Story by Reagan Scott
LINCOLN (SNR) - The annual “Blue Mass” will be held at St. Mary Church in Lincoln at 9:45 a.m. May 17.
Hosted by the Lincoln 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, this Mass is held in honor of all active, deceased and retired law enforcement, fire and rescue and corrections personnel.
The Blue Mass originated in New York in 2002 to honor the men and women who gave their lives trying to save civilians during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack the previous year. The name comes from the blue uniforms traditionally worn by police officers.
In 2013, the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus of Lincoln hosted the first Blue Mass at the Cathedral of the Risen Christ, with the full support of Bishop James Conley.
Manny Gallardo, a former Captain in the Nebraska State Patrol and member of the Knights of Columbus said, “We decided to pursue the Blue Mass to honor the deceased members of each agency who have died, and we greatly appreciate the fact that Bishop Conley is in favor of this Mass and is willing to be our celebrant each year.”
During the Mass, the directors of each agency will be invited to come forward to read the names of those who died in the last 12 months, so that all will be prayed for by name during the prayers of the faithful.
After the Mass, Bishop Conley will have a special blessing of all emergency vehicles from each agency.
“Members of law enforcement and first responders provide a heroic service to the common good,” the bishop said. “The celebration of the Blue Mass is an occasion to honor those who sometimes risk their lives in service to the community, but also to pray for them that they may remain courageous and steadfast in their work, through the help of God’s grace.”
Attendees need not be Catholic, and all are invited to come and pray for the individuals who do so much to keep everyone safe.
Gallardo said, “Come and honor your law enforcement, fire and rescue and corrections personnel both living, and those who have died.”