Celebrating All Saints Day in the city

Instead of the usually somber, spooky look, the cemeteries are full of life on All Saints Day.

by Mary Staes
October 30, 2018

In New Orleans, All Saints Day is a big deal. November 1, or the day after Halloween, is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. Many families in the city get together to attend mass and tend to the graves of their loved ones who have died. Instead of the usually somber, spooky look, the cemeteries are full of life, with lots of color from new flowers being put at grave sites, and family coming and going throughout the day.

Here is how and where to celebrate All Saints Day in New Orleans:

ST. LOUIS CEMETERIES
The New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries is honored to have Archbishop Aymond celebrate the All Saints Day Mass at St. Louis Cemetery #3. Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. All are welcomed to attend.
Blessing of the graves and light refreshments to follow.

Blessing of the graves in St. Louis Cemetery #1 and St. Louis Cemetery #2 will be at 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. respectively.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Getting there
425 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun 8am–4pm
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Saint Louis Cemetery No. 2
Getting there
300 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
Getting there
3421 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon-Sat 8am–4:30pm
Sun 8am–4pm
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St. Louis Cathedral
Getting there
615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30am–4pm
Sat 5–6pm
Sun 9am–12pm
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ST. PATRICK CEMETERIES
Blessing of the graves will begin at 1 p.m.

St. Patrick Cemetery No. 1
Getting there
5000 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon-Sat 8:30am–4:15pm
Sun 8:30am–4pm
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St. Patrick Cemetery Number 2
Getting there
5001 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
St Patrick Cemetery-Mausoleum No. 3
Getting there
143 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 8:30am–4pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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ST. ROCH CEMETERIES
Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Roch Cemetery #1 followed by the Blessing of the Graves.

St Roch Cemetery No. 2
Getting there
1725 Music St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
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ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CEMETERIES SONIAT STREET
Blessing of the Graves will begin at 11:30 a.m.

St Vincent De Paul Cemetery No 1
Getting there
1950 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
Hours
Mon-Sat 8:30am–4pm
Sun 8:30am–3:30pm
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ST. JOSEPH CEMETERIES
Blessing of the Graves will begin at 12 p.m.

St. Joseph Cemetery
Getting there
2220 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113, USA
Hours
Mon-Sat 8:30am–3:30pm
Sun 8:30am–3pm
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ST. MARY’S AND ST. BARTHOLOMEW CEMETERY
ALGIERS, LOUISIANA
Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church followed by the Blessing of the graves.

Holy Name of Mary Church Cemeteries (St Mary / St Bartholomew)
Getting there
500 De Armas St, New Orleans, LA 70114, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun 8:30am–4:30pm
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LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME
Mass begins at 3 p.m.

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
Getting there
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Hours
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
More Info

Click here to visit the New Orleans Archdiocese page for a full list of parish masses.

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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