Holy Angels Mausolea & Columbaria is accessible all year round for visitation by loved ones. Our unique and dignified memorial space requires minimal monument and grounds care adding:

  • 195 new crypts
  • 632 Interior Glass Front Niches
  • Over 1328 Exterior Granite Front Niches

Exterior niches are granite covered and interior niches are glass covered, offering a range of single or double niches.  

Holy Angels Mausolea & Columbaria will include the addition of full body crypts, granite niches, and glass-fronted niches, providing a bright and reverent space for remembering.

Currently we are developing a four-quadrant project, to be built one quadrant at a time. Phase 1 of 4 features two crypt buildings and two niche buildings with exterior stone front niches and interior glass-fronted niches.

The new Holy Angels Mausoleum & Columbaria building is at the heart of Gardens of Gethsemani and anchors our Holy Sacred grounds. We’re pleased to upgrade and beautify the area, offering our community new crypt and cremation niche options.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Phases are in this project?
There will be four phases. First phase is underway and will be completed by end of the year 2018. There is no schedule for the remaining phases at this present time.


How many crypts will there be?
In the first phase there will be 195 crypts that equate to 378 casket burial spaces as some of the inventory are doubles.  

How many Exterior Granite Front Niches will there be?  
In the first phase there will be 1,328 granite front niches that equate to 2,256 cremation burial spaces as some of them are doubles.  

How many Interior Glass Front Niches are there?  
There will be 632 glass fronted niches, which equate to 900 cremation burial spaces as some of them are doubles.  

How many buildings will there be in Phase 1?  
There will be four buildings with various configurations of burial spaces. Two buildings exterior granite niche and crypt front only. Two buildings exterior niches and interior glass front niches.  

When will the surrounding niche walls and landscape be built?  
These are estimated to be completed by the spring of 2019.  

When and where can I pre-purchase?  
You will be able to pre-purchase beginning September 1st, 2018. Please register for more information at holyangelsatgardens.ca.  

If I have an existing crypt or niche am I able to switch and purchase in the Holy Angels Mausolea & Columbaria?  
Yes. We can transfer the amount paid from your original purchase to the newly selected property, and you would pay the difference of the price for this upgrade. Some conditions may apply.  

What discount if any will be available for Pre-Construction Sales?  
Pre-Construction pricing will be available beginning on September 1st. – This pre-construction phase will commence on September 1st and finish on October 15th. The discount will be 15%. There will be a limited number released at this discount.  

What other discounts are there?  
Construction Sale will commence on October 15th and run through January 1st, 2019. This discount will be 10%.  

When is the Grand Opening and Blessing taking place?  
A date for this event has not be set, but it most likely will be in early spring.  

Where can I find out more information on this project?  
Please register at holyangelsatgardens.ca. 

What is a Niche?
A cremation niche is an above ground burial space, where a decedent's urn, containing their cremated remains, is placed inside and sealed.

What is a crypt?
Burial vaults. In more modern terms, a crypt is most often a stone chambered burial vault used to store the deceased.


What is a granite front Niche or Crypt?
Single Granite Front Niche: A space within a columbarium designed for the entombment of cremated remains, in an exterior setting. Single granite front niches are intended to be used by one cremated remains of person behind a granite shutter so the urn will not be visible.

Double Granite Front Niche: A space within a columbarium designed for the entombment of two cremated remains in an exterior setting. Double granite front niches are intended to be used by two cremated remains of two person behind a granite shutter so the urn will not be visible.

What is a Glass Fronted Niche?
Single Glass Front Niche: A space within a mausoleum designed for the entombment of cremated remains in an interior setting. Single glass front niches are intended for the cremated remains of one person in a urn behind a glass shutter so the urn would be visible.

Double Glass Front Niche: A space within a mausoleum designed for the entombment of two cremated remains in an interior setting. Double glass front niches are intended to be used by two cremated remains of two person behind a glass shutter so the urn/urns would be visible.

What is an Entombment in a mausoleum?
An entombment is the placing of a deceased body in a tomb.

A mausoleum is an independent above ground structure built to hold the remains of a person or persons. A crypt is a burial spot, built to hold a casket in a concrete or stone chamber. A tomb is a container which holds the deceased's remains.

What is an Inurnment in a mausoleum?
An inurnment is the placing of the cremated remains in a niche or crypt. Interment means the (a) burial, or (b) entombment of human remains or (c) the inurnment of cremated human remains. Interment Space means a grave, crypt or niche.

Is the Mausoleum or Columbarium in perpetuity?
Yes.

Does a body have to be embalmed to be entombed? 
Please check with your funeral home. For a list of funeral homes, visit rccav.org/funeral-homes.

Do I have to be a Catholic to be buried at the Gardens of Gethsemani?
The Gardens of Gethsemani is pleased to offer burial for baptized Christians. Burial services follow the guidelines and traditions of the universal Church.

Is pre-planning necessary?
Yes, it is a great idea to plan for the future, and ensure that your memorial wishes are complete, written down and shared with your family. For pre-planning information please visit our website: rccav.org/legacy-planning.

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Construction of phase 1 of 4 is now underway and the expected completion date is end of December 2018. 
Pre-construction pricing will be released Fall 2018.

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Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery
15694 32nd Avenue
Surrey, B.C. V3Z 9V1, Canada

E-mail: info@rccav.org  /  Website: rccav.org


Visitation and Office Hours
Office Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: (604) 531-2141  /  Fax: (604) 536-8828

Cemetery visiting hours: Dawn until dusk, 365 days a year

Gardens of Gethsemani was established in 1962 and continues to be a place of communion, faith, hope, prayer and remembrance. We are an extension of parishes in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. We advocate for the community to set aside their sacred place for remembrance. As part of the Church family and a community of believers, we exist to help families live on.

Holy Angels Mausolea and Columbaria is located in the heart of our cemetery which extends to 58 acres, surrounded by trees and new green space.

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We prepare the living for the life to come; we bury the dead in the Catholic tradition; and we comfort the living with compassion and care.

Gardens of Gethsemani Cemetery
15694 32nd Avenue Surrey, B.C. V3Z 9V1
(604) 531-2141  /  rccav.org  /  info@rccav.org 

With continued interest in mausoleum burial space, we are constructing a new mausolea and columbaria on our sacred grounds. 

We’re pleased to offer the community new crypt and cremation niche options at your Archdiocesan Catholic Cemetery, Gardens of Gethsemani. 

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