The tradition of celebrating an annual Red Mass in the Catholic Church for judges, attorneys, law professors, students and government officials originates in Europe and dates back many centuries. In the United States, this liturgical custom has led to annual Masses for two other occupations: the Blue Mass for police officers and others engaged in public safety, and the White Mass for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
The White Mass, named for the white coats of the physicians, is typically celebrated on the Feast of St. Luke, the patron saint of physicians. These Masses honor all those who work in health care, from nurses and physicians to other healthcare professionals. White Masses are not just for Catholics; healthcare workers from all faiths are welcome.
We celebrate the Indianapolis White Mass on the Feast of our patron, St. Raphael, on September 29, the Feast of the Archangels: Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.
This is a clinician fully embracing the Catholic faith in his or her everyday work. He or she strives to embody Jesus as healer and dedicates his or her practice of medicine to serving His people. He or she follows the teachings fo the Catholic Church with regards to the science of medicine, acting as an instrument of peace and healing to patients and colleagues.
This is a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or other professional working in a healthcare setting and embracing the Catholic faith, striving to participate wholeheartedly in Catholic healthcare, He or she goes above and beyond to do our Lord's work and minister to those around him or her with compassion and integrity in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
This is an individual who embraces the Catholic faith and, in the course of non-clinical work, strives to further the work of the Curch in the profession of medicine. He or she works to heal and spread the Good News every day.
Monthly live, call-in radio program on Catholic Radio Indy. This discussion of medical issues from a Catholic perspective airs from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month. Podcasts of previous broadcasts are available here.
"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to His service."
— 1 Timothy 1:12