Archive for month: March, 2018
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.
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)
ON A MISSION TO FEED THE HUNGRY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK
March 1, 2018, Newark, NJ – Catholic Cemeteries, a Ministry of the Archdiocese of Newark, recently presented food and funds to two local Catholic charities that aid the area’s poor, low income, and homeless families.
Donations included 30 grocery bags packed with canned and boxed food products and $2,000 in cash and checks contributed by visitors and guests at multiple Catholic Cemeteries locations during the Christmas season. The food and money support the vital work of two Newark-based organizations dedicated to God’s healing mission: The Emergency Food & Nutrition Network of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark and The Missionary Sisters of Charity.
“Thanks to the generosity of our cemetery and mausoleum guests, those who go hungry within our communities can enjoy a meal and a sense of belonging,” said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark. “Feeding the hungry is one of the most basic acts of loving kindness and is one of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy. Donating to our food bank ministry on behalf of a departed loved one is a charitable act and a loving gift that truly honors their memory in a tangible way.”
The Emergency Food & Nutrition Network coordinates and supports a system 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 Missionary Sisters of Charity, founded by Saint 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 (left), presents a check to John Westervelt, Chief Executive Officer of the Emergency Food & Nutrition Network of Catholic Charities (right), made possible by donations from contributing visitors at Catholic Cemeteries locations throughout the Archdiocese. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark)
PHOTO: Antonio Cunha (left) and Patsy Competiello (center) of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark deliver 30 bags of food donated by cemetery visitors to Ray Garcia (right) and his team of volunteers at the Emergency Food & Action Network of Catholic Charities in Newark. (Photo courtesy of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark)
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” – Matthew 25:35-36