Our Lady of America embraced and honored by area's Police and Fire First Responders.
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While still in Her protective box, She was transported to the Holland tunnel by the Jackson Mills N.J. Fire department where they were met by officials from The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She received a police escort through the Holland Tunnel and directly to The Church of St. Peter, one block from WTC - Ground Zero.
When thanked by volunteers of the Our Lady of America Center, Officer Joseph Molina said with a smile "Anything for Mary!"
As the firemen carried Her up the stairs of The Church of St. Peter, Father Kevin Madigan, Pastor received Our Lady. Bystanders were watching the firemen carrying this precious statue, knowing something very significant was occurring.
The firemen were taken aback with excitement and wonder as they first laid eyes on Our Lady as the protective box was opened.
It was as though Our Lady was releasing Her graces for getting Her to where Her Son is truly present, for all Her children and especially for the families of those that had been taken in the 9-11 attacks.
As She was carried into the church She seemed to come alive; It was the powerful, commanding and gentle movement of Her reaching Her beloved Son and Her earthly spouse
Befittingly, She was placed in the perfect position, crowned and placed on Her pedestal in front of St. Joseph’s statue and the infant Child Jesus, which seemed to emanate an essence of joy that She had arrived to join them. The Holy Family radiated with joy, knowing of the graces available to America and the World through the gift of Our Lady of America!
The three day journey from St. Louis, Missouri was now complete!
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September 11, 2007 - 6th Anniversary
Fr .Peter Damian Mary Fehlner, FI, world re-nowned Mariologist, along with the most distinguish, Spiritual Theologian, Fr. Basil Cole, O.P., traveled to offer prayers and support for the fallen responders, their families, all who were affected by the 9-11 attacks and the Our Lady of America volunteers. The priests were also instrumental in explaining the message of hope and joy brought to this country through devotion to Our Lady of America and our response to Her request. (See video)
The day started off with a 9:00am Mass with Fr. Peter Damian Mary Fehlner, F.I. celebrating.
The faithful present in St. Peters Church at 11:00 a.m. prayed the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. At this time the statue was moved out to the front portico of The Ch
Throughout the day throngs of people were praying, touching and learning of the messages of Our Lady of America!
Beginning at 2:00pm, there was a ceremony for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Police 9/11 victims. Former governor of
The NY-NJ Port Authority played the bagpipes serenading Our Lady of America.
At 3:00pm, Governor Spitzer of
Captain Jose Rodriguez and
Captain Jose Rodriguez andDeputy Chief Richard Zeiser
The Blessed mother was then carried and raised onto The
As the Newark Fire Dept.’s unit was moving on towards St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the 5:00 pm Mass and consecration, the famous
Engine #10 led the caisson unit of the Newark Fire Dept. with Our Lady of America on board from Church St. NYC, around ground zero, up the Avenue of the
Upon arrival at St. Patrick’s Cathedral; Rev. Monsignor Robert Ritchie, rector of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, received Her. People in throngs waiting for Our Lady formed a large crowd of the faithful and approached Our Lady while still aboard the fire truck. Many waited for some time to take pictures, touching, and honoring Her. One woman indicated that she had flown in from
Our Lady was then taken off of the Fire Truck by The Newark Fire Department officers Deputy Chief Richard Zeiser, Battalion Chief Jack Doll, Captain Jose Rodriguez, Captain Frank Fonseca, Don Gilmartin, Frank Bellina and his wife Joann Bellina, accompanied by Father Anthony Forte, Newark Fire Department Chaplin, and Assoc. Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Oliver Street, Newark, NJ.
With the honors fitting the Queen of Heaven, She was processed into St. Patrick’s Cathedral up the center isle and temporarily placed in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. Archbishop Burke’s letter to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that “ Our Lady of America being the Patron of the United States and Our Lady of Guadalupe being the Empress of The Americas is completely harmonious”. After the 5:00pm Mass, the devotion to Our Lady of America was explained by Father Anthony Forte, and Father Angelo Gieger, F.I. to the large assembly of the faithful . Afterwards Rev. Monsignor Ritchie performed the consecration to Our Lady of America. Many were joyed that they had finally gotten to see her. The Newark Fire Department then carried Our Queen out of the Cathedral and onto Her next stop; Our Lady of the Angelus Church, Rego Park, NY.
As the fire engines roared Engine 65 of Rego Park took over the escort, with the police department’s cars en-trail. it was on to another Church venue to visit Her children, who were wanting to receive Her. Fire and Police vehicles escorted Her towards the
As night was falling upon the
Like them, Our Lady of America reminds our Nation, The United States of America that we will make Her proud again, by living the message of Purity. May we give ourselves unconditionally like the First Responders of our great land, who sacrifice and put their lives on the line everyday. In the cities and the towns of this great nation, their families allow themselves to come second so their loved one’s can respond to their call to serve. May we begin with their example of heroism, to be brave enough to love without measure, unconditionally, without reserve and to respond to our calling as did Mary the Blessed Virgin with Her “FIAT”. May we respond as did Our Lord Jesus Christ who said “Father, not my will but your will be done”. May we follow the selfless example of the first responders on 9/11, who with all odds against them said “Lets go! There are people up there!”
We will never forget or leave anyone’s memory behind. September 11, 2001 was an awakening and a labor pang. Starting today, come and join us in this visitation of Our Lady of America.
Please pray for America's First Responders and their families.
Please pray for America's First Responders and their families.
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