Diocesan News

Annual Blue Mass honors, celebrates emergency responders

LINCOLN (SNR) - Bishop James Conley will celebrate the “Blue Mass” Monday, Sept. 29, at 9:45 a.m. in St. Mary Church, 1420 “K” Street, Lincoln.

Law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service personnel of all faiths, and the general public are invited to attend. This year’s Blue Mass is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Bishop Kucera Assembly #0595 of Lincoln.

The Knights of Columbus regard as heroes the public safety personnel who literally put their lives on the line in service to the people in their communities every day.  That respect and admirations goes back to the beginnings of our Order when Father Michael J. McGivney foresaw an organization of Catholic men dedicated to strengthening their faith, protecting the future of their families and standing in service to the Church and the community.

Founded by Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus since 2005, the Blue Mass takes its name from the blue uniforms worn by police, fire and emergency services personnel. The event was initiated to celebrate the life and heroism of those who died during the Sept. 11 tragedy. Each year it also recognizes local first responders.

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