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May 22, 2010

Cemetery Masses, rosaries scheduled

LEWISBURG — A series of rosary recitations and memorial Masses will be at the Catholic cemeteries in the Greenbrier Valley on Memorial Day weekend, led by the members of the Alleghany Highlands Council 8689 Knights of Co-lumbus in cooperation with the local parishes.

On May 29, the rosary will be led at 4 p.m. at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Low Moor, Va. The cemetery serves the Alleghany Highlands Catholic community and is maintained by St. Joseph’s Catholic parish in Clifton Forge, Va.

A rosary recitation for Mount Loretta Cemetery will be at St. Char-les Borromeo Catholic Church, White Sulphur Springs, at 7:45 a.m., just prior to the 8 a.m. Sunday Mass May 30.

The rosary recitation will also be at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Cemetery in the eastern Fayette County community of Springdale, just prior to the 11:30 a.m. memorial Mass and reunion at this historic church on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

May 31, the Knights will lead the rosary at St. John of God’s Catholic Cemetery at Sam Black Church at 9 a.m., followed at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in Williamsburg.

That evening at 4:30 p.m. the rosary recitation will be at St. John, the Evangelist, Catholic Church and Cemetery in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, followed by the Scripture and Communion service in the church, which is the oldest continuously used Catholic church in West Virginia, built before 1859. The church is located at the intersection of Va. 311 and W.Va. 3 in the heart of the community.

The Sweet Springs service will be one of only two scheduled services in the historic chapel this year. The other will be the Mass of the Feast of the Assumption Aug. 15. St. John’s Chapel is now a mission of St. Charles Borromeo Cath-olic Church, White Sulphur Springs.

In addition to assisting with the rosary and memorial Masses, the Knights have invited Catholic high school seniors from Bath, Highlands, Alleghany, Craig, Pocahontas, Summers, Monroe, eastern Fayette and Greenbrier counties and their parents to a graduation dinner at 6 p.m. May 30.

For more information on these and other activities of the Alleghany Highlands Council, call 304-645-1373 or the office of the Catholic Churches of the Greenbrier Valley at 304-536-1813.

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