Annual Cemetery Mass

Come celebrate our fourth annual memorial mass with Bishop Bergie at Holy Cross Cemetery Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 11 am.  Rain date will be July 9th, 2016 at 11 am.

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Liturgy

On Saturday June 15, 2013, Bishop Gerard Bergie celebrated the first annual memorial Mass on the grounds of Holy Cross Cemetery in Welland. The cemetery, owned and operated by the Diocese of St. Catharines, has served the Catholic community in the City of Welland and surrounding municipalities for almost 100 years. The diocese also owns and operates the Mount St. Joseph Cemetery on Lakeshore Road, Port Colborne.

Con-celebrating with Bishop Bergie were: Fr. Stan Bijak, O.M.I., pastor Sts. Peter & Paul; Fr. Gabriel Arulnesan, pastor, St. Augustine; Fr. Jim Mulligan, C.S.C., pastor, St. Kevin; Fr. Vijai Amirtharaj, associate pastor, St. Kevin; Fr. Jose Karikompil, pastor, St. Mary; Fr. John Vickers, C.S.C., pastor, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catharines; Fr. Wilfred Murchland, C.S.C.; and Fr. Gary Luiz, C.PP.S.

Congregation

Approximately 160 people came to pray for and remember their loved ones who are at rest in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Bishop Bergie on the importance of Catholic cemeteries:

“Come to me, all you that are weary and carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)

“Catholic cemeteries are a place of rest. They remind us that after the labours of life, our faithful departed are now experiencing eternal rest with God.

“Catholic cemeteries also provide rest for the living, especially those who carry the burden of grief. As sacred space dedicated to prayer and eternal life, consolation can be found.

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“I encourage you to choose one of the Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of St. Catharines as your final resting place. Here you will find the church praying for and remembering our beloved dead surrounded by beauty and symbols of our faith. Here you will find hope knowing death is not the end but a means to eternal life.

“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.”