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23 Sept 2014
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski will serve as principal celebrant of the Diocese of Metuchen’s 13th annual Blue Mass to be held at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, on Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.
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 are invited to participate in the Blue Mass.
“We believe it is important to gather in prayer and recognition to honor the courageous men and women involved in law enforcement, who selflessly give of themselves to protect and serve the people of our diocese,” said Bishop Bootkoski. “This Mass is our opportunity to remember the law enforcement officials who have served our communities and show gratitude for the dedication of those who continue to serve by asking God to bless and protect them.”
Piscataway Police Department, under the direction of Chief Rick Ivone, will serve as the host department this year. Members of the department will serve as the main honor guard in the pre-liturgy ceremony and will participate during the Mass as cross and candle bearers, readers and gift bearers.
“Representatives of the Piscataway Police Department have served faithfully on the diocese’s Blue Mass planning committee for many years and the annual event is something our members look forward to,” said Chief Ivone, who is involved with organizing the details surrounding the liturgy and reception.
“To serve as the host department this year is an honor and we are very pleased to take on that role,” Chief Ivone said. “We also look forward to a continued collaboration with other members of law enforcement who are involved and committed to making the day meaningful for all who attend.”
The Mass will include a 21-gun salute and after the Mass there will be a flyover by a State Police aircraft as Bishop Bootkoski blesses and reviews the officers. A lunch reception will follow immediately afterward in the community room beneath the church.
For more information, visit www.diometuchen.org/2014-blue-mass or call (732) 562-2463.
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