Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant, along with diocesan priests who serve as police and fire chaplains in Fairfield County. Fr. Charles Allen, special assistant to the president of Fairfield University, served as chairman of the event.
Law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service personnel of all faiths in Fairfield County, along with members of the general public, were present at the Mass.
“It is always a privilege and honor to recognize our uniformed personnel who put their lives on the line every day to safeguard the community. The Blue Mass commemorates their courage and dedication,” said Fr. Allen.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano presided over the service and spoke eloquently of the contributions of those being honored.
“When there is an emergency, you don’t ask if someone is a Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, English speaker or not – you serve them because they are brothers and sisters in need. You remind us what makes us a great nation, and that what unites us in Christ is greater than what could divide us because of personal differences,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
The Blue Mass, sponsored by Knights of Columbus and benefactors, recognized the following First Responders for their courage and services to the community: Officer Maryhelen McCarthy from the Patrol Division of Newtown Police Department; Weston Volunteer Fire Department EMT Mark Blake; Norwalk Fire Department Truck Co. 2 Firefighter George Baez; Norwalk, CT Police Department Officer Anthony DePanfilis, Officer Matthew Nyquist and Officer Jose Silva.
A reception was held immediately following the Mass in St. Matthew’s Masterpool Great Room.
The Knights of Council 14360 look forward to assisting with this very special event again in the future. God Bless our first responders who keep us safe each and every day.