Annual Blue Mass September 11th

Blue Mass flyer 2019St. Timothy Church and St. Timothy Knights of Columbus Council 14345 will host a Blue Mass on September 11th, 2019 at 5:00 PM. The Blue Mass is an opportunity to honor and pray for all active, retired and deceased police, firefighters, and emergency medical services. In addition, it is an occasion to remember the 2,973 who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. All active and retired police, fire, and emergency medical services in the greater Columbus area, and their families are invited. The Celebrant and Homilist for the Blue Mass will be The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan, DD, Bishop of Columbus. Let us all join together to honor our police, firefighters, and emergency medical services, to ask for God’s blessing, to keep them safe, and to guide them in their duties. Please download the flyer for this year's Mass.

History of the Blue Mass

The Blue Mass dates back to 1934 in Washington, D.C. Rev. Thomas Dade from the Archdiocese of Baltimore (Maryland) initiated the Catholic Police and Firemen's Society while stationed at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. About 1,100 police and firemen dressed in blue uniforms marched into St. Patrick's Catholic Church for the celebration of the first Blue Mass on September 29th, 1934.

The Blue Mass has become a common tradition in the northeastern United States, but it has more recently been extended throughout the country particularly in the wake of September 11th, 2001. The Blue Mass honors and recognizes the sacrifice of police, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical crews, all members of the public safety community and those who have given their lives in service to their communities. The name of the Blue Mass evolved from the predominantly blue-colored uniforms of police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel. Similar Blue Masses have been organized by Knights of Columbus Councils nationwide. St. Timothy Knights of Columbus Council 14345 is pleased to help bring the tradition of the Blue Mass to Columbus.