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Faithful called to pray for law enforcement personnel at 17th Annual Blue Mass

October 26, 2018

METUCHEN – Hundreds of local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel of all faiths will be recognized for their commitment and self-sacrifice at the Diocese of Metuchen’s 17th Annual Blue Mass on Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main St.

People of all faiths are encouraged to attend and join the diocese in offering prayers and gratitude for the uniformed men and women, each of whom have responded to a call to serve the common good, to build a just society and to protect the vulnerable.

Bishop James F. Checchio will preside at the Mass, joined by priests from the diocese who will concelebrate, to honor law enforcement personnel who live and work in the four counties of the diocese – Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren.

“In a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving, we come together at the Blue Mass each year to pray for all who serve in law enforcement, that they may be protected in their work for the common good, follow Jesus more closely, be guided by the Holy Spirit, and place their trust in God’s protection, too,” said Bishop Checchio.

“It is our hope that this annual Mass helps to reinforce the presence of Jesus in the lives of the uniformed men and women and all the faithful gathered, so that all who attend may experience His love and to grow in friendship with Him as they serve God and one another in their daily lives,” the bishop said.

For the first time in its 17-year history, a Warren County police department will host the Mass. The Phillipsburg Police Department, under the leadership of Chief Robert Stettner, will serve as the host agency of the Blue Mass this year.

“The Phillipsburg Police Department is honored to host our fellow law enforcement agencies at this year’s Blue Mass,” said Chief Stettner. “It is important, especially in our time of policing, to recognize the sacrifices made by our officers who choose to serve and protect our communities and the Blue Mass is an ideal way to honor and remember those sacrifices.”

In keeping with tradition from past years, the names of those who have died in the line of duty since the inception of the Blue Mass will be read as a bell tolls to commemorate their memory and sacrifice.

The Mass will include bagpipes and drums, TAPS and a 21-gun salute. After Mass there will be a State Police aircraft flyover as Bishop Checchio blesses and reviews officers outside the Cathedral.

A lunch reception will follow immediately afterward in the community room beneath the church. For more information, visit https://diometuchen.org/2018-blue-mass or call (732) 562-2435.

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