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September 9, 2002


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will observe the anniversary of September 11th
with Masses and prayer services at parishes and schools

Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be in Washington, D.C. for administrative meetings with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on September 11th and will concelebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington at 12 Noon.

Cardinal Bevilacqua will be taping a special message for September 11th (embargoed until September 11th). It is available by contacting the Office for Communications at 215-587-3747.

Cardinal Bevilacqua encouraged each of the 282 parishes of the Archdiocese to plan a Mass or a Prayer Service in commemoration of the events of September 11th. Archdiocesan high schools and parish elementary schools will also commemorate this day with special Masses, Prayer Services or other observances.

Masses at
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

7:15 a.m.
Mass in Chapel

8:00 a.m.
Mass in Chapel (Will conclude with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.)

12:05 p.m.
Mass in Cathedral (Celebrant is Most Reverend Joseph F. Martino, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia)

12:35 p.m.
Mass in Chapel

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Quiet Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Cathedral

6:00 p.m.
Mass in Cathedral for the Souls of the Faithful Departed (Celebrant is Reverend Monsignor John A. Close, Rector of the Cathedral)

St. Mark Parish Elementary School,
located at 1024 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, Bucks County, will hold a Day of Remembrance on Wednesday, September 11th. At 8:46 a.m., the Church bells will ring, followed by a brief prayer service and a presentation of a memorial wreath in the grotto in front of the school. Representatives of area police and fire departments will be present. A memorial Mass in Saint Mark Church immediately follows.

Cardinal Dougherty High School, located at 6301North Second Street in Philadelphia, will conduct a service of prayer and remembrance from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the school. All police, fire and school crossing guard personnel who are alumni of the school are invited to attend.


Donna Farrell
Broadcast and Media Specialist

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