Huyen (Teresa) Nguyen
Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery is nestled in the foothills of Los Altos. Along its borders is Rancho San Antonio Preserve. Its lush green landscape and serene centerpiece lake provide a tranquil getaway from the hectic valley pace. Visitors enjoy the natural, park-like atmosphere and admire the spiritually moving artwork found throughout the grounds. This cemetery is truly a peaceful place to rest.
Gate of Heaven was conceived circa 1959 when it was still a part of Archdiocese San Francisco. The land came from once what was St. Joseph College property. Its’ formation of boundaries and access roads began with the discussions and cooperative effort of all involved with Interstate 280 which was dedicated in 1961. In 1971, ten years later, Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery was opened.
In 1981, the Diocese of San Jose was formed and assumed ownership of the 50-acre cemetery. There have been almost 24,000 souls interred since the opening. There is still consecrated acreage to be developed for our faith community. Within the grounds are two mausoleum structures; one includes a chapel for entombment services as well as the memorial Masses that are celebrated each month.
Our staff has proudly served the local community with exceptional care for years and can help guide your family through end-of-life planning. We have reliable resources to assist you with all aspects-from creating your estate planning documents to a virtual memorial of photos, letters and poems.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery currently supports the burial needs of fifty-two Santa Clara County parishes, providing options for traditional ground burial, cremation niche, and mausoleum crypts. We work closely with funeral homes and parishes to assist you with your funeral needs.
For anyone who is interested in preplanning or in need of immediate services, you can be sure your legacy will be preserved and that you can easily have peace of mind.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery is here to provide an experience of the Catholic faith during an end of life journey. That encompasses before and after the death of a loved one. We offer workshops on estate planning, advance directive and catholic perspective with end-of-life choices when pre-planning. We continue to walk with you in making funeral arrangements. We support you in grief with support groups throughout parishes in the diocese and hold special events Memorial Day, All Souls Day, Wreaths Across America and other times of the year to gather together as a community of faith to remember your loved ones.
Memorial Mass is held the second Saturday of each month.