Blue Mass celebrated in Trinidad

The Most Holy Trinity Parish family celebrated and acknowledged the sacrifices and work of the Trinidad Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Sheriff’s Department, Colorado Game and Wildlife, fire fighters from four local departments as well as first responders, the local DOC and all agencies that support and protect the community at the annual Blue Mass held on September 27.

The Blue Mass takes its name from the traditional color used for police uniforms. The first Blue Mass in Trinidad was celebrated in 2009 and has grown in the number of participating honorees. The Blue Mass is scheduled during the month of September, close to the date of September 29, which is the feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. St. Michael the Archangel is the patron of Law Enforcement.

“On behalf of all responders, I wish to say thank you for having this Mass to thank us,” Sheriff James Casias said. “Each day that we get ready to serve the citizens of this great community, we sometimes forget the most important person who has helped us make it each and every day. He is with us in good times and bad times and has never left us, even for a minute.”

This is the sixth year these dedicated women and men have been recognized and thanked publicly during the Blue Mass. The honorees’ families are also invited and sit with those being recognized for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis to support their loved ones who serve the Trinidad community. Without these families and their love and support, a difficult and stressful job would be even more so.

“A lot of times the work done by emergency services personnel and first responders is not acknowledged. It’s great that the Church takes the time once a year to hold a Blue Mass in their honor. The kindness of the Church is appreciated by all of us,” said Chief Charles Glorioso.

Following the Mass, the Knights of Columbus hosted a continental breakfast for the honorees as well as the entire parish family. It was an opportunity for parish members to thank those who were honored for their sacrifices. The larger Trinidad community was also invited to attend the Mass and breakfast.