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Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, 3:51 p.m.

A memorial Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 in celebration of the late Bishop Alphonse T. Mascherino, founder of the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel.

The Most Rev. Ramzi R. Musallam, archbishop of the Catholic Church of the East, will be principal celebrant.

Musallam assumed the duties of chapel director at the request of Mascherino, 69, who died on Feb. 15, 2013.

In 2002, Mascherino purchased and oversaw the renovation of the former Mizpah Lutheran Church to honor the passengers of United Flight 93.

Flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001, when passengers and crew attempted to overtake four terrorists who had hijacked the airplane. All 40 passengers and crew members died.

A monument dedicated to the plane's crew and an iron “UA93” sculpture stand outside the chapel grounds. The sanctuary walls are lined with passengers' and crew members' photos. Visitors can view various mementos related to Flight 93.

The service is open to the public.

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