Our Mission

The Catholic Cemeteries within the Diocese of Buffalo carry out the sacred religious function of the burial of the deceased. Believing in the sanctity of the human body, the resurrection and eternal life, we are dedicated to the respectful care of the people of God, who even in death remain a part of the entire Christian community.
We recognize the deep religious significance of the Corporal Work of Mercy involved in the burial of the dead and reverence for the deceased. Saint Matthias Cemetery came into being 127 years ago, when, on October 25, 1882, land was donated by the William Gilmore family for use as a Catholic Cemetery.

Pre-Planning for burial arrangements will protect you and your loved ones, leaving a legacy of love and consideration. The purchaser of a plot in a Catholic Cemetery does not acquire the property itself, but only the "right of burial". Traditional ground burial plots include monument privileges with the choice of the memorial set on a foundation, and the monument extends above ground level or selecting a lawn level monument where the monument is set on stone and is flush with the ground. A maximum of one internment (full burial) and one inurnment (cremated remains) or two inurnments may be placed in a single grave. The Church strongly recommends that the cremated remains be treated with respect and reverence with burial in a Catholic Cemetery.

Graves must be paid in full before a marker or monument is placed. In keeping with Christian ideals, a Christian character or emblem will be the main feature on all memorials. Etchings, prayers or epitaphs of a particular nature may be permitted with Cemetery approval.


Individual grave sites may be purchased for $675.00 Additional costs incurred at the time of burial are the fees for opening and closing of the grave. Fees vary for the cost of monument foundation work.

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