The Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of Newark exist to meet the needs of individuals and families before, at the time of death and burial, and throughout bereavement.
By setting aside a holy place for burial, we provide a fitting environment for full liturgical celebrations. Just as in life, we believe that in death the human body deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.
We also foster a type of remembering that is enlightened by faith and sees death as a bridge to the Communion of Saints. Our bond with the believing is not broken by death.
Pictured above is the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Newark N.J.
This magnificent Basilica is considered to be one of the most spectacular cathedrals in the country. Situated on the highest peak in Newark next to Branch Brook Park, the French Gothic structure covers 40,000 square feet, an area equal to that of London’s Westminster Abbey. It is larger than the renowned St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.
Pope John Paul II visited the Cathedral on October 4, 1995 and presided at Evening Prayer. He is the first Pope to visit New Jersey and his presence in this church was a tribute to all who sacrificed to make its completion a reality. It was during his visit that the Holy Father designated the Cathedral a Minor Basilica.
“This magnificent building stands in the heart of Newark as a powerful reminder of God’s steadfast love for his People and as a sign of faith in Christ, our ‘hope of glory.’”
Pope John Paul II
Address given at Evening Prayer
Papal Visit, October 1995