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Blue Mass


For more information on the Blue Mass,
call the Office of Communications and Media at 609-403-7199.

A Mass honoring law enforcement personnel in Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean and Burlington Counties will be celebrated on April 18. 2017 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton at 10:30 a.m.

The 17th annual event is held to offer thanks to God for the dedication and sacrifice made by the women and men in law enforcement and for their families and communities. The Celebration of Law Enforcement, or Blue Mass as it has come to be known, is sponsored by the diocese each year and is coordinated by the Blue Mass committee, among others.

Luncheon donation of $20 per person requested. Immediate families of law enforcement personnel are free. Reservations required by April 11, • 609-403-7199

To order lunch tickets, submit checks made payable to: Diocese of Trenton-Blue Mass and mail to:
Attn: Jennifer Britton
701 Lawrenceville Rd.
P.O. Box 5147
Trenton, NJ 08638-0147

A Policeman’s Prayer

O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal Wisdom embraces the universe, watch over all policemen and Law enforcement officers everywhere.

Protect them from harm in the performance of their duty.

We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe, day and night.

We commend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous.

Grant them strength and courage in their daily assignments.

Holy Father, protect these brave men and women.

Grant them your almighty protection, unite them safely with their families after Duty has ended. In Jesus’ name we pray.


2016 Blue Mass Coverage

From The Monitor

For seventeenth straight year, Blue Mass recognizes those who protect and serve

Bishop David M. O'Connell's homily from the 2016 Blue Mass

2015 Blue Mass Coverage

From The Monitor

As Easter Week unfolds, Diocese celebrates 16th annual Blue Mass
Photo Gallery

2014 Blue Mass Coverage

From The Monitor

2014 News coverage from
Diocese's annual Mass for Law Enforcement marks a milestone
Bishop O'Connell's homily for the Blue Mass

2013 Blue Mass Coverage

From The Monitor

2012 Blue Mass Coverage

From The Monitor

2017 Blue Mass Committee:

The Most Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M.
Bishop of Trenton

Lt. Howard Allaire (Ret.)
Trenton Police Department

Chairmen Emeritus
Det. James P. Vuocolo (Ret.)
Dover Township Police

Chief Jeff Thompson (Ret.)
Ocean County Sheriff’s Dept

Committee Members:


Rayanne Bennett
D.O.T. Communications Office

Chris Burgos, President 
Michael Zanyor, First Vice President
State Troopers Fraternal Assoc.

Ptl. Brian Carvale (Ret)
Hamilton Twp. P.D.

Patrick Colligan, President
N.J. State Policemen’s Benevolent Assoc.

Frederick Deickmann, Undersheriff
Monthmouth County Sheriff's Office

Robert W. Fox, President
Kevin Karcher
N.J. Fraternal Order of Police

Lt. Craig Johnson
Sgt. Anthony Pereira
Ocean County Sheriff’s Office

C.O. Daniel Kemble

Pete J. Stilianessis, President
DSFC Frederick J. Gordon (Ret)
DSG James Regan
N.J. State Police N.C.O.A

Rev. Msgr. Philip A. Lowery
Clergy Coordinator

Joseph L. Mannucci, Jr., Deputy Chief (Ret.)
Rudolph A. Frank, Commander

US Customs & Border Protection

U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos
John Faber
Admin. Analyst, US Marshals Service

S.S.A. Michael Mohr
Deacon Andrew Strus

Stephen J. Montgomery
Kenneth Shuey (Ret.)
Special Agent, F.B.I

David Paulus
Ocean County 200 Club

David P. Rible, Assemblyman
NJ State Assembly, District 11

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Roldan, Rector
St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral

Rev. Michael Hall
Diocesan Dir, Office of Worship

Mitchell C. Sklar, Executive Dir.
N.J. State Assoc. of Chiefs of Police

Agent Rick Prihoda
N.J. State Parole Board 

The Catholic Diocese of Trenton, 701 Lawrenceville Road, Trenton, NJ 08648