FALL RIVER — The 25th Red Mass in the Diocese of Fall River will be celebrated on Saturday, October 14, at 4 p.m. in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in Fall River.

The Red Mass is the popular name for the Mass of the Holy Spirit offered to invoke God’s guidance and strength on those working in the areas of law and justice. Its origins go back to 13th-century Europe; its name is derived from the color of the vestments customarily worn by the celebrants. Today, the Mass is widely celebrated in dioceses throughout the U.S. and beyond. 

Judges, attorneys, court personnel and others working in the justice system throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands are invited to attend.

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V, will be principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass.

In a tradition unique to the Fall River diocesan celebration, the Red Mass will conclude with the presentation of the St. Thomas More Medallions to members of the area legal community in recognition of dedicated service. 

Selected to receive the award this year are, as distinguished jurist, Judge Thomas J. Perrino, Massachusetts Superior Court; as distinguished attorney, Maryclare Cushing, Assistant District Attorney Superior Court, Bristol County District Attorney’s Office; as distinguished court employee, Jennifer A. Sullivan, Clerk of Courts, Bristol County Superior Court; as distinguished recipient of the ecumenical award, Attorney Aaron J. Bor, New Bedford; and as distinguished recipient of the Joseph P. Harrington Founder’s Award, Attorney Daniel M. Rich, Norton.

Award recipients were nominated for the recognition by the Red Mass planning committee, headed by New Bedford attorney Michael J. Harrington.

It was then-Bishop of Fall River now Cardinal Archbishop of Boston Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap., who inaugurated the Red Mass in the Diocese of Fall River in 1997 and expressed his hope that it would become an annual tradition.

All are welcome at the Red Mass. A reception and dinner will follow for which a ticket is required. 

For more information about the Red Mass and reception, please contact Red Mass Committee chairman Attorney Michael J. Harrington at 508-994-5900 or by email harringtonpc@aol.com.