FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 20, 2002
Contact: Pamela Young
734.487.4400
pamela.young@emich.edu

SPECIAL GREEN MASS TO HONOR MICHIGAN EDUCATORS, SEPT. 29

YPSILANTI - First there was the Red Mass for lawyers. Then came the Blue Mass for law enforcement officers, and a Rose Mass for health care workers.

Now, Michigan educators will have their own special service - the Green Mass &emdash; thanks to efforts by the Eastern Michigan University Catholic Faculty and Staff Association.

The group will host the area's first Green Mass for educational personnel, Sunday, September 29, 5 p.m. at EMU's Holy Trinity Student Parish, 511 W. Forest, in Ypsilanti. A reception will immediately follow. The service is open to the public.

Bishop Carl Mengeling, of the Archdiocese of Lansing, will be the principal celebrant.

"The Catholic community has a long tradition of hosting special Masses for specific professions," said the Rev. Francis Mossholder, pastor of Holy Trinity. "It's important that we honor educators with their own special Mass. It's a wonderful way to start the academic year.

"It's also fitting that Bishop Mengeling will participate because he has a strong commitment to educators and students, at both the university and K-12 levels."

The Archdiocese of Lansing serves Catholic educators and students at three major universities &emdash; Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University &emdash; in addition to numerous other colleges and schools, said Mossholder.

For further information, call Holy Trinity at 734.482.1400.

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