LOCAL PARISH HAS “BLUE MASS” TO HONOR AND PRAY FOR FIRST RESPONDERS: POLICE, FIRE AND MEDICAL
RICHMOND—On Sunday, September 8, Saint David of Wales Catholic parish will dedicate its 11:00 a.m. as the parish’s third annual Blue Mass to honor, thank, and pray for those who serve as First Responders, namely those who serves in the law enforcement (police), fire and medical professions. Although those in the medical field are typically honored in a separate, White Mass, the parish chose to include them in this special Blue Mass since most in the medical profession either directly or indirectly help in First Response efforts. The Pinole Assembly Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Color Guard will be in attendance as an honor guard. All who serve in any of these fields — both active and retired, Catholic or not — are welcome to attend, preferably in uniform or lab coat. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the parish hall.
“It seems only fitting that we honor and pray as a parish, in a special way, for those who daily put their lives on the line for us in the fields of law enforcement and fire safety, as well as for those in the medical field," says Fr. John Blaker, pastor of St. David of Wales church. "Our parishioners include several police officers and fire fighters, and quite a few in various aspects of the medical profession, which makes this Blue Mass particularly poignant. For us, our parish prayers and especially the Holy Mass are our unique gifts to the community.”
Local first responders—police, fire and medical—are appreciative.
“It's always an honor to be recognized for what we do as public servants,” says Michael Banks, Fire Chief, City of Richmond, “but it's especially wonderful in such a manner as a Blue Mass. It's very reassuring to know that the community we serve is there to support us, not only physically, but in a spiritual way as well.”
All who serve in law enforcement, fire safety, and medical fields—retired or active, Catholic or not—and their family and friends, are welcome to attend the Mass and Reception.
For more information go to the parish website, events, at www.StDavidofWales.com.
About the Blue Mass: The history of the Blue Mass is attributed to Fr. Thomas Dade, a Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Baltimore (Maryland) who, in 1934, started the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while he was stationed at St. Patrick Catholic parish in Washington, D.C. On September 20, 1934, more than 1,100 police and firemen, dressed in blue uniforms, solemnly processed into St. Patrick’s for the celebration of the first Blue Mass. Since then, the Blue Mass has become an annual tradition in many dioceses and parishes throughout the Northeast and now nationwide.
About St. David of Wales church: Saint David of Wales, whose parish patron is a saint and past king of Wales, is a tucked-away, intimate parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland. Often referred to as “one of the best-kept secrets in the Richmond-El Cerrito area,” the parish serves its community not only with rich, musically enhanced Sunday Liturgies, but also with a well-respected Catholic school.