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Update regarding Catholic Cemeteries approved by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.

May 4, 2020

Updated directives regarding Catholic Cemeteries have been approved by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., for the Archdiocese of Newark:

Select this link to read the announcement and full letter from Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director of Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark

At this time, we announce the following changes to our cemetery visitation policies:

  • On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, all archdiocesan cemeteries will be open for visitation from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be open for visitation every Sunday, thereafter.
  • Beginning on Monday, May 11, up to 10 family members will be permitted to attend a burial service. (Currently, two family members only are permitted.) Until further notice, all committal services are limited to immediate family only and not to exceed the recommendations of New Jersey Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and Administrative Order 2020-04, that gatherings of 10 persons or fewer are permitted.
  • Beginning on Monday, May 18, cemetery visitation will be permitted weekdays, Monday through Saturday, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., after all interments are completed.
  • Memorial Day Masses at our all archdiocesan cemeteries are postponed until further notice. Announcements are forthcoming regarding a livestream or video of Memorial Day Mass at Holy Cross Cemetery.
  • All persons entering archdiocesan cemetery and mausoleum premises must wear a facemask and practice social distancing as per the state’s mandate. Signs will be posted in cemeteries.

We urge all to please work with us to adhere to these guidelines for the protection of all. It would be disappointing to all if prior restrictions were reinforced if state and local mandates are not followed. We pray that each and every one of us will remain in the safe embrace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, during these difficult times. We continue to strengthen our faith and resolve in our ministry, the care of our families and staff, and in the promise of the resurrection. May God bless us all. Please visit our website www.rcancem.org for the latest updates and announcements from Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Peace, Andrew P. Schafer, Executive Director Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark

We encourage you to continue to monitor the Archdiocese of Newark website at www.rcan.org/covid19 for announcements and updates.