A Blue Mass to honor first responders will be held at St. Mark Church in Lancaster on Monday, September 10th beginning at 6:45 PM with a flag raising followed by Mass and a reception. St. Mark is at 324 Gay St, Lancaster, OH. Council 15447 will host.
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 been a common tradition in the Northeast 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.
An honor guard from the Fourth Degree will also participate. The St. Mark Emerald Choir will sing. A reception will follow the Mass. All first responders and the public, Catholic and non-Catholic, are invited.