Today we celebrated the annual Blue Mass for police, firefighters and all first responders. The mayors of Oakland and Hercules joined us, other elected officials, district attorney representatives, as well as numerous personnel in uniform. I am glad we had this opportunity as a Catholic community to show our appreciation for all who risk their lives for us on a daily basis. May God send His angels to protect them! Our hearts go out to the families of all who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Give them eternal rest O Lord.