Heroes Honored at Blue Mass

You are cordially invited to attend the “Blue Mass” on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, 3351 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch, starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 17. Join the East County Community in honoring the sacrifice of those who gave their lives at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Blue Mass will also honor Police Officers and Firefighters from Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, and Byron including the California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department, and Contra Costa Fire. The Presider and Homilist will be Father Robert Rien, Chaplain for Antioch and Martinez Police Departments with Father Helmut Richter, Chaplain for Pittsburg Police Department.

Music for the Mass will be under the direction of Donald Pearson, Director of Music, Organist, and Artist in Residence with the Parish Choir of St. Ignatius of Antioch Church.

Following the Mass, there will be a Reception and Luncheon at Lone Tree Golf and Event Center in Antioch, beginning at 11:30 a.m. This event will honor the Police Officers and Firefighter of the Year, the California Highway Patrol Officer of the Year, and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Officer of the Year. The cost of the luncheon is $35 per person.

The Blue Mass and Honors Luncheon are sponsored by St. Ignatius of Antioch Knights of Columbus, Council 12547.

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