Indiana Catholic churches plan Red Mass celebrations

As the month of October begins, Catholic dioceses around Indiana will be celebrating the annual Red Mass to honor and pray for members of the legal profession.

“In the Red Mass, the Church prays for all those involved in the legal system that they may be guided by the wisdom and grace of the Holy Spirit in all their endeavors,” Indianapolis Archbishop Charles C. Thompson told The Criterion Online Edition. “It is important that we pray and express support for all those in the legal profession, a noble service to the dignity of the person and the common good of society.”

All of the Hoosier dioceses except for Evansville will be holding Red Masses this year, which are open to individuals of all faiths. Also, a majority will be having an event immediately following the service for all attendees.

Below is a schedule of the 2021 Red Masses:

The Diocese of Lafayette will be offering its 6th annual Red Mass at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 1207 Columbia St., Lafayette. Bishop Timothy Doherty will be the celebrant. Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush is scheduled to attend and her husband, Deacon Jim Rush, will be assisting with the celebration of the mass.

A dinner will follow in Bishop Memorial Hall at the cathedral. The keynote speaker will be Senior Monroe County Judge Marc Kellams, who is a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. He ministers at Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi Parish in Greenwood and as the coordinator of corrections ministries for the archdiocese.

To register for the dinner, click here. Reservations are due by Thursday.

The Indianapolis Red Mass will be hosted by the St. Thomas More Society of Central Indiana at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5, at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1400 N. Meridian St. Thompson is scheduled to be the principal celebrant.

After, a dinner will be held in Assembly Hall at the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center, which is across the street from the cathedral. Former U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, who will be recognized by the society with the Woman for All Seasons Award, will be the keynote speaker.

The cost for the dinner is $35. Reservations can be made here.

The Diocese of Gary will be celebrating a Red Mass at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 7, at Our Lady of Consolation, 8303 Taft St., Merrillville. Bishop Robert McClory will be the officiant. The mass is being hosted by the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana.

A breakfast and continuing legal education seminar will follow. Senior Lake County Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura will be the featured speaker. One hour of CLE credit will be available.

For more information and to register for the breakfast, click here.

The Diocese of Fort Wayne – South Bend will be hosting two Red Masses. The first will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1102 S. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, and the second will be at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 26, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame.

Bishop Kevin Rhodes is scheduled to be the celebrant at both masses.

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