St Martin's Church was founded by Czech immigrants in Mishak, OK (now the SE corner of Tinker AFB) early in the 20th century and had scheduled Masses until 1931. The Church pictured burned in the 1950's, leaving only a parish cemetery on the grounds. St Philip Neri assumed responsibility for its maintenance around 2005. The parish has made substantial improvements and is now offering lots to area Catholics.
Many people expressed strong interest in plots and pairs of plots, and so far no one has asked for something wanted by another. Sales have been strong and steady. For assistance in selecting a plot, call the church office and they or Larry Hopper will help you. A Cemetery Map shows the plots, but you must see Larry or visit the office to see which are available. Lots numbered in red are currently being sold, those numbered in blue are in a wooded area to be sold later. Orange and green shaded areas indicate walkways and areas reserved for the altar, Columbarium, and trees.
We are now accepting payments! Plots are $500 each (no tax), please call the church office before you come down or mail in a check. Four new things to know: plots located back-to-back can share a headstone; if you buy plot/s for a relative (like in-laws) let the church know the parish they belong to; and third, please realize that plots you do not designate for someone specific are not inheritable (but your family will get the purchase price back).
Come visit anytime and the cemetery gates will be all be open around all Saints Day and on Veterans' Day, but the pedestrian gate is at least unlocked 24/7. One soul interred there was killed in action in WW I, nearly 100 years ago!
How many spaces are available?
Over 1,000 are in this reverent setting, and about 1,000 additional spaces (plots) are being planned through a purchase of additional land in July 2016 (not shown on map). Of the 1,000 today, there are 600 spaces already designated for sale and the other 400 or so will be ready when needed. In some gardens, a flat marker is required and is a lower cost option as well. There are about 65 souls already interred.
How does one buy a plot?
Through the St. Philip Neri Catholic Church Office at 405-737-4476. Ask for help in selecting a plot or a pair of abutting plots. Only the person designated with a “right to burial” in a plot may be buried in that plot.
Who can be buried at St. Martin’s Cemetery?
Roman Catholic Christians, and non-Catholic Christians who are their spouses and unmarried children can be. Non-parishioners who are Catholic can be allowed to be buried there. As with most cemeteries, the costs of opening and closing graves will have to be arranged and paid by the plot buyer with their funeral home.
How will cemetery maintenance be assured?
A cemetery fund has already been establishe, and the cemetery has already been maintained by the parish for about ten years now. The maintenance cost has not been burdensome even while virtually no revenue has been received. The fund will grow over time due to plot sales and this will also allow the addition of an altar and sacred memorials, and more. Plot purchase prices are low and maintenance is assured because this is a church ministry and sacred space, and not a commercial for-profit tract.
What is the Columbaria and also the Memorial Wall?
The Columbaria will be a structure in which cremated remains can be kept and where that deceased individual can be memorialized. The Wall is merely a place to reverently recognize family members who are interred in other cemeteries. It is not certain, but these may be built as early as 2019.
How does one sell a plot?
These can only be sold back to St. Philip Neri Church, and only for the original purchase price. When people move out-of-state, for example, they may want to sell back.