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Archdiocese of Newark to Celebrate Annual Mass for Law Enforcement Officers
The Archdiocese of Newark will celebrate the Annual Mass for Law Enforcement Officers at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 12 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Clifton Avenue and Victoria Avenue, Newark NJ. The Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist.
The Mass remembers with reverence the men and women who serve in the often dangerous profession of protecting society, and honors in particular those who lost their lives in the line of duty in the past year. Every year since its inception almost 20 years ago, attendance by men and women in law enforcement has grown. This year, more than 1,000 representatives from federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement departments and agencies, as well as many public officials, are expected to attend.
This year, the Mass will honor Jersey City Police Department Detective Marc Anthony DiNardo, who died July 21, 2009 from gunshot wounds he received five days earlier when he and four other officers were shot while attempting to apprehend two suspects wanted for robbing and shooting a citizen.
“It is important to gather together each year to thank God for the courage and honor that He has given the many men and women who answer the call to serve and protect us all,” said Archbishop Myers. “This year, we will remember Detective DiNardo and all of those who gave their lives, and continue to ask God for His blessings for those who persevere in keeping our communities safe.”
Law enforcement officers from throughout the state and region, and their families and friends, are invited to attend the Mass and offer their support. The liturgy will also include a ceremonial presentation of the National Colors.
The liturgy will be followed by a hot and cold luncheon buffet at the Rink in Branch Brook Park. Tickets to the luncheon are $20.
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