Catholic Cemeteries Commemorates Memorial Day 2017

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Archdiocese of Newark’s Catholic Cemeteries Commemorates Memorial Day

— Historic Mass with Newark’s First Cardinal, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin —

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide in the commemoration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” by celebrating Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 29, at 11:00 A.M., at local cemeteries and parishes.  The program commemorates all departed loved ones and honors men and women who died while serving in the armed forces and recognizes both military veterans and active duty members serving our country.

“All are invited to visit the graves of our fallen heroes as we pray for all our departed loved ones at Memorial Day Mass,” said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark. “We will celebrate Mass at all Archdiocesan cemeteries once again this year, including a historic open-air Mass with Newark’s first Cardinal, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington.”

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” is a national program developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference to honor members of the military who died in combat and recognize veterans and current service men and women. Active military personnel and veterans are invited to participate in Mass at Catholic cemeteries to serve as flag or candle bearers during the opening and closing processions, as Lectors, as participants in the Presentation of Gifts, and to recite uniform intercessions followed by a moment of silence.  This program also is an ideal time for Catholics in the community and throughout the country to unite, remember, and pray for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated at the following Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries locations on Monday, May 29, at 11:00 am with the following celebrants:

  • Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington – Open-Air Mass celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
  • Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover – Rev. Msgr. Robert E. Emery
  • Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah, NJ – Rev. Msgr. Thomas P. Nydegger
  • Saint Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia – Most Rev. Manuel A. Cruz
  • Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City – Rev. Msgr. Gregory J. Studerus
  • Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes – Most Rev. John W. Flesey
  • Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange – Rev. Philip J. Waters

Masses will be held rain or shine, and a canopy and seating will be provided. For participating Parishes and a complete Mass schedule, visit

We honor and cherish our fallen heroes and veterans, and remember them throughout the year during monthly Masses, Veteran’s Day, Flag Day, and certainly, on Memorial Day.  Flags fly daily in designated areas over all Archdiocesan Cemeteries to honor those presently serving and those who have served. Additionally, we place more than one thousand American flags at the memorials of veterans interred at our Catholic Cemeteries for Memorial Day, and those flags remain through Flag Day.

The caring and dedicated staff at Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark ministers to the spiritual needs of individuals and families before, at the time of, and after the loss of a loved one. This includes caring assistance with cemetery planning before death, compassionate support at the time of loss, facilitating a loved one’s interment in a holy place, support throughout bereavement, and perpetual cemetery care, thereafter.

As part of this commitment, Monthly Masses of Remembrance are celebrated at Catholic Cemeteries throughout the year, typically during the first week of each month, and on special days throughout the year. For a complete schedule, visit

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Support Groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child

There is no loJesus with children bss like that of one’s child.  Parents whose children have died will never again be the same.  Their grief is longer, harder and more complicated than that of other bereaved people. The needs of those who have suffered the loss of a child are special.  One of these needs is to share the pain with others who have experienced this very difficult kind of grief.

The Office of Family Life Ministries of the Archdiocese of Newark sponsors support groups for Parents Grieving the Death of a Child.  The groups are led by trained facilitators – parents who have personally experienced the death of a child.

Groups meet as follows:


St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Parish Center

60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield

First Wednesday of each month


(July and August is 7:00pm)


St. Peter the Apostle Church

Rectory Basement

445 Fifth Avenue, River Edge

Third Monday of each month


There is no fee to participate and pre-registration is not needed.  For further information, please call Lauren Egan at 973-497-4327 or contact via e-mail at

For more on Ministry & Consolation, visit our webpage:


A Day of Comfort and Hope – June 3, 2017


Click on link below for information:

     A Day of Comfort and Hope

For Parents Who Have Suffered the Loss of a Child

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Notre Dame RC Church

359 Central Avenue

North Caldwell NJ 07006

Presented by:

The Parent Support Groups for Those Grieving the Death of a Child


The Office of Family Life Ministries

     Archdiocese of Newark