A special 9/11 prayer service and the Mass was held at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on Sunday morning at 9 o’clock. Many people gathered to pray for the victims of the terrorist’s attacks and for the brave man and women who rushed to help them. We also prayed for the service women and men who fight terrorism and protect freedom and peace.
Entrance Procession – SONG – America the Beautiful
Praised be Jesus Christ! I’d like to welcome all of you, especially representatives of various posts of Veterans. Thank you all for coming to this prayer service and Mass remembering the events of September 11, 2001. As we gather here, we remember the many people who died in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. We want to pray for them and their families. We recall the police, fire fighters, medics and chaplains who were the first responders, and we are grateful for their sacrifice. Many among us know someone who was personally affected by the events on 9/11 -friends, relatives, coworkers. We remember them, as well. Lastly, we think of the soldiers who are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq as a result of 9/11, and their families. Let us gather all these people into our hearts, along with all our love and concern, and lift them up to God.
Now I will ask Mr. John Pieprzak, Commander of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Veterans Post # 1771 to light the paschal candle, which reminds us that Christ is the light of the world and that through Him we may find peace. We also light this candle to honor all the victims of 9/11.
LIGTHNING OF THE PASCHAL CANDLE
Loving God, we lift up to you all those people affected by 9/11whom. We lift up our prayers and our concerns and our desire to bring your love to a broken world. Send your Holy Spirit among us now, O God, to open our hearts and minds to your presence. We know you are a God of life, not death; you are a God of mercy, not vengeance. Lead us into holy actions that will glorify you and honor those who died. As we turn our attention to scripture, open our ears to hear your life-giving Word, and stir our souls to respond to the grace you so freely bestow. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.
Let us now listen to special poems written by the students of St. Stanislaus Kostka School in 2001, when they were in 3rd or 4th grade. Please listen to Julia Kamuda and Jennifer Savery who read for her sister Lauren.
They stood tall with pride
Until the day that made us cry.
Now they are up in the sky;
Making sure that we will not die.
(Julia, gr 3)
We love you two so much
But now you two are crushed.
We sing songs to honor you.
For all the pride we have.
Now it’s time to say
God Bless the USA.
(Lauren gr. 3)
You stood so tall,
until the day you did fall.
Frightened tears came to our hearts,
the planes came like flying darts.
People ran through the streets so fast,
the twins went down in a flash.
The twins went down that day,
they went to heaven we pray.
The children that lost their parents are scared,
they need their family’s love and care.
The twins are still in our hearts today,
We thank them for what they’ve
done in every way.
(Samantha Wojtukiewicz 4B)
"What a Difference a Day Makes." – anonymous author
On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools.
On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where someone was NOT praying.
On Monday there were people trying to separate each other by race, sex, color and creed.
On Tuesday they were all holding hands.
On Monday we thought that we were secure.
On Tuesday we learned better.
On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes.
On Tuesday we relearned what hero meant.
On Monday people went to work at the World Trade Center as usual.
On Tuesday many died.
On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room.
On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their kids.
On Monday people were upset that their dry cleaning was not ready on time.
On Tuesday they were lined up for hours to give blood for the dying.
On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses.
On Tuesday, grief-stricken, they sang "God Bless America. "
POEM BY VERONICA SZCZYGIEL
REMEMBERING PEOPLE – NAMES
In front of the church we have a simple yet powerful decoration for this sad occasion. There you can see posters made by students of SSK in 2001, two pictures and composition of flowers. And there are also two special flags – Flags of Honor. On the first one you can find almost 3 thousand names of all the people who lost their lives in the attacks. On the other flag there are names of all the brave man and women, first responders to the sites of the attack, who lost their lives there. We keep them all in our hearts and prayers.
At this moment if you had known any person who died in the attack please feel free to rise and say that name aloud.
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And now let us pray for all the souls – through the intercession of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Queen of all the faithful – Hail Mary… Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
The sound of bell will remind us about four planes that were used in the attack. After each strike of bell we will observe a moment of silence.
SONG – God bless America
PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFULL – PETITIONS — read during the Eucharist:
Priest: To our Heavenly Father let us now offer our petitions:
(read by Veterans)
For the Church, that she may continue to provide care and healing for all, especially those affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001, we pray to the Lord…
(All respond – Lord, hear our prayer)
For all those whose lives were taken cruelly and unsuspectingly in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, those who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, that their unearned suffering may prove redemptive in God’s plan for the salvation of the world, we pray to the Lord…
For the families of those who gave their lives on 9/11, that their grief and sorrow and tears may bring life and light to New York City and the United States of America, we pray to the Lord…
For the first responders on 9/11, that they may receive the help, care and protection they need to lead healthy and productive lives, we pray to the Lord…
For those now fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, a result of the attacks, for civil servants who protect us and keep us safe, and for all who live with war and violence , we pray to the Lord…
(read by SSKC Academy students)
For all victims of violence and terrorism around the world, and for their families, that they may find comfort and peace, we pray to the Lord…
That the mercy of God and the compassion of the Heart of Jesus may find entrance into the hateful and revengeful hearts of those intent on hurting America, we pray to the Lord…
Like Jesus’ death on the Cross, may the sacrifice of 3000 lives on 9/11 transform – death to life, darkness to light, destruction to rebirth, evil to good, and hate to forgiveness, we pray to the Lord…
For all of us, that as we follow Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we would redouble our efforts to be peacemakers in our families, schools, communities and world, we pray to the Lord…
For the ability to forgive and for an end to all hatred, beginning in our own hearts, we pray to the Lord…
Priest: We offer up our prayers and our concerns to You, O God, of Love and Peace. Send your Holy Spirit among us now, and fill the world with your presence. Lead all people into holy deeds that will glorify Your name bring respect for others. AMEN.