Remembering 9/11

September 09, 2009

Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of Washington will remember the victims and heroes of 9/11 through prayer and commemoration on the eighth anniversary of the tragedy. Schools with events open to the media are:

St. Augustine School, 1421 V Street, NW (202-667-2608)

At 8:15 a.m. on September 11, a Mass will be offered and a special poem of remembrance will be read. Following the Mass, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., firefighters, police officers and emergency medical services personnel will be honored in classrooms throughout the school. In addition, students in grades 5 – 8 will make cards and write thank you letters.

Holy Cross School, 4900 Strathmore Avenue, Garrett Park (301-949-1669)

At 2:00 p.m. on September 11, the school community will hold a prayer service to honor both those who perished and all those serving in the armed services and the first responders. Families who have loved ones in the armed services and who are first responders will be recognized.

St. Hugh School, 135 Crescent Road, Greenbelt (301-474-4071)

At 8:15 a.m. on September 11, over 100 St. Christopher medals will be blessed at a memorial prayer service with students, faculty and staff. Immediately following the prayer service, the children will make cards to accompany the medals, which will be sent to local fire and police stations and to those serving in the armed services. St. Christopher is the patron saint and helper of travelers.

Holy Redeemer School, 49th Avenue and Berwyn Road, College Park (301-474-3993)
At 8:20 a.m. on September 11, the school community will gather for a commemorative wreath laying ceremony at the flagpole and prayer service to honor the victims of 9/11. The American Legion and fire and police departments have been invited, along with a special invitation to those parents who are firefighters, police officers or members of the armed services. Students will lead the prayer service and Scout members will participate in the wreath laying.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 96 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating 29,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Kathy Dempsey
Office of Communications
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