9/11: The Catholic Church Remembers

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September 11, 2015

USCCB – 911. For years, those numbers simply meant a call for help. Now they also remind us of September 11, 2001, the date of the worst terrorist attack on the United States of America and one of the deadliest days ever on American soil. To mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11 in 2011, we gathered reflections and remembrances from clergy who ministered to victims and their families, and others who were impacted by the tragedy.

In October 2001, the United States Congress passed a joint resolution designating that every September 11th be observed as “Patriot Day.”  The resolution requests that  U.S. government entities and interested organizations and individuals display the flag of the United States at half staff on Patriot Day and that the people of the United States observe a moment of silence  in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Here is a link to bishops’ statements and other materials for reading and reflection.

In 2009, a presidential proclamation declared that  Patriot Day is also a “National Day of Service.”  The proclamation calls on Americans to “participate in community service in honor of those our Nation lost, to observe this day with other ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services … to honor the innocent victims who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.”

A reflection by Father Jeff Ethen Diocese of St. Cloud – Minnesota Twins at a Ground Zero Hospital

A Prayer at Ground Zero
On the tenth anniversary of September 11, James Martin, S.J., returns to the spots where he and his brother Jesuits ministered in the days following the attacks. Produced by Kerry Weber.