LINCOLN (SNR) – Calvary Cemetery will host its inaugural annual event, “Gravediggers’ Golf Tournament” Aug. 19 at Firethorn Golf Club in Lincoln.
Registration and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start scheduled for 1 p.m.
The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds to help families in need of burial assistance, and to continually beautify and improve the cemetery.
Msgr. Timothy Thorburn, director of Calvary Cemetery, said there is definitely a need for burial assistance for families in the Diocese of Lincoln.
“We are committed to helping families through a very stressful time,” he said, “and some families don’t have the means to bury their loved ones.”
The necessity to maintain, improve and beautify the cemetery is also constant, yet the beauty that provides comfort to families when they see the resting place of their loved ones is well cared for.
Multiple hole sponsorships and other sponsorship opportunities are available, including “Spiritual Spectators,” for non-golfers to donate.
The tournament can accommodate up to 120 golfers or 30 foursomes. Firethorn is a competitive golf course to challenge golfers and there will be many prizes.
The first burial in the Catholic Cemetery, located at 40th and “O” streets in Lincoln, was in December 1869. The cemetery was part of St. Theresa Parish. In 1930, it was deeded to the Calvary Cemetery Association, supported by Catholic parishes across the Diocese of Lincoln.
In 1941, Bishop Louis B. Kucera founded the Diocesan Department of Catholic Cemeteries, the first such department in the country – until 1941, one of the local mortuaries administered the cemetery. From then until the present, an appointed priest has served as director of Calvary Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum, in cooperation with parishes and mortuaries in the city of Lincoln.
The cemetery is open to visitors every day, including holidays, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment on weekends.
Mass is celebrated every Friday at 12:15 p.m. inside the mausoleum, for the repose of souls of all the faithful departed buried at Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum.
An annual Memorial Day Mass is celebrated outdoors, and to commemorate All Souls Day, Mass is celebrated outdoors on the first Saturday following Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.