20 May 2013

Report: Blue Mass

On Pentecost Sunday, 19 May 2013, the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 Traditional Latin Mass Guild hosted a Blue Mass at St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, to honor local law enforcement officers and to invoke God's blessing and protection upon them.
Prior to Mass, the Beaver County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard paraded the colors.

The Mass was offered by Fr. Johannes Smith of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Mount Saint Francis Hermitage, Maine, New York.

The Vidi Aquam.
Retiring the colors.
After Mass, there was a luncheon and awards ceremony in the church hall.
Featured speaker was Magisterial District Judge, and former Aliquippa police offer, James F. DiBenedetto.

Appreciation awards were presented to the Beaver County Sheriff's Office and the following municipal police departments: Aliquippa, Hopewell, Center, Ambridge, South Heights, Monaca, Independence, and Raccoon.

Awards were presented by John J. Kubanda, Grand Knight, and Sam Belli, Deputy Grand Knight of Woodlawn Council 2161, Ken Depenhart, District Deputy of District 97, and Mike Lucci of Trinity Council 5825.

Beaver County Sheriff George David offered closing remarks.

Woodlawn Council wishes to thank and acknowledge the following elected officials and dignitaries for their attendance at this Blue Mass and their support of local law enforcement officers:
Beaver County Commissioners
Tony Amadio and Joe Spanik
Beaver County District Attorney
Anthony J. Berosh
Beaver County Sheriff
George David
Mayor of Aliquippa
Dwan Walker
Aliquippa City Council Members
Ella Hudson and Earl Trump
Monaca Borough Council Member
John Dimarzio
Magisterial District Judge
James F. DiBenedetto
Magisterial District Judge
Janice Swihart
Monaca Borough Manager
Mario Leone
Chaplain of the Aliquippa Police Department
Reverend Stephen McKeown
Retired Aliquippa Police Chief
Ralph Pallante
Attorney Jim Ross
Candidate for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
Woodlawn Council also wishes to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support of this Blue Mass and our local law enforcement officers:
Saint Titus Parish, Aliquippa
Good Samaritan Parish, Ambridge
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Ambridge
Pennsylvania State Senator
Elder Vogel, Jr.
Pennsylvania State Representative
Rob Matzie
Beaver County Commissioner
Dennis Nichols
Beaver County Sheriff's Office
The City of Aliquippa
Borough of Ambridge
Mayor of Monaca
John P. Antoline
Monaca Borough Council
Center Township Board of Supervisors
Magisterial District Judge
W.R. Livingston, II
Hladio Law Office, Ambridge
Mitchell's Jewelers, Aliquippa
Crivelli Ford, Hopewell
Bill's Coins
Roland's Auto Repair, Aliquippa
Frankovitch, Anetakis, Colantonio & Simon
Latin Liturgy Association of Pittsburgh
Aliquippa Elks 1221
John A. Havey, Attorney at Law, Aliquippa
Demenel's, Aliquippa
Maple Restaurant, Ambridge
Finally, Woodlawn Council wishes to extend a special thank you to the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community, Inc., (PLMC) for providing expert logistical and liturgical support for this Blue Mass; to the Beaver County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard for their professional parading of the colors; to KAW for the beautiful photos; and to Fr. Johannes of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate for traveling to Aliquippa to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

May God bless our local law enforcement officers.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
pray for them.

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