Now in its fourth year at Holy Cross Cemetery in Mays Landing, the Diocesan Summer in the City Youth Program volunteered at Holy Cross last week. The program sends high school students along with adult chaperones to locations in Atlantic County to perform volunteer work. Holy Cross Cemetery staff is honored to have the students help out at the cemetery. Marianne Linka, Director of Cemeteries, expressed her gratitude, “This program is wonderful. The students leave with a better understanding of perpetual care of a cemetery and our staff is grateful for students’ time and help.” Additionally visiting a cemetery can be a little overwhelming. After spending a day caring for the cemetery, the students are more at ease in the cemetery.
This year the youth, who are always attentive and respectful, helped with weeding the cemetery grounds including the flower beds around the mausoleum. The students also painted directional lines for traffic flow and painted the cement parking curb blocks in the parking lot outside of the mausoleum. Greeted by cemetery staff, the youth prayed the Eternal Rest Prayer for those buried at Holy Cross Cemetery & Mausoleum. The cemetery staff always eager to answer the students’ questions then continued to explain how the staff cares for the grounds, the Church’s teaching on cremation, and charitable burials.
The work performed during the week intertwined the 4 Pillars of the Summer in the City Youth Program, Service, Spirituality, Community and Social Justice, with the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The youth gained a better understanding of what it means to perform the Corporal Work of Mercy of burying the dead.
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