The annual field Mass scheduled for May 25 at All Saints Cemetery in Wilmington has been canceled this year because of ongoing coronavirus concerns, according to the Catholic Cemeteries office.
It is the first time in 61 years the service has been cancelled.
Traditionally held every year on Memorial Day, the Mass pays tribute to deceased military, first responders, and all who are interred in the Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Wilmington. More than 500 people usually attend. Bishop Malooly was the main celebrant of last year’s Mass which marked its 60th year.
The diocesan cemeteries are open and visitors are advised to check for modifications in hours and to observe social distancing and safety guidelines. The offices are currently closed to the public, however, representatives are available for families with immediate needs by calling (302) 656-3323.