Ninth annual Blue Mass to be celebrated Oct. 27 at Notre Dame

by Michael O. Garvey

Blue Mass

The ninth annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated Oct. 27 (Tuesday) at 5:15 p.m. in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Rev. John I Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, will preside at the Mass and Rev. Peter Rocca, rector of the Basilica, will give the homily. Sacred music for the Mass will be provided by Notre Dame’s Basilica Schola.

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 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.

Representatives of the police and fire departments throughout the region will attend the Mass, which will be followed by a reception in the Coleman-Morse Center.