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Religion Notes: First responders honored during Blue Mass

Every year police and firefighters honor those who have died in the line of duty with a Blue Mass. The event is also a celebration of their faith and service to the community. ABOVE: (l-r) Boynton Beach Fire Chiefs Kathy Cline and Latosha Clemons, Delray Beach Fire Capt. Brian Pollack, firefighter Scott Bitzer, driver/engineer Keith Meyerson and firefighter Fernando Faubla at the Sept. 12 Mass at St. Vincent Ferrer. Photo provided by Marie Ryan

More than 100 people took part in the Blue Mass to honor law enforcement, fire safety personnel and first responders from federal, state and local jurisdictions held at St. Vincent Ferrer Church on Sept. 12.

The Mass gives the community the opportunity to honor those who have died or been injured in the line of duty, as well as to show gratitude for those who serve.

The first Blue Mass was celebrated by Father Thomas Dade on Sept. 29, 1934, in Baltimore. Blue Masses have become more popular since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Help fight hunger

CROS Ministries will host its annual Hustle2EndHunger, a 5K run/walk and family fun day on Oct. 6 at John Prince Park in Lake Worth.

Registration begins at 6 a.m., the run starts at 7 and the walk begins at 8:15, followed by family activities from 9:30 to noon. The fee for runners is $40, including the running chip, T-shirt and family fun day activities. For walkers, registration is free.

Walkers who raise more than $40 get a T-shirt, water bottle and admission to the family fun day. For non-runners and non-walkers, entry to the family fun day is a suggested donation of $20. All proceeds benefit CROS hunger programs.

For more information or to register, go to or call 233-9009, extension 108.

Progressive dinner

First Presbyterian Church will hold its annual meet and greet and progressive dinner on Oct. 24. Reconnect with your church family at this event beginning at 5 p.m. with appetizers in Holly House, where you can do a little holiday shopping. From 6 to 7, dinner is served in Fellowship Hall. The cost is $8 per person or $28 per family. Reservations are encouraged for planning purposes. First Presbyterian is at 33 Gleason St., Delray Beach. Call 276-6338.

Class registration at Chabad

Chabad of South Palm Beach in the Plaza del Mar, 224 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, is offering two extended-week classes starting in October.

The first, the Jewish Learning Institute’s Wrestling With Faith, meets for six Tuesdays at 7 p.m. from Oct. 23 to Nov. 27.

The second, Read It in Hebrew, meets at 11 a.m. Mondays from Oct. 15 to Nov. 12. This course is $50, which includes a set of flash cards.

Register at or call 889-3499.

Send religion notes to Janis Fontaine at

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