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Inaugural Blue Mass celebrated in Auburn

By JESSICA MILLER
For The Catholic Week
AUBURN — St. Michael Parish’s inaugural Blue Mass on Sept. 11 celebrated First Responders. It was a time to honor and pray for all First Responders, including those who died in the past year.
The Mass also remembered those who died 18 years ago on Sept. 11.
Members of St. Michael Parish, along with 15 Auburn policemen, Auburn Fire Chief and mayor participated. At the conclusion of Mass Rev. Msgr. Michael L. Farmer, Pastor of St. Michael, asked all First Responders to stand as he invoked God’s blessing upon all present.
Msgr. Farmer stated he hoped next year’s Mass will encompass more First Responders by inviting First Responders from Opelika and towns in Lee County, as well as the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and Rescue organizations. He added that citizens of Lee County have gone through many trying times this past year, with a death of a policeman in the line of duty and the deadly tornadoes in March.
“So hopefully this will become an annual event for the Catholic community in Lee County to invite First Responders to the Blue Mass to specifically pray for them and to thank them for their service to our community,” Msgr. Farmer said.

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