Notre Dame’s Blue Mass to be celebrated Oct. 6

Author: Michael O. Garvey


The fifth annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, rescue workers and their families will be celebrated at5:15 p.m.Oct. 6 (Thursday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Notre Dame’s president, John I. Jenkins., 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.Sacred music will be provided by the Notre Dame Folk Choir.

The Blue Mass, to which members of all the police and fire departments in the area are invited, 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: * Rev. Richard V. Warner, C.S.C., director of campus ministry, at 574-631-9704

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