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 includes 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 are four phases planned. The first phase is complete and available. The remaining phases are not scheduled at this time and would be subject to the needs of the community.

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 are 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 and where can I pre-purchase?  
Available now for at-need or pre-planning requirements. Please come visit the Gardens of Gethsemani Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm. It is best to book an appointment with an advisor who can guide you. Call 604-531-2141. 

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.  

When is the Grand Opening and Blessing taking place?  
The Holy Angels phase I is constructed and complete, in essence open. A consecration and blessing event will be scheduled late spring 2020.

Where can I find out more information on this project?  
Book an appointment with a Gardens of Gethsemani Advisor. During the appointment, they will seek to understand your interests and preferences. You’ll be provided a tour of many options at the Gardens and provide pricing information based on your interests.

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?

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.

Holy Angels FAQ

General FAQ

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.

Site Location

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 

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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Facts on the Holy Angels

Who are the Holy Angels?
The angels are mighty spirits sent by God to bring us His message of life, grace and peace. They guide us on the path to holiness. As servants of Christ in the mystery of the Church, angels enlighten us, guide us, watch over us, defend us and lead us on the path of eternal life[2]. Many “non-religious” people believe in angels and look to angels as spiritual guides and friends.

Why is the new area of the Gardens of Gethsemani named after the Holy Angels? 
The angels watch over our cemeteries and the bodies of our loved ones because they are sacred and will share in the Resurrection. From early in its history, the Catholic Church has believed that angels watch over and protect our cemeteries because the bodies of our loved ones are sacred. Our bodies will share in the happiness of Heaven…the Resurrection. It is an honour to name the new area after the angels who we recognize as our helpers and messengers of God’s love. It is in the original Gardens of Gethsemani, an angel accompanied our Lord during his Passion at a time of great sorrow and provided him with comfort: “...there appeared an angel from heaven, strengthening him.” (Luke 22:43).

Can we interact with angels?
Yes. We can call on angels for help and ask them to interceed with God. The Catholic Church believes that all men and women regardless of their religion are under the care of a personal guardian angel. It is good and sensible to pray to one’s guardian angel for oneself and for others[3]. Father Horgan advises:  “If we pray to the angels, our crosses will become lighter and our fidelity to God will increase. We will walk more surely in the way that Christ has traced out for us, following Him Who is our way, truth and life”[4].

How can praying with the angels benefit us? 
Father Horgan advises:  “If we want to benefit from the companionship and guardianship of the angels – if we want our minds, our hearts, and our memories to be purified and sanctified – we must look to the angelic way of adoration.” Like other ministries in the church, Catholic Cemeteries is a ministry of life. The Church teaches that when there is a death, life doesn’t end, it changes. Our soul is immortal and at the end of time our bodies will be restored to us again in beauty.

Can the angels help the sick and dying and prepare the living for Eternal Life? 
The angels are by our side to help us to accept the “task of dying”: helping us to accept separation and parting, assisting us complete the spiritual and personal tasks of love that are part of completing our life on earth and preparing our family and friends as well as ourselves for our journey home to God. Angels assist us to receive the Sacraments and lift away burdens[5].

Do angels assist us at the hour of death and after death?
Absolutely. Many people treasure stories about their loved ones that confirm sometimes in great ways and sometimes in small ways the presence of the angels. The Church believes that the angels help to take away anxiety and bring peace to our memory[6]. The mission of the angels does not terminate with the earthly life of their charges, but only upon the entrance into paradise of those souls committed to their care. Should it happen that at-the-moment of death a soul in the state of grace is not yet ready to behold the face of God and to appreciate the happiness of Heaven, a person’s guardian angel accompanies the person through a time of spiritual purification and healing (purgatory). 

What are the significant angels in Catholic Tradition?
Traditionally, the Church has identified nine groups of Angels named in the scriptures. One of the most prominent of these groups is that of the Holy Archangels. The three greatest of the Archangels named in the Bible are Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Saint Michael is the defender against Satan and evil; Saint Gabriel is the announcer of Jesus’ birth to Mary; and Saint Raphael is the patron if healing and medicine. The Bible does not provide the personal names of other angels. Our Holy Mother Mary is called Queen of the Angels.

What are the key references to angels in the Life of Jesus Christ?
The holy angels have always surrounded and assisted Jesus, ministering to Him. The Vatican’s Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy explains key references in article 214:

The Angel Gabriel declared to Mary that she would conceive and give birth to the Son of the Most High (cf. Lk 1, 26-38), and that an Angel revealed to Joseph the supernatural origin of Mary's conception (cf. Mt 1, 18-25); the Angels appear to the shepherds in Bethlehem with the news of great joy of the Saviour's birth (cf. Lk 2, 8-24); "the Angel of the Lord" protected the infant Jesus when he was threatened by Herod (cf. Mt 2, 13-20); the Angels ministered to Jesus in the desert (cf. Mt 4, 11) and comforted him in his agony (Lk 22, 43), and to the women gathered at the tomb, they announced that he had risen (cf. Mk 16, 1-8), they appear again at the Ascension, revealing its meaning to the disciples and announcing that "Jesus ...will come back in the same way as you have seen him go" (Acts 1, 11).

[1] Father John Horgan. His Angels at Our Side, Understanding Their Power in Our Souls and the World. Irondale, AL: EWTN Publishing Inc., 2018. Pg. 5 and Preface.
[2] Ibid Page Preface XI.
[3] Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church. Paragraph 55. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2011.
[4] Ibid Page 7.
[5] Father John Horgan. His Angels at Our Side, Understanding Their Power in Our Souls and the World. Irondale, AL: EWTN Publishing Inc., 2018. Page 275.

[6] http://www.catholictradition.org/Angels/angels15b.htm date 12 August 2018

Responses for this FAQ have been prepared from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the recently published book His Angels at Our Side, Understanding Their Power in Our Souls and the World[1] by Father John Horgan. Father Horgan is a priest in Archdiocese of Vancouver and pastor of St. Pius X Parish in North Vancouver. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Angelicum in Rome. He is author of the book His Angels at Our Side: Understanding Their Power in Our Souls and the World. Father is a member of the Catholic Cemeteries Advisory Board guiding the ministry in its care to the community.

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We are pleased to announce the completion of construction. We thank the skilled craftsmen who worked diligently with care and attention to create the lower mainland’s newest, beautiful and reverent cemetery space. Below are recent photos. We invite the community to visit and experience the Gardens of Gethsemani and new area.

Completed Construction

As of December 2019