While Mass attendance is restricted at all archdiocesan cemeteries this Memorial Day due to COVID-19, all are welcome to join via live stream on the Archdiocese of Newark or Catholic Cemeteries YouTube channel.
During the live stream, Cardinal Tobin will also bless and dedicate the altar within the newly-constructed chapel. This is a relatively rare occurrence since altars are only consecrated once after being constructed.
â€œHow fitting to honor our military personnel as we dedicate this beautiful altar and remember in prayer the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of their wounds sustained in battle,â€ said Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Newark.
Those watching the live stream will see the new St. Gertrude Chapel Mausoleum of the Resurrection, which was unveiled recently. The mausoleum is the first in archdiocesan history to feature a unique chapel exclusively for cremation niches. It also includes beautiful stained-glass windows and a Tiffany-styled dome over the altar in the main chapel, all of which were rescued from closed churches and restored through the archdiocesan Artwork Preservation Program.
Additionally, stunning new artworks were created especially for the mausoleum by Progretto Arte Poli, an art studio in Verona, Italy, known for producing artworks for the Holy See at the Vatican Gardens, the Apostolic Palace, and the Diocese of Romeâ€™s St. John Lateran Basilica.
The mausoleum is adorned with a stained-glass window of Jesus ascending to heaven and a marble altar, which features intricately designed bronze statues of Mary and the 12 Apostles during Pentecost. Other new artworks include handcrafted wooden statues of the four evangelists, St. Mark, St. Matthew, St. Luke, and St. John, commissioned from Demetz Art Studio in Ortisei, Italy.
â€œWhat a blessing for us to have such beautiful artwork in our Archdiocese to help us remember and reflect on the promise of the Resurrection and our deceased loved ones,â€ Schafer added.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, the Chapel Mausoleum of the Resurrection will be open to the public after the Mass from 2 pm â€“ 4:30 pm.
Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark also will honor veterans interred at archdiocesan cemeteries by placing more than 1,000 American flags at their graves. Those flags will fly from Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021, through Flag Day, Monday, June 14, 2021. American flags fly daily throughout the year in designated areas at all archdiocesan cemeteries to pay tribute to fallen heroes, veterans, and those currently serving.
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