- The Washington Times - Friday, October 12, 2001

The Mass was in memory of those killed in the terrorist attacks at the Pentagon and the World Trade Center one month ago yesterday, and the man celebrating it understood the pain and loss of the victims' families as much as anyone.
Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, had a close relative die in the World Trade Center attack.
"We all want to do something, to make some kind of contribution," the cardinal told hundreds who filled the wooden pews at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Northwest.
Thousands of people in Washington and New York City found ways to contribute yesterday, whether it was through prayer, fund raising or promoting understanding.
At the memorial Mass, Cardinal McCarrick asked all Catholics to fast at least one day a week until the war on terrorism is over.
"Some may say this is something they can do to make these times more bearable," he said.
In New York City last night, thousands crowded St. Patrick's Cathedral to remember the more than 5,000 people who died or are missing and presumed dead in the World Trade Center attacks. Earlier in the day, a moment of silence was observed at the World Trade Center, where workers took off their hard hats and joined arm in arm.
As people in New York and Washington prayed for those who died on Sept. 11, others took part in fund-raising activities to help the victims' families.
Around the corner from St. Matthew's church, D.C. Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey helped the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees sell 500 apple pies to raise money for the families of the New York City firefighters and police officers who died in the terrorist attack. They sold out in less than three hours, raising an estimated $5,000. They planned to return with more pies today.
"I think it's important as a country that we support one another," Chief Ramsey said from behind the booth at 17th and L streets NW. "What happened at the World Trade Center happened in New York, but what happened to them happened to us all."
At the Barnes & Noble bookstore on M Street in Georgetown, first lady Laura Bush read "Amazing Grace" to a group of schoolchildren. The reading was part of the "Close the Book on Hate" campaign, a monthlong event that was pushed up from its scheduled start on Oct. 15.
During the hourlong "Month's Mind Mass," Cardinal McCarrick and those in attendance prayed for the estimated 5,400 people who died at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and on the four hijacked jets.
The attacks hit the cardinal too close to home: His cousin's son was one of the roughly 300 New York City firefighters who died trying to rescue others.
Cardinal McCarrick told congregants telephone calls and messages help comfort those who have lost loved ones in the attacks. The cardinal thanked Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, who attended yesterday's memorial, for calling him several weeks ago and offering his family's prayers for the cardinal's loss.
"It's things like that that have made the loss a little bit more bearable," the cardinal told the congregants.
"It gives us strength to know that the Lord is there for us so we could continue with our lives."
During his homily, the cardinal spoke of the goodness that came out of the tragedies, as people reached out to help one another.
"We don't do that so much. But there was so much love, so much goodness in the midst of so much terror, so much destruction and so much evil. We must never forget that," he said.
The cardinal and the congregants joined in singing the national anthem and "America the Beautiful" before ending the service.
Brian O'Connell, a 35-year-old architect from Northwest, said he attended the service to pay tribute to two friends who died at the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center.
"The attacks definitely hit my wife and I pretty hard," he said after the service. "It was nice to be close to people who came here for the same reason."
Last night, Cardinal McCarrick was expected to hold an interfaith service at St. Thomas More Cathedral in Arlington.
People across the Washington area marked the day in a variety of ways.
Hundreds of local schoolchildren, religious leaders and ambassadors attended a rally at the Lincoln Memorial to pay tribute to the victims and their children, and to show that Americans won't live in fear. Former morning talk-show host and singer Kathie Lee Gifford headlined the late-morning event, which was called "Remember the Children."
"Despite our fears at this critical time in history, we need to go on with our daily lives," said Richard E. Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., which organized the event.
Meanwhile, hundreds of local restaurants and bars took part in the Dine-for-America campaign, donating all proceeds to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
* Matthew Cella contributed to this report, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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