Michael O. Garvey | Sept. 19, 2013 | Today @ ND
The 13th annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 26 (Thursday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Rev. James Bracke, C.S.C. will preside at the Mass.
Named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by officers in police and fire departments nationwide, the Blue Mass was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional “month’s mind” Mass for the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who died while serving and protecting others. Since then it has been celebrated annually to honor and pray for all who serve public safety. People of all denominations and faith traditions are welcome to participate. Representatives of the police and fire departments throughout the region will attend the Mass, which will be followed by a reception in the Rotunda of Notre Dame’s Main Building.