CATHOLIC CEMETERIES TO HOST OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

CATHOLIC CEMETERIES OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK TO HOST SPRING OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

Aims to Help Families Understand Pre-Need Planning to Ease At-Need Burden

 

Planning for life events such as weddings, education for children, retirement, and other big decisions can help simplify the complex and bring about a sense of peace and assurance.  Preparing for unexpected significant events can be equally important to avoid last minute decisions made with urgency and stress.

The loss of a loved one is a significant life event that is often a time of sorrow, uncertainty, and worry.  To help ease this difficult time, Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark helps inform its faithful community how to pre-arrange cemetery memorialization before the need arises to alleviate unnecessary and additional hardship.

“A time of loss is a time of confusion, and final arrangements do not have to add to the uncertainty,” says Andrew P. Schafer, executive director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark.  “The worries of last-minute burial arrangements should not become part of a family’s grieving process, especially when experiencing profound sorrow.  It’s why we reach out regularly to families to inform them about the worthwhile benefits of pre-planning.”

Schafer explains that often times, grieving families attest to the appreciable difference of pre-set arrangements in easing their time of loss. “It allows family members to honor and celebrate the life of their departed loved one knowing their wishes are being carried out as pre-arranged,” he added.  “Deciding the details of cemetery arrangements in advance for yourself or a loved one may seem difficult, but putting a plan in place is a responsible and loving gesture that offers invaluable peace of mind.”

Open House Events for the Catholic Community

Catholic Cemeteries, a Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, will host open house events at several Archdiocesan cemeteries this spring.  Memorial Planning Advisors will be on hand to answer questions and share information about burial and cremation options, memorialization, and financial planning.

 

Upcoming open house weekends are as follows:

  • March 10 & 11 at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum, 225 Ridgedale Avenue in East Hanover
  • March 24 & 25 at Maryrest Cemetery and Mausoleum, 770 Darlington Avenue in Mahwah and at Christ the King Cemetery, 980 Huron Road in Franklin Lakes
  • April 7 & 8 at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, 340 Ridge Road in North Arlington
  • April 21 & 22 at Saint Gertrude Cemetery and Mausoleum, 53 Inman Avenue in Colonia
  • May 5 & 6 at Holy Name Cemetery and Mausoleum, 823 West Side Avenue in Jersey City

 

Each cemetery is open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  No appointment is necessary.

 

About Catholic Cemeteries

Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark serving Catholic families for over 160 years, tends to the needs of individuals and families before, at the time of, and after death. This includes caring assistance with cemetery pre-planning, compassionate support at the time of death, facilitating a loved one’s interment in a holy place, support throughout bereavement, and perpetual cemetery care. The Archdiocese of Newark operates 10 Catholic cemeteries vital to the Catholic community for more than 160 years.  Over one million faithful are interred in its cemeteries, and daily care is provided for each holy place and the entirety of each cemetery, perpetually.  Catholic Cemeteries recognizes the deep religious significance of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy involved in the burial of and prayers for a loved one and the sanctity of the Order of Christian Funerals.

 

Catholic Cemeteries offers several videos online at www.CatholicJourney.org to highlight the significance of the Church’s funeral rituals during a time of loss. Additionally, a free planning booklet titled Continuing the Journey, Preparing a Catholic Funeral offers information on coping with the death of a loved one, ministry resources at a time of loss, Scripture Readings for Funerals, practical preparations, information on pre-planning, and more.   To learn more, visit www.CatholicJourney.org.

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Photo: Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark serving Catholic families for over 160 years, will host open house events at several cemetery locations to assist families in learning more about cemetery pre-planning, cremation, memorialization, and financial planning. Visit www.CatholicJourney.org.  (Photo courtesy of Catholic Cemeteries)

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 www.CatholicJourney.org.

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 www.CatholicJourney.org.

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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

7:30pm

(July and August is 7:00pm)

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St. Peter the Apostle Church

Rectory Basement

445 Fifth Avenue, River Edge

Third Monday of each month

7:30pm

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 eganlaur@rcan.org.

For more on Ministry & Consolation, visit our webpage: www.rcancem.org/ministry-of-consolation/

A Day of Comfort and Hope – June 3, 2017

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     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

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The Office of Family Life Ministries

     Archdiocese of Newark

Monthly Mass of Remembrance