Police, fire and rescue personnel and other first responders gathered with Bishop Donald Kettler Sept. 21 for the second annual “Blue Mass” at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. At the end of Mass those gathered were recognized for years of service and given a special blessing.
“The people we recognize and thank tonight and particularly pray for are today’s Samaritans,” Bishop Kettler said during his homily. “They protect, bind up wounds and care for the hurt, the lost, the confused and even the angry. They save the endangered, both people and communities, our churches and our schools, often with little regard for their own safety. God walks with us through those who protect and serve.”