In this 2019 photo, Deacon David O'Connor, director of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries and Operation Services, leads the Stations of the Cross last Lent in Jesus, Bread of Life Cemetery and Mausoleum, Mount Laurel. The Stations of the Cross for the Holy Souls of Purgatory is being held again this year on Fridays in Lent.  Craig Pittelli photo
In this 2019 photo, Deacon David O'Connor, director of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries and Operation Services, leads the Stations of the Cross last Lent in Jesus, Bread of Life Cemetery and Mausoleum, Mount Laurel. The Stations of the Cross for the Holy Souls of Purgatory is being held again this year on Fridays in Lent. Craig Pittelli photo
Faithful are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross for the Holy Souls of Purgatory each Friday during Lent at the Diocese’s mausoleums in Mount Laurel and Hamilton.

“Pope John Paul II has said that praying for the souls in purgatory is ‘the highest act of supernatural charity,” Deacon David O’Connor, diocesan director for the Department of Catholic Cemeteries, said during last year’s inaugural program.

“The souls in purgatory hold a place of high esteem in the Catholic faith. These are our relatives and friends who have gone before us, and before living the beatific vision, they must spend a time of purification. They depend on us to shorten their stay in purgatory and speed up their entrance into heaven,” he said.

Led by Deacon O’Connor, the stations will be prayed every Friday at: 1 p.m. in St. Mary Cemetery and Mausoleum, 1200 Cedar Lane, Hamilton; and 3 p.m. in Jesus Bread of Life Cemetery and Mausoleum, 3055 Fostertown Road, Mount Laurel. The dates are March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3.

During Stations of the Cross, participants will have the opportunity to recall loved ones who have died and keep in mind the departed who may have no one to pray for them; reflect on the reality of purgatory; remember the Passion and Death of Christ, and pray that the same Christ may soon welcome the souls of the faithful departed.

The stations are being sponsored by the diocesan Department of Catholic Cemeteries. For more information, contact Maria Guzman-Paczkowski in Jesus Bread of Life at mguzma@dioceseoftrenton.org or Mary Beth Montgomery in St. Mary at mbmont@dioceseoftrenton.org.

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