St. Joseph, KC churches, schools plan Sept. 11 memorial events
By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Reporter
KANSAS CITY - In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, churches and civic groups across St. Joseph are planning prayer and patriotic services.
Beginning at 7:48 a.m, church bells will be rung throughout the city. An ecumenical prayer service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 207 N. 7th St., St. Joseph. The service begins at 12:15 p.m. A musical memorial, "Sing Out for Peace," begins at 6 p.m. at the Missouri Theater.
Masses will be celebrated to memorialize Sept. 11 at four area Catholic churches. Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 519 N. 10th St., will have Mass at 8:10 a.m. St. Francis Xavier Church, 2618 Seneca St., will have Mass at 8:15 a.m. Both St. James Church, 5815 Pryor, and Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 4503 Frederick Blvd., will have Masses at 8 a.m. St. Mary Parish, 1606 N. 2nd St., will have Adoration of the Eucharist from 9 a.m. to noon.
Cathedral School, 518 N. 11th St., will hold a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. St. Francis Xavier School, 2614 Seneca St., plans a patriotic Rosary around the flagpole at 2 p.m. St. James School, 120 Michigan St., will hold a prayer service at 2:30 p.m. A prayer service at St. Patrick School, 1813 S. 12th St., is being planned.
Conception Abbey, in a joint effort with the Maryville and Stanberry ministerial alliances, will hold an ecumenical prayer service at 7 p.m. at the abbey. The service will include prayers for the victims of the terrorist attacks a year ago, their families, the men and women killed in the ongoing war against terrorism, and for world peace.
Participants in the prayer service are invited to bring a canned food item for the Maryville Food Bank and the Stanberry Ministry Center.
On the morning of Sept. 11, the abbey will join the Maryville Ministerial Alliance and the American Legion in a special ringing of church bells.
Bells will toll 11 times at 8:45 a.m. to remember those killed when United Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.
At 9:03 a.m., the bells will toll another 11 times in memory of those who died when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the World Trade Center's south tower.
Another 11 tolls at 9:43 a.m. will commemorate the victims killed when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
Finally, the bells will toll 11 times at 10 a.m. to remember those who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa.
Members of the clergy and the public are invited to the prayer service.
In Kansas City, Rockhurst University students and members of the Rockhurst community will begin reading the names of the victims at 8:45 a.m. in the bell tower quadrangle at Troost Avenue and 54th Street. The bells will toll periodically throughout the day as a memorial and an ecumenical prayer service will be held at 3:45 p.m., also at the bell tower.
A 7 p.m. prayer service will be held at St. Patrick Church, 1357 N.E. 42nd Terr., Kansas City. The public is invited to join the parish family for a special memorial service honoring Sept. 11 victims and their families, and local police, firefighters, nurses, doctors and emergency medical personnel. The service will include prayers for all whose lives were shattered by the terrorist attacks. For more information call the parish at (816) 453-5510.
A story in the Aug. 30 Catholic Key gave a schedule of other events commemorating Sept. 11, 2001. The story can be found on the Catholic Key Web site, www.catholickey.org. For additional information see the Kansas City Interfaith Council Web site, www.cres.org/911. Parishes and schools will also have information about planned memorials and worship services.