Statement as issued Wednesday by Notre Dame:
The 12th annual Blue Mass for police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and their families will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 15 (Thursday) in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, will preside, and Rev. Brad Metz, C.S.C., associate director for campus vocations, will serve as the homilist. All of the area police and fire departments are invited.
The Blue Mass is named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by police officers and firefighters nationwide. It was first celebrated at Notre Dame for the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and is continued to honor them and the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who have died while serving and protecting others. The Blue Mass is open to the public.