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‘No greater love’ — Blue Mass honors police, firefighters who gave their lives

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WILMINGTON – The past year presented serious challenges to first responders in Delaware, but they continue to show the self-sacrifice necessary in that line of work, Msgr. Steven Hurley told police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others at the annual Blue Mass. The service was held Oct. 6 at St. Elizabeth Church in Wilmington, postponed from its usual first Friday in May at St. John the Beloved Church because of a funeral for a state police trooper. Read more »

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First responders’ work similar to that of the apostles, bishop says at Blue Mass

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MILLTOWN – The work of the apostles was, in a way, similar to the work done everyday by the first responders in the Diocese of Wilmington and elsewhere. That was the message conveyed by Bishop Malooly to the police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and others gathered at St. John the Beloved Church on May 6 for the annual Blue Mass celebrating their service.

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Blue Mass: ‘It’s important for us to pray for you daily’

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WILMINGTON – Police activity has been under a microscope around the country, and last Friday, May 1, observed as Law Day, members of law enforcement and other first responders gathered to take comfort in their faith among supporters at the eighth annual Blue Mass at St. John the Beloved Church. Read more »

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Bishop Malooly salutes state’s ‘community of protection’

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WILMINGTON – First responders should use common sense and “bring a presence” to what they do, Bishop Malooly said during his homily at the annual Blue Mass, which was held May 2 at St. John the Beloved Church. The Mass honors police, fire and emergency personnel, along with members of the military.

Police need practical common sense during the crises they face, the bishop said. They are often dealing with people who are not able to use common sense themselves. It is important that the communities they serve know there is a way to deal with difficult situations.

“You form a community of protection for out state,” Bishop Malooly said. “It’s an inspiration for others to do the same.” Read more »

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Blue Mass honors first responders, slain officer

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 WILMINGTON – Although the Blue Mass is meant to honor all who serve as first responders, the Diocese of Wilmington’s annual service, celebrated May 4 at St. John the Beloved Church in Wilmington, was heavily influenced by the death last September of New Castle County Police Lt. Joseph Szczerba.

County police officers, wearing a black ribbon over their badges, made up the largest contingent at the church, and Szczerba’s family, including his widow, Kathy, sat in the front. After Communion, she received a plaque from Col. Scott McLaren, chief of the county police.

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