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Cardinal Tobin will celebrate Mass on Monday, May 30 at Holy Cross Cemetery

Cardinal Tobin is seen here during the consecration at a previous Memorial Day Mass. CANR

Catholic cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Newark will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide in the annual Memorial Day program, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” with masses held on Mondays May 30 at 11 a.m. in several archdiocesans. cemeteries.

Most Masses will be celebrated outdoors under large awning tents, rain or shine, and seating will be provided. The program honors those who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces and recognizes military veterans and active duty military personnel serving our country.

Memorial Day Masses were broadcast live from 2020 to 2021 with limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The return to outdoor Mass celebrations will allow local Catholics to experience Memorial Day Mass with family and friends as it should be – together as a community.

“We are happy to welcome back the families and friends of loved ones whom we have not been able to see for the past two years,” said Andrew P. Schafer, executive director of Catholic Cemeteries, an archdiocesan ministry. of Newark. “We will never forget the sacrifices made by our military men and women. We are eternally indebted to them for their service, their hope and their courage. May they rest in eternal peace.

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Tribute to Our Heroes” is a national program developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference to honor military personnel who have died in combat and to recognize veterans and current service members.

Active military personnel and veterans typically attend Memorial Day Mass to carry wreaths or candles in the opening and closing processions, serve as readers or participants in the presentation of gifts, or recite intercessions followed by a moment of silence.

Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated at the following Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries Monday, May 30 at 11 a.m. with the following celebrants:

  • Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington – Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark
  • Heaven’s Gate Cemetery, East Hanover – Bishop Manuel A. Cruz, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
  • Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah – Bishop Reverend A. Saporito, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
  • St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia – Bishop Elias R. Lorenzo, OSB, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
  • Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City – Bishop Gregory J. Studerus, DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
  • Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes – Most Reverend John J. Chadwick, STD, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Newark
  • Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, East Orange – Rev Philip J. Waters, OSB

In addition to Memorial Day Masses, Catholic Cemeteries in the Archdiocese of Newark honor and remember fallen heroes and veterans throughout the year at monthly Masses, Veterans Day Fighters, Flag Day and Memorial Day.

Flags are flown daily in designated areas on all Archdiocesan cemeteries to honor those currently serving and those who have served. Additionally, more than 1,000 American flags are placed at memorials to veterans buried in Catholic cemeteries for Memorial Day, and they remain until Flag Day.




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