Red Mass to be held Oct. 18, 2013
October 3, 2013
Bishop Emeritus Matthew H. Clark will celebrate the Red Mass, invoking the help of the Holy Spirit on judges, prosecutors, civil attorneys, canon lawyers and local governmental officials and all those in the legal community, on Friday, October 18, 2013, at 12:15 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester. Bishop Clark cordially invites all to attend.
The first documented Red Mass was held at Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, in 1225 AD and became a widely celebrated tradition throughout Europe thereafter. Cardinal Patrick Hayes of New York brought the tradition to the United States in 1928 and, since 1953, such a Mass has been celebrated at St. Matthew Cathedral, Washington DC, often with the President of the United States and a majority of Supreme Court justices in attendance.