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San Francisco – Annual Blue Mass
October 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
ANNUAL BLUE MASS
FOR POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS, & FIRST RESPONDERS
Let us pray for blessings upon our police, firefighters, and other first responders at a special Blue Mass, with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone presiding.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11, 9:00 AM
CATHEDRAL OF ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION PLAZA (OUTDOORS)
This special Mass is part of the National Faith and Blue Weekend campaign which brings together community and first responders.
WHO IS INVITED?
All are welcome to pray for our first responders. But we particularly invite all first responders including police, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, 911 dispatchers, correctional officers, state troopers, park rangers, probation officers, bridge officers, detention officers, animal control officers, fire marshals, federal air marshals, and others. The archbishop will invoke a special blessing, bless badges and bless St. Michael medals which will be given to first responders in attendance.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW BEFORE ATTENDING?
This Mass will take place outside in the Cathedral Plaza at 1111 Gough Street (@ Geary) in San Francisco. We will observe social distancing by keeping six feet apart. Wearing a mask is absolutely required. The Mass is for First Responders, and others will be asked to pray for First Responders but there may not be room for anyone who is not a First Responder or family member.
HISTORY OF THE BLUE MASS
This is a special Blue Mass in conjunction with the National Faith and Blue Weekend, designed to bring together community members and first responders within the auspices of worship communities. More on the faith and blue initiative at faithandblue.org.
The Blue Mass dates to September 29, 1934, when Rev. Thomas Dade started the service as part of his duties with the Catholic Police and Fireman’s Society. The first mass was held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. and has grown to a nationwide celebration. The September 29 service was timed to coincide with Michaelmas, the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel.
HOW CAN I STAY IN THE LOOP ON OTHER EVENTS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS?
Easy! Text BLUE to 84576 on your mobile phone.