St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

7th Annual Blue Mass held at St. Joan of Arc Church

7th Annual Blue Mass held at St. Joan of Arc Church

The 7th Annual Blue Mass was held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church on Friday, November 5, 2010 to honor and thank all police officers, firefighters, EMS and Military personnel for their courage and service.  Parish President Natalie Robottom provided the welcome to all in attendance who attended and gave a brief history of the Blue Mass. 

In 1934 the first Blue Mass was started by Father Thomas Dade in Baltimore, Maryland.  About 1,000 policemen and firemen marched in uniform into St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington D.C.  This was the marking of an annual tradition in the Northeastern cities of the United States and has spread to every state.  Seven years ago, we began honoring and celebrating all men and women who serve and protect our community every day by hosting a Blue Mass.

"It was an honor and privilege to welcome the men and women in uniform to the Blue Mass as they show courage and bravery every day.  We rely on their efforts to keep our community safe," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

A blessing for protection of police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances followed the mass and an exhibit and show was performed for the students at St. Joan of Arc School.  Lunch was sponsored and served to all in attendance by local business owners.