Desk of Fr. Slater: Remembering September 11, 2001
It has been sixteen years since the terrorist attacks on our country September 11, 2001. As a people, we were drawn together by a terrible grief as we mourned the loss of so many who had suddenly been taken from us. Our parish community was deeply touched by the deaths of our parishioners – Christy Addamo, Jennifer Howley and her unborn child, Gerald Olcott, Gregory Reda, Michael Lynch NYFD, and Matthew Gryzmalski. We mourned their loss as we gathered with their families, loved ones, and friends. We cried then and we still cry today.
As Christians, our faith in Jesus Christ, crucified and raised from the dead, enables us to have hope aware that the power of evil and all its manifestations can not overcome the power of God. While our faith does not numb us to the pain of sorrow and loss, it enables us to trust that God is with us and that those whom we mourn are in His care. We will never cease to pray for them, for their families, their friends. May anguished hearts experience the peace that God alone can give. May those who mourn find comfort in knowing that those whom we love and miss terribly are, as it says in the Book of Wisdom, “in the hand of God and no torment shall touch them” ever again.
This Monday evening, September 11th, we will come together in our church for our annual 9/11 Memorial Mass. If possible, please come and join with us.