2015 Annual Blue Mass

2015 Annual Blue Mass

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The 2015 Blue Mass will be celebrated Thursday, October 1st, at 5:15 PM at the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. All are welcome to attend.

Our guest speaker will be retired Deputy District Chief Steve Chikerotis from the Chicago Fire Department. As Deputy District Chief he oversaw operations for 30 fire stations and 7 Battalions. Chief Chikerotis is a published author and for the last 25 years has worked as a screenwriter, story line consultant and has been a technical adviser for such movies as Backdraft and is now currently working on the NBC television show “Chicago Fire.”

Since October 2001, the University of Notre Dame has held an annual Mass honoring police officers, emergency medical technicians and firefighters who have lost their life in the line of duty and those who serve and protect us on a daily basis. The Blue Mass is named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by police officers and firefighters nationwide. The date for this observance is chosen annually to be as close as possible to the the “month’s mind” events of September 11th, 2001, in accordance with an ancient tradition of the Catholic Church in which the souls of the faithful departed are remembered in a special way thirty days after their passing.