Remembering the Victims of the September 11 Attacks

September 08, 2011

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass for Peace in remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. All are invited to attend and to begin their day in prayer for peace in our nation and world.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
5:00 p.m.
St. Peter Catholic Church
313 Second Street, SE
Washington, DC

Cardinal Wuerl, then-Bishop of Pittsburgh, was in Washington on September 11, 2001, attending a meeting at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He and other bishops who also were in Washington walked to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to join Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, then-Archbishop of Washington, to celebrate an impromptu Mass for the thousands who crowded the church just after the attacks.

On the tenth anniversary, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, now Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, will celebrate Mass at noon at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the Great Upper Church. The Basilica is also planning to have a moment of silence and have the bells toll 10 times. Outside, a large American flag will be draped down from the Basilica’s tower.

Other events to commemorate the anniversary throughout the archdiocese include:

Day of service: The Catholic University of America is sponsoring a city-wide day of service on Saturday, September 10, 2011. Participants are invited to join the rest of the nation in honoring the victims and heroes of the September 11th attacks – not only in prayer and vigils, but in action. In partnership with more than 50 nonprofit organizations, schools, and community-based organizations, thousands are expected to spend the day serving the Washington, DC community at soup kitchens, performing grounds keeping and beautification projects, among many others. Participants will meet in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla Center at 8:00 a.m., and then travel to service sites by bus or Metro.

Unity Walk: Some parishes of the archdiocese, in addition to the Apostolic Nunciature, are serving as host congregations for this year’s 9/11 Unity Walk on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The event brings together thousands of people representing hundreds of organizations, religious groups and diplomatic communities to walk in unity, building bridges of understanding and respect. The opening interfaith service and kick-off will begin at the Sikh National Gurdwara, located at 3801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW at 1:30 p.m. The walk from the Gurdwara to the Gandhi Memorial (intersection of Massachusetts Ave, 21st and P Streets, NW) is just over 2 miles.

Nine Days of Prayer and Remembrance: From Saturday, September 3 to Sunday, September 11, 2011, the Department of Evangelization and Family Life will use the Archdiocese of Washington Facebook page as a means to invite people in the archdiocese to come together for nine days of prayer. Shortly after 9:00 a.m. each morning on the Facebook page under the events tab, individuals can find an invitation to join us in prayer. Invitations will include scripture reflections, traditional prayers and encouragements for periods of silence. In addition, individuals will be encouraged to leave their own words of remembrance and prayers on the Facebook Nine Days of Remembrance event wall.

Special recognitions during liturgies and memorial services:

•On Thursday, September 8, 2011, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (17301 Old Vic Boulevard, Olney) will host a special dedication inviting the school community, as well as the broader Olney community, to participate in a special remembrance. Attendees will place 3,000 small American flags on the hill that runs along the property, adjacent to Olney-Laytonsville Road (Rte. 108). A prayer service will also be held. On Friday, a school wide prayer service will be held.

•Holy Redeemer School (4902 Berwyn Road, College Park) will hold a memorial service during the usual morning prayer service at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, September 12, 2011. The Boy Scouts will be in attendance and will lay a wreath at the bottom of the U.S. flag pole. A large number of local service members, police, and other first responders are expected to be in attendance. Seventh grade student Maeve Ballantine will sing “God Bless America” and other students will lead the prayer service.

•The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle (1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW) will hold a special observance at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

•Victims and first responders will be remembered during all the Masses at St. Patrick Church (619 Tenth Street, NW) on Sunday, September 11, 2011.

•Holy Trinity Church (36th at N Street, NW Washington) will hold a prayer service on Sunday, September 11, 2011 from 10:15-11:15 a.m.

•St. Catherine Laboure Church (11801 Claridge Road, Wheaton) will hold Adoration for peace the week before September 11. At the regularly schedule Masses on Sunday, September 11, 2011, the parishioners will sing patriotic songs.

•Church of the Little Flower (5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda) will have special intercessions and a special music program at the vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2011 and at the 7:30 a.m, 9:00 a.m. and Noon Masses on Sunday, September 11, 2011. In addition, Msgr. Peter Vaghi, the pastor, will devote his “Clergy Corner” in the parish bulletin to reflections on the solemn anniversary.

In addition, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has created a website, gathering first hand accounts and reflections from clergy who ministered to victims and their families and from others impacted by the tragedy. For more information, click here.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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