By Deacon Dan Leetch
On Thursday October 27 Bishop Stephen Berg celebrated the first “Blue Mass” in over 10 years at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo. This Mass, named because of the predominant color of police, fire, sheriff and department of corrections uniforms, is celebrated for the protection of these brave men and women who daily risk their lives for the safety and security of all.
Over 80 first responders and their supporters were present for the Mass and the reception. Assistant Chief Troy Davenport and Sergeant Ruben Solano proclaimed the first and second readings, and other officers and firefighters brought forth the gifts to the altar.
Bishop Berg spoke of the bravery of these excellent men and women during his homily. He asked all present to remember them in daily prayers, for theirs is a dangerous and often thankless job. Without their selfless willingness to daily place themselves in harm’s way our society’s life would be impossible.
The Knights of Columbus Council #4286 under the direction of their chaplain, Fr. Charles Sena, decided to revive the tradition of the Blue Mass. This Council organized the event, planned the Mass, distributed invitations and publicity, and provided the reception afterward. The 4th Degree Honor Guard from Pueblo was present to show their prayers and support for all our first responders and correctional workers.
The worship program, created and printed by Deb Rendon of the Cathedral, had a prayer for each branch in the back of the handout. A prayer for police, firefighters, correctional officers, and paramedics made the program an excellent keepsake.
Bishop Berg hopes that the Blue Mass will become an annual tradition in the city and diocese. He hopes that all of us will remember these brave men and women daily in our prayers.