Shortly, we will commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York, The Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were most directly affected by this tragedy—those who died, were injured or lost loved ones, and with the people of our nation and world who were also affected in profound ways by such heinous acts.
Ten years ago the bishops of the United States issued a Pastoral Message, Living with Faith and Hope after September 11, in which we drew on the rich resources of our Catholic faith to minister to our nation and world. That Pastoral Message continues to ring true today.
Some information and resources have been prepared by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist dioceses and parishes in local efforts to observe the anniversary. The USCCB has compiled a collection of web resources that include pictures, videos and essays that highlight peoples’ firsthand experiences of pain and hope from the disaster. Liturgical materials and a link to the bishops’ original 9/11 statement are also available. These resources can be found by clicking here.
In response to a U.S. Senate resolution calling on our nation to commemorate this anniversary by ceasing all work or other activity, churches, firehouses and other institutions will ring bells and sound sirens at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011.
Since September 11 occurs on a Sunday, pastors and directors of liturgy are asked to determine whether participation in ringing bells is possible with Sunday Mass schedules and other activities of the Church.
On September 11 at 3:00 p.m., a concert will be held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe Choir in Orlando titled, September 11- We Will Never Forget, featuring the Basilica Choir and Brass Ensemble under the direction of William Picher. The concert will be a tribute to those who were lost and well as the heroes who continue to inspire us. For more information, click here.