PORTLAND---Hundreds of active and retired local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency personnel will be recognized for their faithful commitment and self-sacrifice at the Blue Mass, celebrated by Bishop Robert P. Deeley, on Sunday, September 15.
The 2019 Blue Mass will be held at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on 307 Congress Street in Portland starting at 10 a.m. People of all faiths are welcome to attend and join in showing our gratitude to these dedicated heroes. All active and retired members of the public safety community are encouraged to come with their families and in uniform.
Elected representatives, including Senator Susan Collins and Governor Janet Mills, will join the bishop in honoring those who serve in this community. Blessings will be bestowed upon all who contribute to the public health and safety of Maine, and prayers will be offered for those who have given their lives in the line of duty.
The readers for the Blue Mass will be new Portland Police Chief Frank Clark and Portland Fire Chief Keith Gautreau, while the gift bearers will be representatives from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State Police, and the South Portland Police and Fire Departments. Color guards and a multi-jurisdictional honor guard will be on hand at the Blue Mass, as will the Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum Corps and the Maine State Police Pipe & Drum Unit who will both perform before and after the Mass. Ladder trucks from the Portland and South Portland Fire Departments will also display the American flag prior to the Mass. A reception will follow on the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception lawn.
The Blue Mass (referring to the blue uniforms that firefighters, law enforcement and other first responders wear) dates back to 1934 and is a venerable tradition in many dioceses. The events of September 11, 2001, served as the impetus for the Diocese of Portland to institute the Blue Mass locally. For more information about the Blue Mass, including its history in Maine, visit the special Blue Mass section.