MIDDLESEX COUNTY – The Diocese of Metuchen’s Holy Cross and Resurrection cemeteries will join thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States on May 27 in a national celebration entitled, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes.” The program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, is meant to honor those members of the military who died in combat, and to recognize our veterans and current servicemen and women.
All active and retired military men and women and veterans are invited to 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 Metuchen, will celebrate Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery in East Brunswick on Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. At the same time, Rev. Msgr. William Benwell, diocesan vicar general, will celebrate Mass at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway. The patriotic program will follow.
“We are honored to be part of this nationwide initiative that allows us to give thanks to the many military members and veterans within our community for their commitment and service to our country and its citizens,” said Mary Ellen Gerrity, director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Metuchen.
“We are inspired by the patriotism of these individuals; our participation in the ‘Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes’ program is a way for us to recognize their sacrifices and say ‘thank you’ for all they have done for us,” Gerrity added.
The Cemeteries Office is currently seeking veterans who want to participate in the Masses as flag or candle bearers, readers and gift bearers. Following Mass, there will be a wreath laying ceremony, which will include honor guard participation, the playing of TAPS and the distribution of commemorative pins to military members.
All are welcome to attend. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the Memorial Day Masses, or wants to participate, should call the diocesan Cemeteries Office at 800-943-8400 or visit the website at www.diometuchen.org/cemeteries
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