PORTLAND, Maine — Bishop Richard J. Malone, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, will celebrate two special Masses this weekend.
A Green Mass to honor those who work to protect the environment will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 492 Main St., Old Town.
A Blue Mass to honor first responders, including emergency medical technicians, fire and law enforcement personnel and other public safety workers, will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 27 Bartlett St., Lewiston.
All who work in environmental studies, forest and land management, environmental protection, wildlife management, conservation and park management, regardless of faith, are invited to attend the Green Mass, according to Sue Bernard, spokeswoman for the diocese. All who work as first responders are invited to the Blue Mass.
At the Green Mass, the bishop will express the church’s thanks for this service to the common good and invoke God’s blessing upon those who serve and protect the natural beauty of Maine, Bernard said in a press release.
The first Green Mass was held three years ago at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Millinocket.
Last year, the Blue Mass was held at St. John Catholic Church, 207 York St., in Bangor.
Once a year, the Catholic Church celebrates a White Mass to honor those in the medical field and a Red Mass to honor members of the legal profession. Dates for those Masses were not available Wednesday.