KC parish revives tradition for first responders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City parish will continue a tradition of offering a New Year’s Day Mass to honor police officers and other first responders who died in the line of duty.

The Mass at St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church will be at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The custom started in 1924 but ended in the 1960s after the church’s then-pastor died. The tradition was revived about five years ago after the Rev. Ernie Davis found an old chalice and asked volunteers to clean it.

The Kansas City Star reports the chalice had an inscription honoring Dennis Whalen, a Kansas City police officer who was shot to death on New Year’s Eve 1923. It was donated by Whalen’s wife.

After Davis discovered the chalice’s history he revived the special Mass.


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