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At Blue Mass, Archbishop Carlson ties first responders to love of neighbor


Keith Lewis, an O'Fallon police officer, is among the first responders who appreciate the annual Blue Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Attending the Mass Sept. 10 with his wife and two children, Lewis said that "our faith tells us sacrifice is one of the most important things you can do to show love and devotion to God."

O'Fallon Police Captain John Neske, like Lewis a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Dardenne Prairie, said "my faith holds everything together."

Blue Mass will show support for emergency responders

The Archdiocese of St. Louis held a "blue" Mass to honor and support emergency responders who dedicate their lives to serve and protect the citizens of the greater St. Louis region. The Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis by Bishop Edward Rice.

The recent shootings and deaths of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, La., have driven home the need for the Archdiocese of St. Louis's annual Blue Mass to pray for and with first responders —police officers, fire fighters, EMTs and other public servants — and their families.

Retreat focuses on spiritual support for first responders

A retreat for first-responders had been in the back of Deacon Mark Byington's mind for some time. Events last year in Ferguson brought it to the forefront.

"I always felt there was a need for it," he said.

So, Deacon Byington helped make it happen, reaching out to the White House Jesuit Retreat, and the first-ever retreat for first-responders is just around the corner.

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