The Diocese of Palm Beach will hold its annual Blue Mass Wednesday, October 2nd at 8:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 North Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens.
The Mass is open to members of all denominations and to all active and retired U.S. Marshals, sheriff’s officers, police officers, firefighters, first responders, paramedics, and other safety personnel from the state, national and local levels. Family members and family members of those who have fallen are encouraged to attend. And of course the public is invited to show their appreciation of the men and women who serve and protect the community.
The First Blue Mass was celebrated by Father Thomas Dade on Sept. 29, 1934 in Baltimore, Maryland. Father Dade is the founder of the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society. The Blue Mass, so-named because of the predominantly blue-colored uniforms of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical providers, has become increasingly popular throughout the country since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“Through the Eucharistic celebration, the Mass provides an opportunity to show gratitude to those who risk their lives to maintain the safety and welfare of society.”
A reception will follow the Mass. For information, visit https://bit.ly/2ks5l7D or call 561-775-9561.