St Patrick’s in Armonk Commemorate the Victims of September 11th.
Anthony Mestice of Resurrection Parish in
The Community of St Patrick suffered several losses in the attacks of September 11th. Parishioner Tom Palazzo died that day, as well as Firefighter Charles Garbarini, who lived in Pleasantville. In addition, like every other community, St Patrick’s parishioners all had relatives or friends or acquaintances who went to God that day.
time, the parish council had deliberated on the possibility of a cross
identifying their parish campus. Several
visitors to Armonk have said that they did not know that they were passing the
church since the church edifice is in off the road. In addition, with the growth of the local
shrine was designed by Joe Bilotti of
Father John Quinn, pastor of the parish, made the connection with the victims of violence and the cross back on September 14th. That Friday was a National Day of Mourning for the victims of terror on September 11th. For Catholics, it was the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross.
Catholics can, through faith, see
the multivalent symbolism between the death of Jesus Christ, a victim Himself
of the institutional terrorism of the
The Parish Council and Father Quinn decided that an apt day for the dedication of the new Cross and Shrine would be Christ the King Sunday, November 25th.
That day, Catholics throughout the world heard Luke describe Jesus’ last moments on the cross. In addition to resisting the triple temptation to “save yourself” jeered at Him, the dying Jesus turned to a criminal hanging on the cross alongside Him and said, “This day, you will be with Me in paradise.” In his dying gasps, Jesus still thought of others more than Himself. He wants all of us to try to do the same with His Help.
Hundreds of parishioners in
procession moved from the church to the area of the new cross for its solemn
blessing by Bishop Mestice. As one participant said, “it was like the
It is hoped that many from the community will see the Shrine of the Holy Cross as a wayside place to come and pray. Later, a bench and a permanent commemorative plaque will be placed there.