Together in Prayer & Remembrance

Author: George West

14th Annual Blue Mass


The 14th annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated Oct. 9 (Thursday) at 5:15 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., will preside, and Rev. Charlie Kohlerman, C.S.C., will preach.

Robert Tracy, chief of Chicago Police Crime Control Strategy and former captain in the New York City police department, will offer a reflection following the Mass.

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.

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