NEW YORK — Many varied commemorations of 9/11 will be held in and around the Province next month. They include:
• Sept. 7 — A book release party featuring Kelly Lynch, author of He Said Yes,a children’s book about Mychal Judge, at 7:00 p.m. at Tir na nOrg pub, 5 Penn Plaza, in midtown New York. The event will include live music.
Lynch, of Lancaster, Pa., who knew Mychal for many years, is the mother of Shannon Hickey the founder of Mychal’s Message whose mission, according to its Web site, is “Encountering the homeless and poor; meeting basic needs while restoring dignity with love;.”
“Sept. 7 will be a night to share stories and celebrate a man so many called friend,” she said.
• Sept. 9 — 9/11 Father Mychal F. Judge Walk of Remembrance on Sunday at 9:00 a.m. in New York City.
The event begins with the rosary and Mass in the lower church of St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street concelebrated by pastor Jerome Massimino and Christopher Keenan, chaplain to the New York Fire Department. The walk, which traces Mychal’s “final call to duty” from St. Francis Church to the World Trade Center, will begin after Mass; Chris will lead prayers at each firehouse that participants pass. The walk ends at the memorial wall at Engine 10 and Ladder 10 near the WTC site. Information is available through NYPD detective Stephen McDonald at 347-386-9400 and through Engine343FDNY@aol.com
• Sept. 11 — Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st St. in memory of the four firehouses that lost men in 2001, 9:00 a.m.
It will be concelebrated by Provincial Minister John O’Connor and Christopher Keenan. Before Mass, members of the Fire Department will line up in the street between the church and the firehouse of Hook and Ladder 24, Engine 1.
For information, contact Fr. Chris at 212-534-3535 ext. 33 or Fdnychaplainchris@yahoo.com
• Sept. 11 — Dedication of a stained glass memorial, that will be installed in front of the Carlstadt, N.J., Memorial Municipal Building, at 7:00 p.m. According to a letter sent to the Provincial Office, “The governing body feels strongly that this stained glass memorial would be a fitting tribute to those individuals who had ties to our community and to all people who lost their lives on that tragic day of Sept. 11, 2001. Many residents of Carlstadt had the pleasure of knowing Fr. Mychal when he was assigned to St. Joseph’s Church in East Rutherford,” the letter said. The window, which is 22 feet high, took two years to create, according to the mayor.
On behalf of Mayor Will Roseman, the Borough of Carlstadt, friends and admirers of Mychal Judge are invited to attend this ceremony. The event will take place at 50 Madison Street, Carlstadt. Information is available through Holy Name’s Provincial Office.
In addition, both Siena College and St. Bonaventure University are planning 9/11 commemorations.