EL CENTRO – Over 100 people attended St, Mary’s Catholic Church’s first Blue Mass Monday evening to honor police officers, Border Patrol officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other first responders.
“This is the first time a Blue Mass has taken place in Imperial County. It was long overdue,” said Rev. Mark Edney, St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Referring to police officers and emergency medical technicians, Edney said he was going to change their names to “peace officers” because they are the ones who create peace in the community.
“We have a lot of peace makers in our community, and we need to thank them not just today, but every day,” said Edney. “These men and women risk their lives every day, and for that we must thank them. It’s not always safe out there and that is why they need our prayers.”
Edney also thanked the peace makers’ families and said not only is it hard on the peace makers, but their families as well.
“They (families) need a lot of prayers and support from the community,” he said.
Located at the church altar was a vase with red roses and a candle symbolizing the fallen officers who lost their lives protecting the community.
Dozens of double-sided key chains were blessed and distributed among the attendees engraved with “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
Edney said he hopes next year’s mass will have better attendance since this year did not have much advertisement. “I would have loved to see my church full. However, we must keep in mind many of our ‘peace makers’ work.”
Following the mass, attendees were treated to a reception.[envira-gallery id=”77654″]