The first Blue Mass in the Diocese of Buffalo will take place on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will honor local EMS, fire and law enforcement departments of all faiths who live and work in the diocese. Bishop Richard J. Malone welcomes everyone, from all counties, paid and volunteer staff, families and friends, to attend this special commemorative Mass to honor and thank these men and women for their service to the common good. He will bestow blessings upon all who contribute to public health and safety in the Diocese of Buffalo. Going forward, the Blue Mass will be an annual Mass.
First responders will not only be recognized at this Mass, they will also take part in the Mass. There will be an honor guard procession including flags from city, county, state, country and church. Members of the honor guard will represent fire, police, sheriff and state police. Lectors will include a member of the police department, Erie County EMS and suburban fire and hook and ladder companies. Gift bearers will be representatives of the sheriff's office.
Music for the Mass will be provided by the Greater Buffalo Fire Fighters Pipe and Drums who will play processional and recessional songs. Cathedral organist Tim Socha will provide music during the Mass.