Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark joined thousands of Catholic cemeteries nationwide in the commemoration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” by celebrating Mass at seven of its Archdiocesan cemeteries and at multiple local parishes on May 29, 2017. The open-air Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington, NJ, was a historic event with Newark’s first Cardinal, Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R. Despite the pouring rain, more than 900 people, including clergy, active military personnel, veterans, Knights of Columbus, first responders, law enforcement officials, local dignitaries, and parishioners, sheltered under a massive canopy at Holy Cross Cemetery to remember and pray for departed loved ones and fallen heroes. Veterans and visitors who have family members presently serving in the armed forces or family members who made the ultimate sacrifice were asked to stand and be recognized during the service. The Cardinal delivered a message of gratitude to those who gave their all and to those who have served.
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.
The staff of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark empathizes with grieving families who wish to add temporary, personal items to the memorials of their departed loved ones.
We do not remove permanent monuments or affixed memorializations from any headstone. However, certain cemetery decorations are not permitted since they may present a safety hazard to our visitors and grounds workers. Wooden, glass, plastic or metal items, especially when not permanently affixed to a headstone, can easily become a tripping hazard or a serious threat when airborne from lawn equipment.
We have an obligation to all the families we serve and to the loved ones interred at our cemeteries to maintain a consistent standard of reverence, safety and appearance around our property. Signs are posted at all locations to notify visitors of routine seasonal clean-up of decorations so families have ample time to remove items they wish to keep. (Upcoming clean-up days: June 21 and November 16, 2017.) The cemetery staff holds removed personal items for a reasonable period so families may retrieve them. It is not our intention to upset or offend any family or individual.
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 are flown 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.
All are invited to visit the graves of our fallen heroes as we pray for all our departed loved ones at Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 29th at 11:00am.
There is no loss 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
60 Byrd Avenue, Bloomfield
First Wednesday of each month
(July and August is 7:00pm)
St. Peter the Apostle Church
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 email@example.com.
For more on Ministry & Consolation, visit our webpage: www.rcancem.org/ministry-of-consolation/
Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum, in North Arlington, NJ, a property of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark, was recognized recently as one of three runners-up in the 2016 ACE (American Cemetery Excellence) Award contest from American Cemetery & Cremation magazine. This is the second Catholic Cemeteries property recognized as a contest runner-up by ACE. Maryrest Cemetery and Mausoleum in Mahwah, NJ, earned this distinction in 2013.
Catholic Cemeteries, a Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, recently presented checks to two, local Catholic charities that provide food to the area’s poor, low income, and homeless families. The funds come from parishioners and visitors who donated at one of five Catholic Cemeteries mausoleum locations during the Christmas season. The money supports the work of The Emergency Food Network of Catholic Charities and The Missionary Sisters of Charity.
“Feeding the hungry is one of the most basic acts of loving kindness and is one of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy,” said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries. “Donating food on behalf of a departed loved one truly honors their memory in a tangible way, and is a Mitzvah or a wonderful gift that cannot be repaid. We encourage our cemetery visitors and community to help feed the marginalized within our Archdiocese not just at Christmas time, but year-round because that’s when it’s needed.”
The Emergency Food Network of Catholic Charities, located in Cranford, NJ, coordinates and supports a network of food pantries, donor churches, schools, community groups, and volunteers by providing assistance and emergency food supplies to 50 food centers in the Archdiocese of Newark.
The Newark-based Missionary Sisters of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, provides food and shelter primarily for women in the community. The center helps with daily meals, clothing, and career and emotional counseling.
To donate to the Catholic Cemeteries Food Bank Ministry, visit online at www.rcancem.org/donate
PHOTO: Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark, presents a $1,000 check to Sharon Reilly-Tobin, Program Manager for the Emergency Food and Nutrition Network, in front of a photo depicting a mosaic of Mother Teresa feeding the hungry. The actual 10-foot high mosaic is on display at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark)