The Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Palm Beach, will celebrate mass in honor of all first responders at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens.
The service is known as the Blue Mass is a tradition that began in 1934 in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with National Police Week. Though usually held in a Catholic church, the event is generally considered to be ecumenical or non-denominational. The September 29 date is timed to coincide with Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police officers.
Law Enforcement and Safety Officers of all faiths are expected to attend to remember colleagues fallen in the line of duty and pray for those on duty.
“Our first responders offer daily and dedicated service to protect us and our community and we are most grateful for the selfless sacrifices they make and pray that God will bless and watch over them always.”
Refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall. For further information, please contact PBSO Lieutenant Steven Thibodeau at (561) 687-6815 or at ThibodeauS@pbso.org