance established for the cemetery. Objects in violation of these regulations shall be removed at once and without notice.


Due to maintenance challenges and appearance

  • Fences, hedges, edging, curbing and other enclosures around or within graves are not permitted. They create a cluttered appearance and add to the cost of maintenance and labor.

  • Planting of trees, shrubs, or plants (annuals or perennials) are not permitted.

  • Cement, iron, wood, glass, plastic, and similar objects of a temporary nature including solar lights are prohibited because of their unsuitable appearance and susceptibility to damage. Objects in violation of the prohibitions shall be removed without notice or liability on the part of the cemetery association. 

  • All cans, bottles, beverages, glass, sharp objects, etc. of any kind are not allowed.

  • No Pets Allowed

If you have any questions or comments/issues regarding a grave, finishing, acquiring a lot or on the regulations please call the St. James & St. Mary's office at 715-824-3455. 

If no answer, leave a message and someone will call you back as soon as possible.