Catholic Schools Observe 9/11

August 28, 2002

Many of the 108 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington are marking the first anniversary of 9/11 with special processions, prayer services and Masses, as well as events honoring members of the armed forces and local police. Events will be Sept. 11 and 12, as noted. They include:

Montgomery County

St. Mary’s, 600 Veirs Mill Rd., Rockville, Sept. 11, 12:40 p.m. Students wear red, white and blue, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and pray a scriptural rosary.
Sept. 12, 12:40 p.m. Capt. Thomas David Murphy, Jr., a 1989 graduate of the school and member of the U.S. Army’s 101st airborne division in Afghanistan, will visit a class of 7th graders who wrote to him while he was in combat. Recently he was awarded the bronze star for valor because of operations at war.

St. Catherine Laboure, 11811 Claridge Rd., Wheaton, Sept. 11, 9:00 a.m. Students participate in a prayer service at the school.

Prince George’s County

Elizabeth Seton High School, 5715 Emerson St., Bladensburg, Sept. 11, 7:55 a.m. Special morning prayer and 9/11 remembrance posters and a display in the school.
Sept. 12, 8:00 a.m. ceremony/8:30 a.m. Mass: 9/11 reminded our nation of the important service law enforcement provides to our community, so the school will honor members of the Bladensburg Police Department prior to a school Mass.

Bishop McNamara High School, 6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, Sept. 11, 8:46 a.m. All students and teachers will gather in the halls to join hands and pray the Our Father together. All history and government courses will include a recitation of the Gettysburg Address and the Declaration of Independence.

St. Ambrose, 6310 Jason St., Cheverly, Sept. 11, 8:43 a.m. After a moment of silence, the students will carry banners and flags in a “Procession of Peace,” walking one block from the school to the church for a 9:00 a.m. Mass.

Mount Calvary Church, 6700 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. Mt. Calvary school students will gather in the church for a Mass and celebration of life and freedom. The procession will include a parent carrying the American flag, and classroom representatives will receive plants which classes will nurture throughout the year as a symbol of life.

Washington, DC

Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Rd., NE, 9:00 a.m. The school will gather to celebrate Mass to remember victims of 9/11 and begin the start of the new school year. Celebrant will be Monsignor Ray East, Director of the Office of Black Catholics for the Archdiocese of Washington.

St. Thomas More, 4265 4th Street, SE, Sept. 11, 10:00 a.m. Students and teachers will gather for Mass to pray for the victims of 9/11 and their families.

Charles County

Archbishop Neale School, behind Sacred Heart Church, 201 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata. Students will wear red, white and blue. Prayer service for 9/11 TBA.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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