Message from the Pastor

September 19 Issue of the Holy Trinity Bulletin

 

What an amazing variety of parish ministries was displayed at last weekend’s Holy Trinity Ministry Fair. More than 50 parish ministries were represented, from our parish’s book discussion group to our Zen meditation. The event gave evidence of the rich array of our parish ministries.

I am most grateful for all who organized and participated in this outdoor two day event that followed five masses. First proposed last spring, when the COVID vaccinations were beginning to take effect, the event was designed to recruit volunteers for parish events and programs and to reopen, at least symbolically, our parish activities. Of course, the Delta variant has forced us to open the doors of our parish activities more slowly than we would have liked. The fair, nevertheless, accomplished its recruitment goals as dozens of volunteers signed up and hundreds of parishioners attended. This engagement by parishioners indicated dramatically a desire to return in person parish activities and events.

Last weekend’s ministry fair happened to coincide with the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Given the festivity of the fair, we have chosen to postpone, by a week, a special commemoration service of that tragic day. This Sunday we will have a special 9/11 commemoration by offering parishioners an opportunity to tell their stories. Everyone has a story of where they were when they first heard about the planes crashing into the world trade center in New York, into the pentagon here in Washington and crashing to the ground in the remote Pennsylvanian town of Shanksville. Where were you? How do you remember September 11, 2001 and the subsequent days, weeks and months? Veteran parishioners have informed me that those 20 years ago on the Sunday following the tragedies the church was filled to capacity at every Mass. Perhaps you were one of those who attended. You are invited to tell your story this Sunday morning at 10:15 in McKenna Hall. The storytelling is meant for us to find solidarity and a sense of unity.

Below is a photo of a flag I purchased some years ago on a visit to ground zero and which has been displayed on the fence by the steps leading to the main entrance of our church. The names of the 2,997 men, women and children from 78 nations who died in all three in New York, Shanksville and Washington are inscribed on the flag. Following the sharing of stories we will remember in prayer these deceased and thousands of other casualties of that fateful day. The commemoration will conclude with a brief prayer service, lifting the stories and all the people who died then and since then to our God’s loving embrace.