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Local churches to reflect on tragedy

Gary Moskowitz

Many local churches will be hosting special services this week in

remembrance of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.

For Father Joseph Shea of Holy Family Catholic Church, special


services dedicated to remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11

can help people avoid being intimidated by fear.

“We can all benefit from building ourselves up as a community and

in a sense join hands with each other,” Shea said. “It says in


Scripture that faith and love can cast out fear, and God can help us

to do that.”

The following is a list of services throughout the city that will

focus on healing in a world changed forever by the Sept. 11 terrorist

attacks. All services are open to the public.

* A special worship service will focus on how Sept. 11 has

affected people at 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 610

N. Glendale Ave. in Glendale. For more information, call 244-3747,


ext. 224.

* A healing and prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at

the First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1320 N. Brand Blvd. For more

information, call 242-1493.

* A special spiritual service will be at noon Wednesday at the

Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. The

service will honor and remember those lost in the tragedy and bless

the country and those who live in it. For more information, call



* A service of prayer and meditation will be from 11 a.m. to 1

p.m. Wednesday at Grandview Presbyterian Church, 1130 Ru- berta Ave.

Individuals are invited to participate in scriptural readings, music

and communion. People who attend the remembrance service can come as

they are able and leave as they must. For more information, call


* A special prayer service of remembrance and hope will

commemorate the attacks of Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at

Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave. in

Montrose. The church sanctuary will also be open for prayer and

meditation from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday. For more information,

call 249-6173.

* Four special masses will be dedicated to Sept. 11 victims

Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 220 E. Elk Ave. The Blessed

Sacrament will be exposed all day and masses will be at 6:30 a.m., 8

a.m., 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. A prayer for peace will be made at all

services and the church will ring its bells at 8:45 a.m. For more

information, call 247-2222.

* A silent prayer will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

at Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta. A

20-minute guided meditation will commemorate the events of Sept. 11

will begin at 7 p.m. The Rev. Thomas Witherspoon will discuss the

book of Revelation in a one-hour class at 7:30 p.m. For more

information, call 249-4396.

* La Canada Presbyterian Church will host a special Sept. 11

reading, choir music and display artwork for a 7 p.m. service at the

church, 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Canada Flintridge. Four pastors will

speak at the service. For more information, call 790-6758, ext. 226.

* A non-denominational world healing meditation will be Wednesday

at the La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave.

in La Crescenta. The program will include music, readings, candle

lighting and prayer. The church could not be reached for service

times. For more information, call 249-1045.

* A candlelight service of remembrance honoring the victims of

Sept. 11 will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Salem Lutheran Church and

Elementary School, 1211 N. Brand Blvd. For more information, call


* A community memorial prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday

at Montrose Nazarene Church, 2409 Florencita Ave. in Montrose. Pastor

David Roberts will lead the service. For more information, call


* An awakenings service devoted to remembering Sept. 11 will be

at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, 1509

Wilson Terrace, in Glendale. For more information, call 409-8000.

* A service of remembrance will be at 10 a.m. Sunday at St.

Mathew’s Church of Glendale/Burbank, 1920 W. Glenoaks Blvd. in

Glendale. The service is designed to help people deal with issues

surrounding the terrorist attacks. For more information, call