Regulations for Cemetery Decorations
1. Supervision of Cemetery
• The Building & Grounds committee (here after referred to as The Committee) reserves the right to enforce all rules and regulations adopted by St. Gall Church.
• Rules & Regulations may be amended and/or revised by The Committee at any time.
2. General Rules
• Unacceptable behavior, inappropriate dress, and foul language will not be permitted on the cemetery grounds at anytime.
• No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the cemetery.
• Pets are not permitted in the cemetery.
• The Cemetery Flag is the sole responsibility of The Committee and is not to be raised or lowered without explicit permission from The Committee.
3. Grave Adornments
• The planting of trees and shrubs and any other woody plants are prohibited.
• Natural and Artificial flowers are permitted in approved locations and containers.
• Containers of the following sizes are permitted. Pots 6 to 8 inches, Boxes – not exceeding 18 inches in length, 6 inches in height, 8 inches in width. All containers should be of plastic or wood construction with ample drainage. They should be placed on the marker, or on the ground in front of the head stone. Annuals may be planted in the ground, in an area no larger than 12” wide by 36” long, directly in front of the head stone.
The Committee will remove all annuals during the Fall clean up. Damaged containers and faded artificial flowers will be discarded by the committee.
• Artificial flowers are permitted on all graves in approved permanent vases. In ground metal vases are permitted and must have a hole in the bottom, so that water will drain out.
• All forms of decorations not specifically permitted herein will be removed including: jars, bottles, cans, statuary, ornaments, easels, balloons, pinwheels, and similar items. Grave blankets, shepherd hooks, fences, decorative stone and border edging are strictly prohibited.
• Candles of any kind are not permitted.
• Small US flags may be placed in planters with plants, in the ground next to the head stone, and also in approved permanent vases.
• Evergreen blankets or grave coverings are not permitted at any time.
• Spring and Fall clean up occurs on or about March 1, and on or about November 1, respectively. All decorations should be removed prior to these dates. The Committee will remove and dispose of old/weathered decorations at these times. After the Fall clean up, artificial wreaths no more than 30 inches in diameter placed on stands, are permitted.
• Any decoration not mentioned above needs to be approved by The Committee prior to placement.
• The Committee encourages the careful placement of decorations. We regret that we cannot guarantee that all decorations will be free from damage or loss, and we cannot accept responsibility for these occurrences. All decorations must be in good taste and should not be the dominant feature at the gravesite. The Committee reserves the right to remove any decoration that is unsightly and/or does not meet the rules outlined above.
All rules and regulations not covered by St. Gall parish are covered by the Rockford Diocese cemetery rules.