Gathered in Prayer -- Hundreds of law enforcement officials gathered for the 19th annual Blue Mass that was celebrated April 17 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, with Bishop David M. O'Connell, C.M., as principal celebrant. The Mass provided an occasion to pray for those who serve in law enforcement. Craig Pittelli photos
A new generation has emerged since the pipes and drums of the first Diocesan Celebration of Law Enforcement – widely known as the Blue Mass – first echoed through Trenton’s St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral 19 years ago.
So, it seemed fitting April 17 that scores of Catholic school students, representing that new generation, were among nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers who filled the Cathedral to capacity for the annual gathering celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. Students from Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, and Notre Dame High School and St. Ann School, both Lawrenceville, served at the altar, provided the musical liturgy and stood in prayerful support for the men and women who dedicate themselves to the public.
The Torch youth ministry group in St. Dominic Parish has been putting in a tremendous amount of community service over the past months. From coat drives and pasta dinners to letter-writing campaigns and helping the homeless, there seems to be no task too small for the Brick parish’s teens.
“I am thankful that I am able to participate in all of these service opportunities,” said Jeffrey Frankenburg, a 13-year-old youth ministry member. “I know that I am very lucky to have what I have, and I like that I can give back while having fun with my friends.”
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