October 1, 2017

Annual Blue Mass to be held on Oct. 14 at St. Michael’s Cathedral

Staff report

(IObserve photo/courtesy of Springfield Fire Department)


SPRINGFIELD – Springfield Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski will host the annual Blue Mass for law enforcement officials, fire and emergency personnel and their families.

The Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Cathedral on Saturday Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. All police officers, state troopers, firefighters, correctional officers and court officers, along with their families, are invited to this special celebration, which will begin with an outdoor march into the cathedral. Officers and other public safety personnel are asked to dress in their Class A uniforms and gather at 3:45.

Father Gary M. Dailey, chaplain of the Springfield Fire Department, said it is important to set aside time each year to honor those who serve our communities.

“The Blue Mass is an opportunity for the church to honor and pray for the men and women in blue who guard and protect our communities,” said Father Dailey. “At this Mass, we pray for their safety and for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.”

In 1934, the late Father Thomas Dade from the Baltimore Archdiocese initiated the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while stationed at St. Patrick Church in Washington, D.C.  About 1,100 police and firemen, dressed in blue uniforms, marched into St. Patrick Church for the celebration of the first Blue Mass on Sept. 29, 1934.

The liturgy will be taped for broadcast on Sunday morning, Oct. 14 at 10 as part of the “Chalice of Salvation” program on local NBC affiliate WWLP-22NEWS.