Diocese of Metuchen to host Memorial Day tribute to military heroes

Thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the country unite for national program

13 May 2015

The Diocese of Metuchen’s Holy Cross and Resurrection cemeteries will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States on May 25 in a national commemoration entitled, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” The program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, is meant to salute those men and women who died in combat, and remember our veterans and current servicemen and women.

All active military men and women and veterans are invited to participate in and attend either of the two Memorial Day Masses, to be held simultaneously at two diocesan cemeteries in Middlesex County.

The Most Rev. Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of the Diocese of Metuchen, will celebrate Mass at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway. At the same time, Rev. Msgr. William Benwell, diocesan vicar general, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery in Jamesburg on Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. The patriotic program will follow.

“It is important that we honor those members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice and recognize veterans and the active military who continue to serve our country,” said Mary Ellen Gerrity, director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Metuchen.

“While Memorial Day is most assuredly a solemn day, it is also a day of unity – a time to come together to pay tribute to the men and women who died while serving our country. We are honored to participate in this program and stand in unity with Catholic cemeteries from across the nation to remember and pray for past and current military members,” Gerrity added.

The Cemeteries Office is currently seeking veterans and active military personnel to participate in the Masses as wreath bearers, readers and gift bearers. Following Mass, there will be a wreath laying ceremony, which will include honor guard participation, and the playing of TAPS.

All are welcome to attend. For more information about the Memorial Day Masses or to learn how you can participate, please contact the diocesan Cemeteries Office at 800-943-8400 or cemeteries@diometuchen.org or visit the website at www.diometuchen.org/cemeteries.

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