The school community of Holy Cross Academy, Delran, hosted a Blue Mass for all law enforcement personnel Sept. 29 in the school’s auditorium. Held on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of police officers, the Mass attracted some 96 officers representing 17 towns in Burlington County and representatives from the N.J. State Police.
Father Christopher Colavito, chaplain in Holy Cross Academy, served as principal celebrant for the Mass; concelebrants included Fathers Christopher Picollo and Michael Kennedy, pastor and parochial vicar, respectively, of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington; Father John Testa, pastor, Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, and Father Robert Holtz, pastor, Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton. Officers served as readers during the Mass and brought up the gifts of bread and wine.
In his homily, Father Colavito gave thanks for the officers’ service and reminded the students that, without law enforcement, chaos and destruction reigns in society. “The students were absolutely wonderful and welcoming,” said Father Colavito. “As a matter of fact several of the officers processed out in tears because our kids broke out into round of applause and cheers that lasted the entire time of the recession out.”
While the Blue Mass in Holy Cross Academy served as an opportunity to honor andpray for all law enforcement officials in Burlington County, Father Colavito noted how there is a Blue Mass that the Diocese hosts each year in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. The 2018 Blue Mass will be celebrated April 17 in the Cathedral.
To see coverage from the 2017 Blue Mass celebration in the Diocese, click here.