Blue Mass honoring first responders

First responders and emergency services personnel from around the St. Cloud Diocese gathered for a “Blue Mass” in their honor Sept. 13 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. The event also included a recognition of years of service, a blessing for all emergency workers and a reception after the Mass.

Sharon McKenzie, a member of St. Michael Parish in St. Cloud, holds her hand up to bless the first responders and emergency services personnel present at the Mass. She sits near a banner in memory of her nephew, who was killed in the line of duty in 2006. (Dianne Towalski / The Visitor)
Bishop Donald Kettler gives Communion to members of the St. Cloud Police and Fire Pipes and Drums. The group provided music for the event. (Dianne Towalski / The Visitor)
Jake McLellan plays during the procession at the beginning of the Mass. (Dianne Towalski / The Visitor)

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