Blue Mass at Sacred Heard Cathedral
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It's an annual tradition honoring the men and women in blue.
"They put their lives on the lines everyday," said parishioner Bill Walters. "Basically they are here to serve and protect."
Dozens of law enforcement officers and agencies in the county and city attended Blue Mass.
"I think it's a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize community support," said Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard.
The mass has been held annually for more than ten years.
Pastors of the Cathedral Community at Sacred Heart say it's a once in a year opportunity to formally thank officers for what they do.
"We are all aware of the wonderful things they do in the community and a lot of times they do not get probably enough credit for what they are doing," said Father Kevin McKenna.
"And of course we want to pray for them," said McKenna. "They have a very difficult and at times a very dangerous job."
Law enforcement members say they are grateful to be honored, and encouraged by the support.
"So often when I meet people, they tell me they pray for us and they pray for the Rochester Police Department," said Chief Sheppard. "They pray for our community and I think it helps us stay strong in doing what we do."