METUCHEN — Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will serve as principal celebrant of the Diocese of Metuchen’s 10th annual Blue Mass to be held at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m.
The Mass honors all active, retired and deceased law enforcement officials from Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren, the four counties served by the diocese. Federal, state, county and local police, sheriff and corrections departments along with members of the Port Authority Police Department will be participating in the Blue Mass.
“At the Mass we gather together to honor and pray for all those who work in law enforcement, especially those who live and work in our local towns and communities. In serving and protecting others, these brave men and women are called upon to make many sacrifices – some even have made the ultimate sacrifice – and for that we are grateful,” said the bishop.
This year the Mass will include a 21-gun salute and after the Mass there will be a flyover by a State Police aircraft as the bishop blesses and reviews the officers. A lunch reception will follow immediately afterward in the community room beneath the church.
“With bagpipers, color guards, commemorative pins and a special liturgy, our Blue Mass is truly inspiring. We hope officers of all faiths will attend and invite the public to join us in honoring those who serve us through law enforcement,” the bishop said.
For more information, visit www.diometuchen.org.
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