In Dedication to Our First Responders

The Blue Mass, held at St. James Cathedral on September 29, is a Mass dedicated to our first responders: police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, EMT, and other public safety personnel. This special Mass was held on the Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels, which can be found most appropriate as St. Michael the Archangel is the patron of all first responders. 

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We came together to pray for the safety and protection of all first responders, just as they do for us. In the homily, Bishop Noonan stressed the importance of angels and our first responders, asking us all to thank them and pray for them.

Eighth graders at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School in Altamonte Springs shared in the celebration of the Blue Mass along with several other diocesan schools. The purpose of our attendance was to increase awareness of the challenges that these dedicated men and women face every day, and to show them our appreciation.

After the Mass I interviewed Captain Christine Gigico, who is part of the Drug Enforcement Division of Orlando. Gigico mentioned that all of her agents are undercover, and she has been with this police department for twenty-five years. I asked her how she felt about the Blue Mass; enthusiastically she responded saying how much she loves attending the Blue Mass every year. Her message to the students of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School was how much she appreciates the support we give not just her, but to all of the first responders.

Article written by Nikole, 8th grade student, Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs