Notre Dame holds Blue Mass for first responders

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A special mass was held at University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday evening honoring local first responders.

The Blue Mass, named for the color of the uniforms worn by first responders, has been held at Notre Dame every year since 9/11.  University President Father John Jenkins celebrated the mass offering prayers for emergency crews who have lost their lives and those who continue to risk their lives to save others.

Though the duty of local police, firefighters and other first responders is always important their role in 2012 proved vital in saving lives hundreds of miles away.  Dozens of Michiana police and firefighters traveled to the East Coast to aid in the response to Hurricane Sandy.  This week those responders made it back home and are once again on duty in their local posts.

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