Blue Mass to be celebrated Oct. 6 in Blackwood


The 10th Annual Camden Diocesan Blue Mass, honoring all public safety employees in the diocese, will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Agnes Church, in Blackwood.

All law enforcement officers, fire personnel, and EMS personnel who work at the municipal, county, state, and federal levels that have jurisdiction in Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem counties; their family members, and the general public, who want to show their support and thanks, are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass, and the luncheon in the parish center.

The Mass and luncheon is “a time to honor those we’ve lost, and pray for those still doing their jobs,” said Deputy Chief of Police for the Gloucester Township Police Department, Dave Harkins, also a member of the Blue Mass committee, and a parishioner of Our Lady of Hope.

Msgr. Michael Mannion, director of Community Relations for the Diocese of Camden, is “grateful for the opportunity to honor those who dedicate their lives each day to the service and protection to our citizens and communities,” he said, by personnel who “put their lives on the line each day for us.”

As well, he invited “citizens of all faiths, to pray and show their appreciation to all those who serve us.”

Members of the Blue Mass community will also be honored at the ceremony, Msgr. Mannion mentioned.

All Police, Fire, and EMS personnel are requested to wear their uniforms.

Tickets are $10; for more information, contact D.C. David Harkins, GTPD, at 856-297-3825; or Msgr. Mike Mannion at 609-501-1640.