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A Message from Cardinal Tobin:

Updated April 1, 2020

Spiritual Closeness in a Time of Social Distancing 4120 Pg1
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Archdiocese of Newark issues clarification regarding burials

MARCH 26, 2020

The Archdiocese of Newark’s Coronavirus Task Force continues to monitor the ongoing pandemic situation and to aggregate guiding information from federal, state and local officials.  Based on the latest information shared publicly, the following are the new directives issued by Cardinal Tobin for the Archdiocese of Newark and a reminder of his prior directives still in effect.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s announcement of new directives for the Archdiocese of Newark, this is to provide clarification on BURIALS.

Burials only may take place with only one funeral director, one witness and one priest being permitted into the cemetery with the deceased. Essential staff of Catholic Cemeteries will accept the deceased and perform the interments. Other than this, all Catholic Cemeteries and Mausoleums of the Archdiocese of Newark remain closed.

With this exception, as noted also below, all directives below remain in force.


The Archdiocese of Newark’s Coronavirus Task Force continues to monitor the ongoing pandemic situation and to aggregate guiding information from federal, state and local officials. Based on the latest information shared publicly, the following are the new directives issued by Cardinal Tobin for the Archdiocese of Newark and a reminder of his prior directives still in effect.

NEW DIRECTIVES effective March 25, 2020:

• Wakes and funerals must be postponed until further notice. There are no exceptions to this, regardless of the size of the group. Burials may take place with only one funeral director, one witness and one priest being permitted into the cemetery with the deceased. Essential staff of Catholic Cemeteries will accept the deceased and perform the interments. Other than this, all Catholic Cemeteries and Mausoleums of the Archdiocese of Newark remain closed.

• All baptisms must be postponed until further notice with the exception of an extreme emergency.

• All weddings are postponed until further notice.

• The Sacrament of Reconciliation is suspended until further notice with the exception of an

extreme emergency.

• All churches and adoration chapels must be closed and locked until further notice. Private

prayer in any parish building must be discontinued until further notice.

• Parish offices must be closed until further notice. Employees who provide essential services

should be limited and on staggered schedules.

• Pastors should see that the Blessed Sacrament is renewed in tabernacles regularly from

celebrations of private Masses.

 

March 19th Letter for Web Fr Tobin