Words to remember 9/11 and New York City

Above the entrance looking out over New York harbor, is a white marble statue of Mother Elizabeth Seton sculpted by Robert E. Gaspari.  Francis Cardinal Spellman dedicated the shrine on September 8, 1965.

St Peter’s Church Our Lady of the Rosary


Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

New York City

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4

I took this photo in August 2013, the only time I have ever visited New York City. I created this graphic with the YouVersion Bible App, download on the App Store 

This post originally published September 10, 2016 and updated September 9, 2022.

about Elizabeth Ann Seton

Through the efforts of Charlotte Grace O’Brien, this church was originally established as a mission for female Irish immigrants coming to America during the late 19th century.

Elizabeth Ann Seton occupies a unique place in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States. She established the first free Catholic school for girls in the nation and founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.  In 1975 she became the first American-born saint to be canonized by the Vatican.

Above the entrance, looking out over New York harbor, is a white marble statue of Mother Elizabeth Seton sculpted by Robert E. Gaspari.  Francis Cardinal Spellman dedicated the shrine on September 8, 1965.

For many years, St Peter’s had become primarily a service church, a kind of parish-away-from-home for thousands who filled the area each workday.  Then, after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, both St Peter’s and her chapel, St Joseph’s in Battery Park City, were used as staging grounds for rescue and recovery operations.

“We were the first place they were bringing all the emergency equipment. Everything was in disarray,” then-pastor Fr Kevin Madigan stated. “Supplies were piled six feet high all over the pews, bandages, gas masks, boots, hoses and cans of food for the workers and the volunteers, many of whom were sleeping in the pews on bedrolls.” 

The Church celebrated Masses occasionally, but only for the rescue workers and those few others with credentials to enter the area.

In 2015, the Parish of the Our Lady of the Rosary was merged back into St Peter’s Parish to form St Peter -Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.

During the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, both churches suspended in person services to protect their parishioners and the community.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Matthew 5:4, NIV

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exploring the Sermon on the Mount

Matthew 5:4 is one of the Beatitudes, from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Other posts in this series include –

How to satisfy hunger and thirst

The surprising blessing of discomfort

How to be blessed, happy, and healthy

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Dr Aletha

“It’s time to break the stigma of mental illness.”

 

Pastors Rick and Kay Warren are the parents of a young man who suffered from mental illness and committed suicide. They are committed to destigmatizing this illness and helping other families cope.

 

Suicide seems random but is predictable. The majority of people who commit suicide have suffered from mental illness for a long time, and may even have had previous attempts;  unfortunately, acquaintances, friends, even family may not know this.

Here are some facts  about suicide

  • Most suicide victims in the United States are white men.
  • Guns are the most common means of suicide, followed by suffocation and poison.
  • There is often a family history of mental illness and suicide .
  • Major depression is the most common cause of suicide- 90% of victims.
  • Suicide may be triggered by recent or prolonged stress and loss, serious health problems and chronic pain.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone who you think may be at risk of suicide. You may save that person’s life. Here are some resources to help you know what to do.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

National Alliance on Mental Health

Desiring God depression articles

Print resources (purchase through these affiliate links may pay a commission to this blog; thank you)

New Light on Depression

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Night Falls Fast; Understanding Suicide

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Finding Your Way after the Suicide of Someone You Love

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Loved Back to Life

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