| Cemetery celebrates 100th anniversary
St. Joseph Cemetery, often a somber place for prayer and reflection, will also become the site of a celebration Oct. 4 as the Catholic community gathers to mark the 100th anniversary of these holy grounds.
The celebration will begin in the St. Michael Chapel at the cemetery at 2540 Church Lane, San Pablo, at 11 a.m. with Mass presided by Rev. Jacob Carazo, OFM Cap., parochial vicar of nearby St. Paul Parish. Music will be provided by local Catholic elementary schools. After Mass Father Jacob will lead a procession from the chapel to the first grave, which he will bless. The Knights of Columbus will create a walkway to the grave from the street.
A reception will follow. Refreshments will be provided by Tito's and music provided by Salesian College Preparatory. An art contest depicting local history will be held for the students at 1:30 p.m. All entries will be on display.
Since its opening in 1914, the landscape of St. Joseph Cemetery has changed with the years. Among them are the completion in 1928 of the Good Shepherd mausoleum; the 2007 renovation which brought new irrigation, improved landscaping, straightened monuments and new roadways.
Work on the new funeral center, which opened in 2008, also began in 2007. The new addition was a 14,000-square-foot modern facility that included three funeral chapels, a reception room and offices.
Elsewhere on the property, eight acres of vineyard — pinot noir, merlot, sangiovese — were planted in 2008. Today it helps produce sacramental wine for all the parishes.
About 250 funeral services are held at the cemetery annually.
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