Archdiocesan cemeteries hosting open houses this fall

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark will host several open houses throughout Essex, Union, Bergen, Hudson and Middlesex counties this fall to help Catholics gain knowledge and confidence before a difficult time arises for families — the death of a loved one.

“A time of loss is a time of confusion, and final arrangements do not have to add to the uncertainty,” Andrew P. Schafer, executive director of the Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark, said. “The worries of last-minute burial arrangements should not become part of a family’s grieving process, especially when experiencing profound sorrow. We reach out regularly to families to inform them about the valuable benefits of preplanning.”

The first open house weekend already took place last weekend at Gate of Heaven Cemetery and Mausoleum in East Hanover. There, guests learned about the new Chapel Mausoleum of the Resurrection expansion opening this fall, which features marble crypts, glass and marble cremation niches and a new section dedicated exclusively to cremations.

The new section will also feature several works of sacred art, including a two-story mosaic of Jesus Christ ascending from the tomb. The mosaic was made exclusively for Gate of Heaven Cemetery by world-renowned studio Mellini Art and Glass Mosaics based in Florence, Italy, which has created acclaimed works of sacred art for the last 70 years.

The new chapel mausoleum also includes 14 lifelike statues of the Stations of the Cross handcrafted from wood made in Tyrol, Austria, almost 200 years ago. The sculptures were saved from St. Peter’s Church (formerly Queen of Angels) in Newark and were restored to their original glory.

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The remaining schedule for Catholic Cemeteries’ fall open houses, including one in North Arlington and one in Jersey City, is as follows:

Oct. 1 & 2: Maryrest Cemetery & Mausoleum, 770 Darlington Ave., Mahwah. (888) 489-9095.

Oct. 1 & 2: Christ The King Cemetery, 980 Huron Road, Franklin Lakes. (888) 802-2933.

Oct. 15 & 16: Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington. (888) 467-8903.

Oct. 29 & 30: St. Gertrude Cemetery & Mausoleum, 53 Inman Ave., Colonia. (888) 444-2791.

Nov. 12 & 13: Holy Name Cemetery & Mausoleum, 823 West Side Ave., Jersey City. (888) 621-0337.

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