“Blue Mass” honoring public safety personnel to be held Oct. 6th

September 28, 2017 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Annual Blue Mass to honor those who serve our community in the public safety sector (police, fire, EMS, and military), will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets, in Wilmington. The Mass, originally scheduled for May 5, 2017, was postponed due to a conflict with the memorial service for Delaware State Police Corporal Stephen Ballard, who was killed in the line of duty last April 26th.

In addition to Corporal Ballard; Blue Mass organizers plan to honor fallen Wilmington firefighters, Captain Christopher Leach and Lieutenants Jerry Fickes and Ardythe Hope; Lewes firefighter, Timothy McClanahan; Delaware Correctional Officer, Sergeant Steven Floyd; Dover Police Department’s Corporal Thomas Hannon, Patrolman Robert DaFonte and Cadet James Watts.

The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, will be celebrating the Mass. Reverend Monsignor Steven P. Hurley, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Wilmington and Pastor of St. Thomas Church in Wilmington, will give the homily. Monsignor Hurley was a detective in the Ocean City, Maryland Police Department until 1998 when he entered the seminary for the Diocese of Wilmington.

The Delaware State Police Pipes and Drums will be at the Mass to add to the tribute, as well as the New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol, the Delaware Knights of Columbus Color Guard, and the Fire Bell (part of the Bells of Remembrance Project that was started after September 11, 2001 attacks).

Although this will be a Catholic Mass, those of other faiths are warmly welcomed to attend and pray for the fallen and all those who risk their lives for the sake of public safety.

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The diocese will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration beginning March 3, 2018. Information is available at www.cdow.org.

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