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Special Masses honor medical, police and legal professions

Three special Masses honoring and praying for the medical and legal professions, police and other emergency personnel will be held later this month and early in October.

Archbishop George J. Lucas will celebrate the annual White Mass to honor and pray for health care providers at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Christ the King Church in Omaha.

Sponsored by the Omaha chapter of the Catholic Medical Association, the evening will include a reception, dinner and program in the parish center. Doctors, dentists, allied health care providers, medical students, family and clergy are invited to the Mass.

The White Mass gets its name from the traditional color worn by health care providers - while the Red Mass, to be celebrated at 5 p.m. Oct. 1 in St. John Church on the Creighton University campus in Omaha, derives its name from the red vestments worn by priests to signify the fire of the Holy Spirit and by scarlet robes worn in times past by judges and doctors of law.

Creighton's president, Jesuit Father Timothy R. Lannon, will preside at the Red Mass, which is sponsored by Creighton's law school. Members of the Jesuit community will concelebrate the Mass, and the homily will be given by Father Gregory O'Meara, rector of the Jesuits at Creighton. Members of the legal profession, along with faculty, staff, students of the law school and people of all faiths are invited, Creighton officials said.

On Oct. 9 at 10 a.m., Archbishop Lucas will preside at the Blue Mass, named for the color of uniforms for law enforcement, firefighters and other emergency personnel, at Holy Cross Church in Omaha.

First responders from the Omaha area are invited to the Mass and Holy Cross School students will attend, said Father Chuck Swanson, chaplain for the Omaha Fire Department who is organizing the celebration. The Mass will include the choir from Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha and the student choir from Holy Cross School, he said.

Outside the church, fire trucks and police cruisers will be among vehicles students can tour, and fire safety tips will be available, Father Swanson said.

"It's a good learning experience for the students," he said.

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