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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.
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The Rev. Joseph Ferraro (center) of Holy Family Church in Nutley, N.J., leads visitors in prayer during a ceremony and blessing of a statue of the newly-canonized Saint Teresa of Calcutta. The ceremony was on Sept. 7 at Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in North Arlington following the cemetery’s monthly Mass of Remembrance. Mother Teresa was canonized as a saint on Sept. 4.
Visitors received a commemorative card of Mother Teresa quotes and recited the prayer that she prayed daily with her sisters.
HEADSTONE UNVEILED FOR HEROIC SEAMAN OF TITANIC LIFEBOAT #13
Titanic International Society and Archdiocese of Newark
Commemorate 5 Titanic Survivors at Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City
Time of the event – 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Jersey City, NJ, May 14, 2016 – For nearly 73 years, the body of Titanic hero Robert John Hopkins has rested in an unmarked grave in Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City, N.J. Today, a polished black granite headstone bearing his name was unveiled by his family and blessed by Bishop John W. Flesey of the Archdiocese of Newark during a morning ceremony that included prayers and a floral tribute to remember Hopkins and four other Titanic survivors buried at Holy Name Cemetery. The headstone for Mr. Hopkins was commissioned and placed in his memory by the Titanic International Society and the Archdiocese of Newark, with the assistance of Mr. Hopkins’ descendants.
“We are deeply grateful to the Archdiocese of Newark and Holy Name Cemetery for their remarkable support of the Titanic International Society in bringing about this permanent commemoration of Robert Hopkins’ life, and his role aboard Titanic,” said Charles A. Haas, co-founder and President of Titanic International Society.
Four other Titanic survivors buried at Holy Name Cemetery include Margaret Delia Devaney, Elizabeth Dowdell, Thomas Joseph McCormack, and Bridget Delia McDermott. Coincidentally, Hopkins was assigned by First Officer William Murdoch to lifeboat 13, which carried Miss McDermott and Miss Dowdell to safety. Members of the Titanic International Society also visited their headstones this morning to place flowers and pay their respects, and unveiled Thomas McCormack’s newly inscribed name on the family headstone.
Dozens of Titanic International Society members from as far away as Switzerland, England and Canada joined their American friends at the service, part of the Society’s three-day convention held in nearby Elizabeth, New Jersey. Also participating were Hopkins’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family, who expressed their gratitude to the Society and the Archdiocese for initiating the project and providing the headstone.
“By taking part in this remembrance ceremony today, especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are performing one of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy specified by Pope Francis in ministering to the deceased; we performed, we witnessed, and we experienced an act of mercy for the five Titanic survivors here in our cemetery,” said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark. “It is our profound unshakeable faith that draws us and many others to our loved ones’ final resting place. It is especially symbolic for Holy Name Cemetery where we are marking our 150th anniversary of caring for the faithful departed.”
Holy Name Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Jersey City with approximately 264,000 burials. A section of the cemetery is dedicated to the burial of priests and nuns who served in the city’s Roman Catholic parishes and parochial schools, and also is the final resting place to many Hudson County veterans from as far back as the Spanish American and Civil Wars.
“Even now, 104 years after the ship’s loss, Titanic’s story continues to add new chapters, as continuing research contributes additional knowledge of the ship and her people,” said Mr. Haas. “Through our Society’s journal, students’ study of the ship in school, movies and ever-growing Internet and media coverage, Titanic will never fade from view.”
About the Titanic International Society
Titanic International Society is a non-profit historical organization based in Midland Park, New Jersey founded in 1989 to preserve and perpetuate the memory and history of the Royal Mail Ship Titanic, and those who sailed aboard her maiden and last voyage. Through the pages of its quarterly, fully-illustrated journal, Voyage, as well as through frequent membership activities, Titanic International Society disseminates the latest research on Titanic and her legacy, along with research into the history of other great ocean liners of the past. With members invited to “get involved,” Titanic International Society is known as the history group that listens, and encourages robust discussion on the Titanic and her people. To learn more, visit www.titanicinternationalsociety.org.
About Catholic Cemeteries
Catholic Cemeteries, a ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, ministers 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 and facilitating a loved one’s interment in a holy place; support throughout bereavement; and perpetual cemetery care, thereafter. The Archdiocese of Newark operates 10 Catholic cemeteries vital to the Catholic community for more than 160 years. Over one million loved ones are interred in its cemeteries, and daily and perpetual care is provided for each holy space and the entirety of each cemetery. Especially in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Catholic Cemeteries recognizes the deep religious significance of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy involved in the burial of and prayers for a deceased loved one and the sanctity of the Order of Christian Funerals. To learn more, visit www.rcancem.org or connect on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Titanic Survivors at Holy Name Cemetery
- Margaret Delia Devaney, 20, boarded Titanic as a third-class passenger at Queenstown, intending to settle in New York City, where her brother and two sisters lived. She was born on May 15, 1891 in Kilmacowan, near Ballysodare, in County Sligo, Ireland to John and Margaret Gunning Devaney. She was rescued in Collapsible C and loaned her pocketknife to the seaman in charge to enable him to cut free the oars necessary for rowing the boat. Following Titanic, she worked as a domestic in Manhattan until her marriage to John Joseph O’Neill in 1919 in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. They relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey where they raised four children. After the death of her husband in 1960, Margaret moved to Clifton, New Jersey, where she passed away on June 12, 1974 at age 83.
- Elizabeth Dowdell, 31, of Union Hill, New Jersey, boarded Titanic at Southampton as nurse to six-year-old Virginia Ethel Emanuel, whom she was escorting to Virginia’s grandparents’ home in New York City. Elizabeth had been born on September 6, 1880 in West Hoboken, New Jersey to Matthew and Alice Carey Dowdell. She and her young charge were rescued in lifeboat 13, along with able-bodied seaman Robert Hopkins and Delia McDermott, who also are being remembered today. She later worked as a domestic for several wealthy families in Manhattan until her marriage to Harry Fierer on February 23, 1933. She passed away in the Bronx, New York, on November 16, 1962 at age 82.
- Robert John Hopkins, 43, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 30, 1868 to John and Catherine McMullen Hopkins. Aboard Titanic, he was an able-bodied seaman assigned during the evacuation by First Officer Murdoch to lifeboat 13, which also brought Delia McDermott and Elizabeth Dowdell to safety. He and fireman Fred Barrett were instrumental in cutting the falls to free boat 13 from being crushed by boat 15, which was being lowered onto it from above. Prior to his Titanic experience, in 1900, he had emigrated to the United States with his wife, Annie Graham Hopkins, and lived in Manhattan where two sons, Robert and James, were born. Following the untimely death of his wife on February 3, 1907, he returned his sons to family in Liverpool, England where they were raised and educated. Robert, Sr. returned to the United States, living in West New York, New Jersey and later in Hoboken, New Jersey during his years at sea. He continued to live and work there as a stevedore on the docks in his later years, until his death on November 17, 1943. His grave remained unmarked until May 2016, when the Archdiocese of Newark and Titanic International Society, with the assistance of his descendants, commissioned and placed a stone in his memory.
- Thomas Joseph McCormack, 19, was born on December 11, 1892 in Glenmore, County Longford to parents Bernard and Maria McKenna McCormack. He boarded Titanic at Queenstown as a third-class passenger. He was returning to his home in Bayonne, New Jersey following a visit with his elderly parents in Ireland. Accompanying Thomas were his two cousins, John and Philip Kiernan. Tom survived after immersion in the freezing water, but lost his two cousins. After his rescue, he returned to Bayonne, where he worked as a bartender. He served during World War I and received a Purple Heart. Following the war, he married Mary Ellen Donovan, but they had no children. Following the death of his wife in 1962, he retired to Elizabeth, New Jersey where he lived with his nephew during the last years of his life. Thomas McCormack died on November 4, 1975 at age 82. After his death, his name and dates never were engraved on the family stone, until the Archdiocese of Newark and Titanic International Society corrected this omission
in May 2016.
- Bridget Delia McDermott, 28, embarked at Queenstown and was traveling third class aboard Titanic. She was born in Knockfarnaught, Lahardane, County Mayo on March 8, 1884 to Michael and Bridget Rowland McDermott. She was one of only three Titanic survivors from Addergoole parish in Lahardane, County Mayo. The other 11 from the group all perished in the disaster. Bridget escaped in lifeboat 13, after having to jump some fifteen feet into the boat. Following her rescue, she went to her cousin in St. Louis, Missouri where she worked as a domestic. She later moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey and then to Jersey City, where she met and married John Joseph Lynch. The couple had three children. For many years, she ran a boarding house on Union Street in Jersey City, where her husband worked for the railroad. She died in Jersey City on November 3, 1959 and joins the four other Titanic survivors at rest in Holy Name Cemetery.
Celebrating 150 years of Catholic faith and heritage since 1866, Holy Name Cemetery in Jersey City, was established to meet the needs of the community’s Catholic families. The historic Hudson County cemetery occupies 63 acres and is surrounded by a combination of small businesses and single-family residences.
Holy Name Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Jersey City with approximately 264,000 burials. A section of the cemetery is dedicated to the burial of priests and nuns who served in the city’s Roman Catholic parishes and parochial schools.
The cemetery’s striking landscape is marked with many elaborately-carved stone monuments. It is also the final sacred resting place to many notable Catholics. Among these are former Jersey City Mayor (1917-1947) Francis “Frank” Hague, former state Senator Thomas Cowan, Justice Marie Garibaldi, who was the first woman appointed to the New Jersey Supreme Court, Frank Sinatra’s grandparents’ mausoleum, Robert Hopkins, a crew member in charge of life boat #13 of the ill-fated Titanic, four other Titanic survivors with ties to Hudson County, and many Hudson County veterans from as far back as the Spanish American and Civil Wars.
In 2005, the first community garden mausoleum with 1,300 crypts was added. Made of solid granite and nearly the length of a football field, the building’s beautiful architectural features include five gabled and gated alcoves with recessed panels topped with decorative granite motifs and walls in varying granite colors. The artistic garden mausoleum is a structure like no other in a congested urban area.
A magnificent two-story chapel mausoleum constructed in 2010 stands with a church-like presence on West Side Avenue. The neoclassical granite structure is adorned with decorative carvings that are reminiscent of a beautiful and subtly colorful tapestry. Skylights allow for plentiful light which creates a comforting place for prayer and reflection. The chapel mausoleum also features numerous original works of liturgical art including brilliant stained glass windows and an ornate, two-story mosaic highlighting the classic monogram for the Holy Name (IHS), the first three letters of the name of Jesus (IHSUS) in the Greek alphabet. Saints who have been promoters of devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus during the church’s history also are depicted.
The cornerstone of the mausoleum’s decorative theme is a suite of windows rescued from Saint Boniface Parish Church in Jersey City, a parish community established in the early 1860s to serve the large German population of lower Jersey City. The stained glass windows, completed in 1896, were designed by a glass studio in Austria. Each window was given to the parish by either a family or organization of the Saint Boniface Parish community.
Holy Name Cemetery and Mausoleum is open daily from 9:00am to 4:30pm and is located at 823 West Side Avenue in Jersey City.