Bishop James F. Checchio of the Diocese of Metuchen will preside over the 17th annual Blue Mass for law enforcement at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 548 Main Street, Metuchen.
Before Mass begins at 10:30 a.m., members of police departments from around the diocese will assemble outside and process into the Cathedral. There will be an honor guard procession, pipes and drums music, and the singing of the National Anthem.
After Communion, there will be a remembrance of those officers who have died in the line of duty. The remembrance portion will conclude with a 21-gun salute, “Amazing Grace” played by pipes and drums, and “TAPS” played by buglers.
After Mass, the bishop will bless the troops and, weather permitting, there will be a State Police aircraft flyover. Students of Saints Philip and James School will participate.
All are welcome to attend.