In 2015, the Diocese of Paterson in association with the Paterson and other fire departments in Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties established the first Annual Firefighter's Red Mass, whose sole purpose was to honor those firefighters who have made the Supreme Sacrifice and the reception to follow is open to all including firemen from Passaic, Morris and Sussex Counties. The first mass occurred on October 8, 2015 and the second on October 2016 at St. Gerard Majella Church in Paterson.
A commemorative pin displaying the patron Saint of firefighters, St. Florian was provided
Photo from the 2015 Red Mass
Bishop Arthur Joseph Serratelli and his secretary Fr. Kevin Corcoran
Sounding of the Memorial bell: B/C Charles Onorato; in background, Captain Michael Trommelen
Patrick Ryan (PFD Chaplain), Chief Michael Postorino, Bishop Serratelli, Mayor Torres, DC Kevin Hancock, Fr Rijo Johnson (Pastor of St. Gerard's)
PFD Honor Guard: Capt. Scott Parkin, FF Saul Cintron, Capt. AJ Woods, Ret. Capt. Joseph Parkin Jr.
DC Brian McDermott leading the bagpipetrs
Retired Chief James Pasquariello
Honor Guard Procession
Retired FFs Joseph Parkin Sr. and Frank Calamita
2015 Red Mass Committee. (L-R) is FF F. Petrelli Jr., B/C C. Onorato, Capt. M. Trommelen, D/C K. Hancock, June Fiduccia (Church Coordinator), Chief M. Postorino, FF Gerald Behnke, FF Kyle Hughes, and FF Robert Allen. (missing from photo is Fr. Patrick Ryan).
2016 Red Mass Photos
Paterson Fire department Honor Guard: left to right are Captain AJ Woods, Frank Lozato, Luis Vega, Ronald Humphrey and Captain Scott Parkin
Clifton Chief Kevin McCarthy, Passaic Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr. & Paterson Chief Michael Postorino
Supreme Sacrifice relatives at right: members of the Nicosia, Bittner, & Mancinelli Families
DC Michael Fleming & BC Charles Onorato
Fr. Leo Antony (Administrator - St. Gerard's), Fr. Patrick Ryan (PFD Chaplain), Monsignor James Mahoney and Fr. Brando Ibarra