Blue Mass to be celebrated Oct. 28 in the Basilica

Author: Michael O. Garvey

The fourth annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, rescue workers and their families will be celebrated Oct. 28 (Thursday) at 5:15 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.p. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., will preside at the Mass and give a homily.Rex J. Rakow, director of Notre Dame’s security/police department, and John V. Antonucci, operations chief of the University’s fire department, will be the lectors.p. Members of all the police and fire departments in the area are invited to attend the Mass, at which officers from New York City’s police and fire departments will be among the University’s guests.p. A public reception will be held in the Coleman-Morse Center following the Mass.p. The Blue Mass is named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by officers in police and fire departments nationwide.It was first celebrated at Notre Dame in 2001 as the traditional “month’s mind” Mass for the victims of the attacks of Sept. 11 and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who died while serving and protecting others.

Contact: John V. Antonucci at 574 631-6231or

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