WASHINGTON (September 13, 2001) -- Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, and Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of Arlington (VA), will celebrate a Mass for Healing and Peace Sunday, September 16, at noon, at Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The Mass will seek God's blessing for those who died or were injured in the assaults at the World Trade Center in New York, Somerset County in Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon in Washington and for an end to violence in the world. Archbishop O'Brien will give the homily. All are welcome to attend.
Similar Masses and prayer services have been slated throughout the nation as Catholics come together for prayer and comfort.
In addition, the U.S. bishops' web site, www.usccb.org, has posted on its site liturgical resources and prayers and readings for times of crisis and information on sending donations to help those affected by the tragedy to Catholic Charities USA, 1-800-919-9338 or www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.
Archdiocese of Washington/Cardinal McCarrick: Susan Gibbs, 301-853-4516 or 301-758-7901
Diocese of Arlington/Bishop Loverde: Linda Shovlain, 703-841-2767 or 703-606-5617(cell)
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception: Peter Sonski, 202-526-8300 x 15