Diocesan News

Bishop to celebrate Mass for law enforcement, first responders

Active and retired, family and supporters all welcome to attend May 12 event

LINCOLN – Bishop James Conley will celebrate the “Blue Mass” Thursday, May 12, at 9:45 a.m. in St. Mary Church, 1420 K St., Lincoln.

The Mass will include in procession the Lincoln Fire & Rescue Pipe & Drum Corp and a mixed-agency law enforcement honor guard in dress uniform. During the Mass, representatives from various agencies will come forward to read the names of those who have died in the last year.

After the Mass, Bishop Conley will bless emergency vehicles parked outside the church. 

“Law-enforcement officers take risks and make sacrifices for the common good of our communities,” Bishop Conley said.

“Their selflessness is a witness for all of us. But they need our prayers and they need the Lord’s grace, and his protection. At the Blue Mass we invoke God’s blessings for law-enforcement officers.”

The Mass is held annually to honor all active duty, retired law enforcement, fire and rescue and department of corrections personnel. This year it is held in conjunction with National Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, a secular observance in the United States that pays tribute to the local, state, and Federal peace officers who have died in the line of duty.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police. Other events of National Police Week that draw 25,000 to 40,000 law enforcement officers and their families to Washington, D.C. every year include a candlelight vigil, wreath laying ceremony, National Police Survivors Conference, Honor Guard Competition, and the Emerald Society & Pipe Band March and Service.

Related item: Blue Mass 2015 (slideshow)

Related item: Blue Mass 2014 (slideshow)

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