2018 Diocesan Memorial Day Mass in Colonie: Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes
The Diocese of Albany, Albany Diocesan Cemeteries and nearly 400 community members joined thousands of Catholic cemeteries across the United States in a national celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” this Memorial Day. The national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, honors men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both active duty military and veterans.
Bishop Edward Scharfenberger celebrated a special Memorial Day Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28th at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, 1389 Central Avenue in Colonie. Veterans served as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers and participated in the presentation of gifts. Veterans attending the Mass received a special lapel pin.
The new Catholic Monument Design Center located at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery was also open for visitors to stop in and ask questions after the service.
We wish to thank principal Celebrant Bishop Scharfenberger; Deacon Jim O’Rourke, seminary aspirant Michael Dessingue, music ministers Alanna Wilson and Angelina McBride for leading us in Mass; as well as our Color Guard- Boy Scout Troop 1279, and the many cemetery grounds crew who volunteered and made sure Mass ran smoothly. We also thank the veterans who participated in the Mass as lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and with the presentation of gifts, AND for their service to our Country.
Please call (518) 374-5319 for more information on the service or to volunteer for next years service.
When should small flags displayed on graves on Memorial Day be removed?
Flags should be removed as soon as possible after Memorial Day as recommended by the American Legion.