St. Mary Parish honors first responders

On Sept. 29 Fr. Andy Davy, pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Plano, officiated at the annual Blue Mass to honor first responders including police, fire, and emergency personnel.

The Blue Mass is traditionally celebrated to recognize the unselfish service to community offered by first responders. Started on Sept. 29,1934, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. by Rev. Thomas Dade, founder of the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society, the Blue Mass continues to this day throughout the country.

Fr. Davy brought the tradition of the Blue Mass to Saint Mary Parish in 2016. Plano Police Department personnel, firefighters from Little Rock Fox Fire Protection District and members of other area police and fire units attended and were honored by Boy Scouts and Leaders of Troop 71 who assisted as color guard.

The children of Saint Mary’s created thank you cards for police, firefighters and EMTs and hand delivered them to the emergency responders present during the service. Plano Police Chief Jonathon Whowell thanked the congregation at the end of the Mass, and said that the prayers and messages are very well received and truly appreciated, and that he has witnessed the officers reading the messages carefully.

After the Mass, the first responders offered a touch a truck event in the church parking lot featuring police vehicles, an ambulance and a fire engine. A breakfast featuring pancakes and sausages or a traditional Mexican breakfast was served in the school gymnasium.

For more information about St. Mary Plano and special events at the parish, contact Fr. Andy Davy, saintmaryplano.com/ or call 630-552-3448.

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