Masses, Observances Planned in Archdiocese for 9/11 Anniversary


Archbishop Dolan will celebrate two Memorial Masses on Sunday, Sept. 11, in observance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

The first will be at 9 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, where numerous Memorial Masses and funerals were held in the days, weeks and months following Sept. 11, 2001.

Then the archbishop will celebrate a Mass at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church at Barclay and Church streets across from the site where the World Trade Center towers stood. Cardinal Egan, who prayed and served with victims, rescue workers and families in the aftermath of the attacks, will be the homilist. St. Peter’s, which was damaged by falling debris on 9/11, was a hub for volunteers, firefighters and workers immediately after the attacks.

The archbishop will speak Sept. 8 at a New York Police Department ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, he will lead a New York Fire Department prayer service Sept. 10 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and he will speak at a Cantor Fitzgerald memorial service in Central Park Sept. 11. The Cantor Fitzgerald financial services firm lost 658 employees at its World Trade Center offices.

Archbishop Dolan also has granted permission to parishes in the archdiocese to use a Mass formulary fitting for the occasion on Sunday, Sept. 11. Auxiliary Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan, vicar general, suggested in a memo to pastors that the Mass for Peace and Justice, with white vestments, or the Mass for Time of War or Civil Disturbance, with purple vestments, might be appropriate.

In some parishes, a Mass for the Dead might be appropriate as a Memorial Mass for the victims of the attacks, especially parishes with particular ties to individuals who died that day or in churches in close proximity to the site of the attacks, Bishop Sullivan said.

In addition, many churches throughout the city will toll their bells at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., the times that the Twin Towers were struck by hijacked planes.

Other memorial events in the archdiocese include:

Sunday, Sept. 4

• 9 a.m. Rosary and Mass followed by annual walk of remembrance for Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M., the Fire Department chaplain who was the first 9/11 victim to be identified. St. Francis of Assisi Church, Manhattan.

Thursday, Sept. 8

• 10:30 a.m. New York Police Department ceremony at Avery Fisher Hall. Archbishop Dolan to speak.

Friday, Sept. 9

• Noon. Commemoration service at Iona College, New Rochelle, to honor the 15 deceased alumni and other members of the college community. This culminates several 9/11 observances Iona will hold beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

• 3:30 p.m. Commemorative service at Manhattan College Chapel in the Bronx, with former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, ‘65, to speak. As mayor, Giuliani led the city’s response after the attacks. Two students will read from an off-Broadway play “The Guys” about a writer working with a fire captain to draft eulogies for firemen who were killed.

Saturday, Sept. 10

• Display of Victims Memorial Quilt at St. John’s University Staten Island campus. Free and open to the public. Through Monday, Sept. 12.

• 3 p.m. Prayer service led by Archbishop Dolan for New York City Fire Department, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

• 3 p.m. Memorial concert by NYC Master Chorale and Empire City Men’s Chorus at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Manhattan.

• 4:30 p.m. Evening of Solemn Remembrance at St. Peter’s Church, Staten Island. Program includes Mass, music, Benediction and candlelight procession within the church, which overlooks New York Harbor. Adoration until 7:30 p.m.

• 5:30 p.m. Pueri Cantores, 300 young singers from parish and school choirs, to sing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at Mass honoring victims and their families. Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, the Vatican’s nuncio to the United Nations, will celebrate.

Sunday, Sept. 11

• 9 a.m., Archbishop celebrates Memorial Mass, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

• 12:30 p.m. Archbishop celebrates, Cardinal Egan gives homily at Mass at St. Peter’s Church, Barclay Street, near Ground Zero.

• 2:30 p.m. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Middletown, will have remembrance service: “A Prayer for Peace, A Pledge for Tomorrow.”

• 3:30 p.m. Cantor Fitzgerald memorial service, Central Park. Archbishop Dolan to speak.

• 4 p.m., Choral remembrance at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, Manhattan.

• 7 p.m., Atonement Friars and Garrison Volunteer Fire Company will hold candlelight prayer service at the WTC Memorial Cross erected by ironworkers of Local 40, New York City, from steel girders and ash from Ground Zero at Graymoor, Garrison. Putnam County Sheriff, Brig. Gen. Donald B. Smith, (US Army, Ret.), will speak.