The 14th Annual Blue Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 4, 2016 at noon at St. Joesph's Catholic Church, 217 Harrington Ave, Bastrop. Blue mass is offered as a time for people to pray for and honor all who protect us as First Responders – Fire, Law Enforcement and Medical Personnel. The public is invited to attend and a luncheon will be held immediately following the service. The “Blue Mass” is a tradition where the Police, Fire and EMS Responder personnel gather for a special celebration and blessing for their work on behalf of the community. History of the “Blue Mass:  In 1934, a Catholic Priest by the name of Thomas Dade from Baltimore initiated the Catholic Police and Firemen’s Society while stationed at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Washington, D.C.   About 1,100 police and firemen dressed in blue uniforms marched into St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for the celebration of the first “Blue Mass” on September 29, 1934.  Since then, the “Blue Mass” has become a tradition in which the local community gathers to celebrate and thank those who serve their community as policemen and women, firefighters, and EMS responders as well as to offer prayers to God for their continued protection.