Mass Honors First Responders

motorcycles in front of chapelHundreds of police officers and firefighters from Alameda and Contra Costa counties came to Saint Mary’s last fall for a special Blue Mass hosted by the College. The event, held in the Chapel in honor of the Feast of the Guardian Angels, is a traditional Catholic religious service for those engaged in public safety.

In his homily, Father Salvatore Ragusa noted that little children often look up to police officers and firefighters “because beneath the uniform they see in you the awesome responsibilities to protect, to give of yourselves in public service, and to comfort the afflicted who you encounter in your work.” He added: “We commend you as
peacemakers, as ambassadors of justice, and as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

An interfaith service of commemoration for those who had fallen in the line of duty followed the Mass, and then all the first responders were treated to a barbeque on the Chapel lawn.