Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Thornhill
About Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery
In 1954, Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery opened its gates to minister to the unprecedented rush of Catholic immigrants that flooded into post-World War II Toronto. Over the past 60 years Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery has progressively grown to its present size of 145 acres, stretching from Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue.
The cemetery’s name recognizes the universal symbol for Christianity, the sign of Redemption, the Holy Cross. Rather than being a sign of suffering and death, the Holy Cross now assures us that death has been replaced with eternal life.
A complete selection of burial options is available including mausoleum and cremation entombment as well as ground burial in monument lots, flat marker and cremation graves.
With the opening of Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home in 2014, families can now arrange all of their funeral, cremation and burial needs in one convenient location.
Holy Family Mausoleum is a three-story building which features the ageless beauty of Mediterranean marble accented by stained glass windows, reliefs and statues honouring the patron saints of many of our parishes. The mausoleum offers families a variety of entombment options including cremation areas with glass front niches for the placement of cremated remains. For those wishing to keep their families together, there are a number of private family rooms available. The mausoleum is accessible for prayer and visitation year-round, climate controlled and wheelchair accessible. Restrooms are provided for your comfort.
It is with great pride that we announce the opening of Holy Trinity Mausoleum in 2019. This magnificent four- story mausoleum is located on the eastern half of Holy Cross Cemetery and overlooks a peaceful pond that invites quiet meditation. The mausoleum is crowned with a copper dome and cross, a visible tribute to the Holy Trinity. The main feature of this stately building is the main chapel. Four vaulted ceilings come together in a central dome. The chapel is dominated by a mural of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Families can choose to entomb loved ones in a crypt or place cremated remains in a beautiful glass fronted niche. For those wishing to keep their families together, there are a number of private family rooms available.
Our Blessed Virgin Mausoleum, which opened in 1985, is home to one of the largest private collections of stained glass windows in Canada. The stained glass windows offer our families a meditation of the life of Christ as well as images of the saints. The images are beautiful reminders of our Lord’s saving mission and our hope that our loved ones now share in the Communion of Saints in Heaven.
The Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops who have led the faithful of our Archdiocese for the past century and a half are remembered and honoured in the Bishop’s outdoor mausoleum, which stands at the head of a dedicated burial section reserved for the priests of the Archdiocese.
Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery administers St. Luke’s Catholic Cemetery in Thornhill.
Cemetery office hours are from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. To serve you better a cemetery counsellor can be available weekday evenings by request and subject to availability.