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Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. celebrates the commemoration Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Catholic Cemeteries Hold Mass to Commemoration Memorial Day

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 its Archdiocesan cemeteries and local parishes.

An open-air Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, New Jersey, was celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., who offered a message of gratitude to those who lost their lives in service to our country and to their families. Despite cloudy skies and cooler temperatures, approximately 1,000 attendees gathered beneath a canopy at Holy Cross Cemetery, including clergy, law enforcement officials, local dignitaries, veterans, Knights of Columbus, first responders, local residents and parishioners. Veterans and family members of those presently serving in the military or of those who died serving were asked to stand and be recognized for their dedication and sacrifice.