Funerals at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

Ceremony & Cemetery


For the Christian the day of death inaugurates, at the end of their sacramental life, the fulfillment of their new birth begun at Baptism.

A funeral Mass or Liturgy of the Word may be scheduled by contacting the Parish Office at 763-421-2471. A priest or deacon will contact the family to organize an appropriate celebration of the deceased’s entry into God’s heavenly kingdom.

St. Stephen’s Church also offers families the opportunity to have a luncheon following a funeral.

Calvary Cemetery is owned and operated by St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.  It is located on the west end of the city of Anoka on the north side of Highway 10.  Click the “Calvary Cemetery” box above for more details.

Calvary Cemetery is a quiet resting place for over 4,000 burials. The cemetery is divided into nine sections plus an infant section. Opened in the 1800s, the four center sections with many historic memorials and monuments were known as the South East, North East, North West and South West sections until the 1970s when they were renamed Sections 1 through 4. At that time Section 5 and 6 were added to the west and north of the original sections as well as a baby section on the south end of Section 5. Sections 7, 8 and 9 were plotted in 2007.

A beautiful granite columbarium with burial niches for cremated remains was added to the cemetery in the spring of 2015.

Printable PDF of Calvary Cemetery Map (11×17)

Calvary Cemetery rules and regulations (PDF) .

Calvary Cemetery Grave Decorations Clean-Up Beginning October 1, 2017:

All non-conforming items will be removed from graves.  Only floral decorations in a plant stand are allowed on grave sites.  (Exception: Small commemorative American Flags during Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day.)

Trinkets are not allowed and will be removed by Cemetery Authority.

This will be enforced effective October 1, 2017.

See Calvary Cemetery Rules and Regulations document dated January 1, 2017 (above).

Due to the increased demand for cremation, St. Stephen’s Catholic Church has added a Columbarium to Calvary Cemetery in Anoka, MN.

Visit our Columbarium Page to find out more.

Silent Cities – 1975

Anoka County Historical Society & St. Stephen’s Catholic Church

According to a WPA survey completed in 1937, Calvary Cemetery began as a one acre plot that was consecrated and blessed by Father Hurth, an early missionary in the Anoka area in 1856.  The area was known as Benton County then, since it was before the organization of Anoka County in 1857.

Ten years later, the cemetery was increased in size to eight acres and belonged to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Anoka.  At this time, the cemetery was in a “natural state” meaning it had no fence, walls, or orderly layout.  Fr. Maurer, a mission priest from the Dayton mission, expanded the cemetery through a land transfer on September 13, 1872.  In 1873, Father McDermott (the first full time resident pastor for St. Stephen’s Catholic Church) began an improvement plan where he got a fence put in and created an orderly layout for the cemetery roads and lots.

 The rock wall that runs along the front side of the cemetery today was built by Alfred Keillor in the early years of the last century.  He was a stone mason and cement man in the area and we know he built this wall, but we are not sure of when exactly.  We do know he built the stone wall that runs along the yard of the house on South Ferry Street in 1912, so it is believed he built this one about that same time.  If the Keillor name is familiar, we can say yes, Alfred was a relative of Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion fame.

 The original plat for the cemetery dated 1866.

For more information or to purchase a gravesite, please call the parish office at 763-421-2471.