By Colleen Rowan
WHEELING—In remembrance of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and in conjunction with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ call for a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities, St. Michael Parish in Wheeling is holding a prayer service Sept. 9.
The gathering will begin at 2 p.m. and is open to the community. All are welcome to attend.
Chad Carter, chancellor of the diocese who is also a member of St. Michael’s, said that it is important to have this service at this time for the community.
“The continued need to pray for peace and justice is evident in our world each and every day,” Carter said. “With our young students, we need to educate them about what caused the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and to remember the countless lives that were changed on that day. Moreover, we must instill in our children the need for all of us to work together to end the continued hatred and violence that seems to be growing in our society. As the song says, ‘Let there be peace on earth… and let it begin with me.’”
The U.S. bishops called on dioceses to hold the Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities in light of incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the country. The date of Sept. 9 was chosen for the feast of St. Peter Claver.