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Priests pray for deceased brethren at Holy Cross Cemetery

November 12, 2015

Priests of the Archdiocese of San Francisco gathered at Holy Cross Cemetery Nov. 4 to remember in prayer the deceased clergy of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This new tradition of the priests and bishops joining together to celebrate a Mass for the deceased priests of the archdiocese at the cemetery is expected to continue each year in November, the month Catholics pray particularly for the faithfully departed.

During the Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and the priests of the archdiocese at Holy Cross Cemetery’s Mausoleum, the names of the clergy who died in the past year were read, said Monica J. Williams, archdiocesan director of cemeteries. Following the Mass, seminarians led a procession to the Priest Plot, an area in the cemetery reserved for the interment of priests who have served the archdiocese throughout its long history. In the center of the Priest Plot stands a memorial to the priests–the Last Supper is carved on one side and on the other, the words: “You are a priest forever.” The priests and seminarians gathered around the memorial while Archbishop Cordileone blessed the graves and the assembly sang “Salve Regina.” Afterward, all gathered for a lunch and fellowship, sharing stories about the men who had faithfully served the archdiocese.

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