METUCHEN, NJ - Law enforcement personnel of all faiths were recognized for their commitment and self-sacrifice at the Diocese of Metuchen’s 18th Annual Blue Mass, hosted this year by the Warren Township Police Department, under the leadership of Chief William E. Keane.
The Blue Mass was held on Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, and prayers of gratitude were offered ”for the uniformed men and women, each of whom have responded to a call to serve the common good, to build a just society and to protect the vulnerable.” The Mass included bagpipes and drums, TAPS and a 21-gun salute. New Jersey OAG Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Mottley, the Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold, members of the Warren Township Committee, and a contingent of Jersey Troopers attended.
Members of the community joined dignitaries and children from Saint Francis Cathedral School to support New Jersey law enforcement, and Warren resident Rosemary Orsillo sang the Star Spangled Banner. Warren Police Sergeants Remembered the Fallen: Sergeant Ronald Roselli - The Police Officer’s Prayer, Sergeant Robert Ferreiro - Roll Call and Segeant Patrick Mizeski- Bell Toll.
“As we come together for the Blue Mass each year, I am reminded and inspired by the commitment made by those in law enforcement, and certainly the support offered by their families, and the profound personal sacrifices they make daily for the betterment of all people,” said Bishop James F. Checchio.
Bishop Checchio presided at the Mass, joined by priests from the diocese who concelebrated, to honor law enforcement personnel who live and work in the four counties of the diocese – Middlesex, Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren.
“This liturgy offers us all – civilians and uniformed men and women – an opportunity to be rejuvenated and nourished by the Bread of Life,” said Bishop Checchio. “As we gather with these men and women who sacrifice for us daily, we are joined together in Christ, who made the perfect sacrifice, and are strengthened to follow His example.”
In keeping with tradition from past years, the names of those who have died in the line of duty since the inception of the Blue Mass were read as a bell tolled to commemorate their memory and sacrifice.