Parishes, schools to mark 9/11 anniversary - Catholic Courier

Parishes, schools to mark 9/11 anniversary

Parishes and schools throughout the diocese will present special events to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. Some of these events are listed below:

* Bishop Matthew H. Clark will join local Protestant, Muslim and Jewish leaders Sept. 11 for a communitywide interfaith event at the George Eastman House. "Remembering 9/11 and Moving Forward Together — The Joining of Many Faiths, Many Perspectives" will begin at 4 p.m. and feature music, poetry, readings and prayers, as well as reflections from interfaith leaders.

* The 9:15 a.m. Mass at Rochester’s Sacred Heart Cathedral on Sept. 11 will feature poignant oboe music and reflections from Father Kevin McKenna, pastor.

* St. Agnes School in Avon will hold a ceremony and walk for peace at noon Sept. 11 at the Civil War monument inside the traffic circle on Routes 5 and 20. The ceremony will feature speakers, bagpipers and local first responders. After the ceremony, children carrying flags will embark on the walk.

* Students at Holy Family Middle School in Elmira will participate in a Sept. 9 prayer service around the school’s flagpole.

* St. Stanislaus Parish in Rochester will conduct a Mass of remembrance Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.

* Holy Cross School in Charlotte will hold a ceremony at the school’s flagpole at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 9.

* St. Mary Church, along with the other churches along North Main Street in Canandaigua, will conduct a joint prayer service at 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. John Episcopal Church. St. Mary also will join other churches in tolling its bells during Canandaigua’s "silent parade" at 7 p.m. that day.

* Parishioners from St. Thomas More and Our Lady Queen of Peace parishes will gather and break bread together during their annual parish picnic on Sept. 11. During the picnic a prayer will be offered for peace and in remembrance of those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and its aftermath.

* St. Joseph Parish in Penfield will present an evening of reflection, prayer and discussion in the church Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Sister of St. Joseph Patricia Schoelles, president of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry will speak about "9/11: What Have We Learned as Catholics?" St. Joseph parishioners also will participate in the Penfield Ecumenical Alliance of Churches’ CROP Hunger Walk, which will be held Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. at Penfield Town Hall Park.

* St. Helen Parish in Gates will hold a Mass and remembrance ceremony Sept. 10 on the church’s front lawn at 3:25 p.m. The ceremony will include appearances by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, local veterans and first responders, and the Gates Keystone Club Police Pipes and Drums.

* St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads will hold a Healing Field flag display on the school and church grounds Sept. 9-11. It will begin with an opening ceremony Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m., and Bishop Clark will preside over Mass at the church Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

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