By CATHERINE OWERS News Writer University President Fr. John Jenkins celebrated a Blue Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on Thursday in honor of firefighters and police officers. The Blue Mass honors not only Notre Dame Security Police and Notre Dame Fire Department, but also personnel from local and nationwide departments, fire chief Bruce Harrison said. “Notre Dame Security Police and the Notre Dame Fire Department are the hosts and represent the University, and then [they] encourage anyone who wants to participate to come,” Harrison said. “Particularly [police and fire personnel] in the region – St. Joseph County and beyond – we try to invite in.” Harrison said the Mass especially honored police officers and firefighters who have passed away in the last year, both in the line of duty and after their retirement. “We like to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the passing of all the retirees in our ‘family,’ so to speak,” he said. According to the Notre Dame Fire Department website, the Blue Mass is named for the color of uniforms that many police officers and firefighters nationwide wear. The Mass was first celebrated at Notre Dame as the traditional ‘month’s mind’ Mass for victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The Blue Mass continues for them and for the police officers, firefighters and rescue workers who have died while serving and protecting others. The guest speaker at this year’s Blue Mass, George Hernandez, is a firefighter from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and was a member of the United States Forest Service as a hotshot firefighter, Harrison said. He said hotshot firefighters gained recognition last summer when 19 members of an elite group in Arizona died. “They were out trying to protect property and got caught in what they call a burn-over,” Harrison said. “The number of loss of life is particularly astounding.”That was a very tragic event for our wildlife community. And see how quickly it has lost focus” “We like to think that since we are common in cause, we provide an opportunity to remember [the hotshot crew] and understand the hardships their families are going through without them.” Harrison said he hopeseNotre Dame will continue to host an annual Blue Mass. “It is a somber occasion, but it is meaningful to try and capture that spirit of remembrance, and I think that this is what it’s all about,” he said. Contact Catherine Owers at email@example.com
Remind yourself how much fun a hooker romantic comedy can be below. In the grand tradition of Broadway hooker musicals (The Life, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Irma La Douce and even—ahem—“dancer for hire” Sweet Charity), there may be a new entry. A musical adaptation of the hit 1990 romantic comedy Pretty Woman is aiming for the stage, according to The New York Post. The blockbuster movie, which memorably paired Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, told the story of a Hollywood streetwalker and the corporate tycoon who hires her—and then falls for her. Think Pygmalion and My Fair Lady but with big hair and sleazy attire. Movie director Garry Marshall, producer Paula Wagner and screenwriter J.F. Lawton are all smitten with the idea of a Pretty Woman musical, according to the Post. Of course, without a composer and creative team, it doesn’t look like this loverly idea will materialize on the Great White Way anytime soon. View Comments
As a follow-up to yesterday, I was thinking about all the TV and radio shows where sport authorities talk about current athletic teams and/or players. Just as those sports personalities from yesterday’s blog were suspended, most call-in shows on radio tend to criticizeplayers and teams rather than talk about the positives. An example is Tracy Jones on WLW Radio. His show elicits callers who want everyone traded, released, or run out of town. In my opinion, he seldom disagrees with them.There are several programs on ESPN that do the same thing. They usually are hosted by ex-pro athletes who may or may not have been top players in their sports. They now consider themselves experts in the field as they criticize the coaches and players in today’s sports world. I personally avoid watching or listening to these shows. They accomplish nothing and aren’t always right (again, in my opinion). That is why I try to stay positive on Coaches Corner.
National Chapters committee chairman of Hearts of Oak, Barimah Atuahene has declared that he would give up his position as a member of the board despite his opposition to two newly appointed board members.Atuahene has publicly expressed his discontentment with the appointment of Sowah Odotei and Alhaji Ankabi onto the board of management of the club.According to Atuahene, although he would not quit his seat on the board, he wants to be on record to have vehemently opposed the appointment of the duo.In an exclusive interview with Joy Sports, Barima Atuahene said:“If really, the board is going ahead to approve the appointment of the two gentlemen,I will walk out of the meeting and meet my people.””I will come back to give them (the board) the message which I discussed with my people. I will still be part of the board.” Atuahene replaced Alhaji Akanbi as the chairman of the national chapters committee.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports