The parish Cemetery Committee is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the Peralta-Valencia Cemetery, located off La Ladera Road in Valencia (see location map), and the churchyard at the Sangre de Cristo Church. The Peralta-Valencia Cemetery has an old section, a current section, and a new section where burials are currently occurring. An eleven acre section, north of the old section, is designated for future expansion and has not yet been opened for burials.
In recent years, the committee has been able to move beyond cemetery grounds maintenance to making improvements and preparing for the next phase of cemetery expansion. The biggest improvements have been the construction of the covered pavilion (below) and the addition of a water system.
In 2004, after the westernmost main row (a small piece of which is seen above) was filled, the cemetery committee moved to use two partial rows just east of the parking area in the current section. Additional rows have now been started north of the pavilion, opening a new section of the cemetery. These areas are indicated by the red arrows in the aerial photo at the bottom of this page.
Because of issues that have appeared in the previous couple of years, the Cemetery Committee revised the parish cemetery rules and procedures in May 2014. The committee issued documents identifying cemetery members' rights and responsibilities, cemetery rules, and a formal cemetery fee schedule. These documents are available here.
The parish cemetery committee is led by Joe Otero.