Archdiocese honors area firefighters

October 24, 2016

Media Advisory

For immediate release

WHAT: Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston honors area firefighters
WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2016, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston
CONTACT: Catherine Rogan, Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston, Media Relations Manager;
713-652-8213 (office) or 713-515-6054 (mobile); e-mail

Archdiocese honors area firefighters

Houston – Every day, firefighters dedicate themselves to protecting the citizens of the Galveston- Houston area and their property. 

At 11 a.m. this Sunday (Oct. 30), the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will thank and pray for them at the Annual Archdiocesan Firefighter Mass. The Mass, sponsored by the Saint Florian Society of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, will be held at the Co- Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston.

“This Mass is an opportunity for all active and retired firefighters to pray together, to honor those firefighters who have passed and to have a fraternal gathering with other firefighters and their families,” said Chief Joseph Gregory, Mass organizer and Houston firefighter.

“This is a dangerous, high risk profession. The support from family, friends and the community lets our firefighters know they are appreciated,” Chief Gregory added.

During the Mass, a special tribute will be given to firefighters who have passed in the previous year. The tribute will include a reading of the names of deceased fire fighters which will be accompanied by the ringing of bells.

The Archdiocesan Annual Firefighter Mass is open to active and retired firefighters, their families and the general public.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston serves 1.6 million Catholics in 10 counties. 
It is the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the 5th largest in the United States.

The Saint Florian Society is a group of fire service members who desire to promote Christian values, live by God's commandments, and share a devotion to God and the Fire Service. The group also performs charitable acts to help firefighters and their families when in need.