The Archdiocese of Atlanta will celebrate its annual Blue Mass for all public safety officials and first responders Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at The Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

There will be a blessing of badges. The Mass will not only honor the service of the nation’s public safety officials and first responders, but also will remember all those who died in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The Mass will pause to remember them, their families, and those who have been victimized by various forms of violence.

In the United States, the Blue Mass tradition began in 1934, when Father Thomas Dade of the Archdiocese of Baltimore formed the Catholic Police and Fireman’s Society, and celebrated the first Blue Mass for police officers and firemen that year.

All are invited to attend this Mass to pray and show appreciation for those who serve and protect the public.


  • Occurred Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Everett Catts is news editor of the Northside, Sandy Springs and Vinings Neighbor Newspapers. He is a graduate of Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., and grew up in Atlanta.

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