The Fall River Diocese is holding its annual Red Mass celebration for members of the legal community on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River.
The Red Mass celebration is hosted each year by the diocese to invoke God's blessings on those who work in the legal system and honor members of that community for dedicated service. Its name is derived from the color of the vestments customarily worn by the celebrants.
Bishop Sean O'Malley will be the principal celebrant of the Mass. Guest homilist will be Holy Cross Rev. Mark Cregan, who is president of Stonehill College in North Easton.
O'Malley will present the St. Thomas More Awards in recognition of distinguished service to justice and the common good. A judge, lawyer and court employee will be honored with the award named after More, the 16th century Catholic layman and martyr who refused to compromise principle though pressured by outside sources.
Harvard University Law Professor Mary Ann Glendon is the featured guest speaker at a reception following the Mass. Attorney Joseph P. Harrington of New Bedford, chairman of the committee planning the Mass, said he is looking forward to the celebration which will be the fifth such one held in the diocese.
"It's a great opportunity to bring together people who work in the justice system to participate in Mass with Bishop O'Malley, to receive blessings on our work, and to take some time to reflect on what we do in our daily work and how it impacts society," said Harrington.