Annual Blue Mass returns Sept. 25 to honor law enforcement officers, personnel

September 14, 2021

The annual Blue Mass, which honors Houston’s law enforcement communities, is set for Sept. 25 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. (Herald file photo)

HOUSTON — Blue Mass will be celebrated on behalf of civilian and classified law enforcement employees, police officers, their families and public supporters, the first one since 2019 because of COVID-19.

The Sept. 25 liturgy will be held at 5 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Pkwy. in downtown Houston with Auxiliary Bishop Italo Dell’Oro as celebrant.

“We have not celebrated the Blue Mass since the one in September 2019… like everything else, COVID-19 took its toll on that celebration too,” said Deacon Alvin Lovelady, director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Correctional Ministries. “We come together to honor and show our support for the officers who stand when no one else will, who walk or run into other people’s chaos.”

He added, “We lift up these men and women to God with the expectation that He will hear our prayers and keep them and their families protected. So please help us help them by supporting our Blue Mass this year either by being present at the Mass or through prayer.”

Officers and deputies are encouraged to wear dress uniforms without the hat. Agencies are encouraged to bring equipment for the public to see and to be blessed after the Mass.

For more information, email BlueMass@archgh.org or call 713-741-8745.