Blue Mass celebrated for area law enforcement, fire fighters, rescue units

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Father David A. Boettner, rector at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated a Blue Mass in recognition of Knoxville area law enforcement, fire fighters and first response emergency crews on April 24, 2016.  

During the Mass, Fr. Boettner thanked the public servants for their bravery, service and sacrifice.  Father Boettner represented Bishop Richard F. Stika as the Blue Mass celebrant.  Bishop Stika was in St. Louis to be at the bedside of a close friend who died on Saturday, April 23.

The Blue Mass has been a traditional Catholic celebration for nearly 90 years and takes its name from the blue uniforms worn by those who serve and protect.  All photos by Paul Simoneau. 

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Knoxville Police Department color guard and Knights of Columbus at attention prior to the entrance procession for the Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 24, 2016.

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Chief David Rausch of the Knoxville Police Department reads from Scripture during the Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 24, 2016.

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Chief Stan Sharp of the Knoxville Fire Department reads from Scripture during the Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 24, 2016.

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Father David Boettner, rector at Sacred Heart Cathedral, receives the sacred gifts during the Blue Mass on April 24, 2016.

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Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch receives Holy Communion from Deacon Dan Alexander during the Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 24, 2016.

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Lieutenant Doug Stiles of the Knoxville Police Department receives Holy Communion from Father David Boettner during the Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 24, 2016.

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Members of the Knoxville Police Department were among law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency first response crews to attend the Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 24, 2016.

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Members of the Knoxville Police Department were among law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency first response crews to attend the Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 24, 2016.