Blue Mass to be held in Weirton Tuesday

WEIRTON — A Blue Mass will be held Tuesday to honor the police, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel and military of the community, as well as their families.

The Mass will be held at noon at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, 229 California Ave., Weirton, with the Rev. Dennis Schuelkens as celebrant.

The students from St. Joseph the Worker Grade School, St. Paul School and Weirton Madonna High School will attend, with public safety personnel and their families invited as well.

Those attending who have served in the Armed Forces, as firefighters, police officers or first responders, are asked to wear their uniform.

A reception will be held in the Madonna High School cafeteria following the service.

According to event organizers, the first Blue Mass was celebrated Sept. 29, 1934 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., with 1,100 police officers and firefighters in attendance to honor the fallen members of their ranks.

The Mass took on a new significance following the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, with celebrations held throughout the United States.