Memorial Day services.
It’s almost Memorial Day, a time to honor lives lost. The Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Cemeteries will be honoring military this Memorial Day through the third annual “Serving God and Country, a Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” program. This national program has helped unite thousands of cemeteries across the country in honor of our past and present military. It is a beautiful and inspiring example of people who are celebrating the true meaning of Memorial Day.
According to a release about the event, “the official beginning of summer is marked by Memorial Day, but for many, the holiday holds deeper significant meaning. For the third consecutive year, the Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Cemeteries, in collaboration with over 1,000 Catholic Cemeteries coast-to-coast, will participate in the annual celebration, ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.’ The program, developed by the national Catholic Cemetery Conference, honors men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces, and recognizes both active military and military veterans who have served our country.”
“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes,” invites active military personnel and veterans 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 throughout the country to unite, remember, and pray for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
There will be a Catholic Cemeteries at the following locations on Monday, May 25 at 11 a.m. with the listed celebrants:
- Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington – Most Reverend John J. Myers
- Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover – Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
- Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia – Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz
- Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City – Most Reverend Thomas A. Donato
- Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes – Most Reverend John W. Flesey
- Maryrest Cemetery, Mahwah – Reverend Monsignor Thomas P. Nydegger
- Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange – Reverend Philip Waters
The following is a list of Parish cemeteries where mass will be celebrated:
- John Cemetery, St. John Parish, Orange, 8 a.m. – Reverend George Faour
- Peter Cemetery, St. Peter Parish, Belleville, 9 a.m. – Reverend Ivan Sciberras
- Calvary Cemetery, Saint Adalbert, Linden, 11 a.m. – Reverend Krzysztof Szczotka
- Olivet Cemetery, Bloomfield, 8:30 a.m. – Reverend Lukasz S. Rokita
- Rose of Lima Cemetery, Short Hills, 9 a.m. – Reverend M. Christen Beirne
- Luke Cemetery, Ho-Ho-Kus, 8 a.m. – Reverend James M. Manos
- Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair, 9 a.m. – Reverend Joseph Scarangella
Memorial Day is a time to remember our fallen heroes, so take advantage of these programs by the Archdiocese of Newark Catholic Cemeteries.