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Eternal rest grant unto them, 0 Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Following are excerpts from:
History of the Roman Catholic Church of Saint Mary, Hollidaysburg, Pa. Sesquicentennial Celebration booklet 1994

Old Saint Mary Parish Cemetery is located in the town block between Pine and Hickory Streets along Union Street in Hollidaysburg, Pa. It was purchased in 1846 and adjoins the Lutheran Cemetery. It was used by Saint Mary Parish from that date and jointly by Saint Mary and Saint Michael Parishes from 1862, the year of the division of the parishes.

There is no record of the number of burials over the years, but there must have been thousands. According to tradition the lower part of the cemetery is filled with unmarked graves of men who lost their lives in the frequent accidents that occurred during the building and maintenance of the Allegheny Portage Railroad.

Saint Mary Parish New Cemetery is located north of Hollidaysburg on the hill behind the Penn-Dot building on North Juniata Street. The cemetery contains twenty acres and was purchased by Father Patrick Verckcr for the parish for $2500, August 15, 1917.

The first grave in the new cemetery was that of J. David Wilson, three year old infant son of Earl and Gertrude Wilson. As Father McCook said the day of the funeral, "He is the first little saint to he buried here." Many graves have followed his in the years since 1917.

Prayer for Priests

Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are Thine -
Thy priests whose lives burn out before
Thy consecrated shrine.
Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure, -
Shelter them in Thy heart.
Keep them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice
For souls seems but in vain.
Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.
Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress;
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.
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