Sa­cred Heart Church holds first ‘blue mass’

Law en­force­ment hon­ored, prayed for at event

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com

Amid waves of na­tional un­rest and di­vi­sion be­tween law en­force­ment and the com­mu­ni­ties they pro­tect, Sa­cred Heart Church in La Plata in­vited peo­ple of all de­nom­i­na­tions to at­tend its in­au­gu­ral “blue mass” on Fri­day to pray for the men and women who put

to erupt with ap­plause.

Af­ter the mass con­cluded, Berry thanked Sa­cred Heart Church and the cit­i­zens of Charles County who show sup­port for law en­force­ment.

“I’m very ap­pre­cia­tive of what Sa­cred Heart Church has done to­day, show­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for law en­force­ment, not just the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, but all the law en­force­ment en­ti­ties that are in the com­mu­nity,” he said. “For the folks that take the time out of their busy sched­ule to put on this ser­vice and let us mem­bers of the law en­force­ment com­mu­nity know that we’re ap­pre­ci­ated means a lot and I’m very hum­bled by that.”

“We un­der­stand that what’s hap­pen­ing na­tion­ally has caused a strain in re­gards to po­lice and com­mu­nity re­la­tions,” Berry con­tin­ued. “Here in Charles County, we are very for­tu­nate to have a com­mu­nity that sup­ports its law en­force­ment, and not ev­ery com­mu­nity has that luxury. So, we’re thank­ful for that.

“That won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship that we have in Charles County, we’re just try­ing to pro­tect and pre­serve, and we’re just grate­ful for it.”

STAFF PHOTO BY AN­DREW RICHARD­SON

Af­ter mass, many parish­ioners per­son­ally thanked the uni­formed of­fi­cers for their ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY AN­DREW RICHARD­SON

Af­ter mass at Sa­cred Heart Church con­cluded, ev­ery­one was in­vited to lunch held in the church base­ment.

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