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Published on Dec 1, 2018
The Department of Maryland, Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary partnered with the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore to celebrate the Blue Mass held on September 30, 2018, at St. Casimir's Catholic Church in Canton. The Mass was celebrated by Most Reverend Archbishop William E. Lori.
History of the “Blue Mass:” -- In 1934, a Catholic Priest by the name of Thomas Dade from Baltimore initiated the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while stationed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. About 1,100 police and firemen dressed in blue uniforms marched into St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for the celebration of the first “Blue Mass” on September 29, 1934. Since then, the “Blue Mass” has become a tradition in which the local community gathers to celebrate and thank those who serve their community as policemen and women, firefighters, EMS and military responders as well as to offer prayers to God for their continued protection.
First responders from federal, state and local jurisdictions and a grateful community gathered on September 30, 2018, to honor and remember those who have fallen and to support those who continue to serve our community. The Blue Mass is named for the color blue which relates to the blue-colored uniforms predominantly used by Police, Fire, EMS and other services.
This Mass gave all an opportunity to show gratitude to and pray for First Responders and their families. Our First Responders offer daily and dedicated service to protecting our communities. All who attended expressed gratefulness for the selfless sacrifices our Frist Responders make and pray that God will bless and watch over them always. HONORING MARYLAND FIRST RESPONDERS ~ STRENGTH ~ COURAGE ~ SERVICE ~