The Diocese of Orlando’s 11th annual Blue Mass to pray for God’s protection of first responders and to honor the nation’s men and women in uniform, will be held Sept. 28, 12:10 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 215 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. Bishop John Noonan will celebrate the Mass, and representatives of federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies will be in attendance.
Nationally, the first Blue Mass was celebrated on Sept. 29, 1934, by Father Thomas Dade of the Baltimore Archdiocese. More than 1,100 police officers and firefighters dressed in blue uniforms marched into St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.
For several years, the Blue Mass was celebrated on Sept. 11 to remember those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; however, today it not only honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, but also those who serve the community each day and strive to keep the public safe.
Sept. 29 is the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of public safety personnel.