First responders throughout Dallas came together at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 2215 Ross Avenue, for a special Blue Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward J. Burns and the Diocese of Dallas. Personnel from the Dallas Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas Fire Department, EMS, DART and other law enforcement and first responder agencies participated in the Mass.
Bishop Burns presided over a blessing of the fleet at 9:00 a.m. prior to the Mass and blessed with holy water patrol cars, fire engines, and other service vehicles as well as mounted horse patrol and canine units.
The Blue Mass honors those who are actively serving as first responders and those who have fallen in the line of duty. Called the Blue Mass to represent the color of the uniforms predominantly worn by many first responders, it dates back to 1934 when Rev. Thomas Dade began the service in Washington, D. C. as part of his duties with the Catholic Police and Fireman’s Society.
Members of the Dallas Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, Dallas Fire & Rescue Department and DART Police served with Diocese of Dallas staff on the planning committee.