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
May 3, 2016: Blue Mass at St. Gerard's Church
May 4 Herald
October 10, 2017
2017 Red Mass Pin
Bishop Serratelli & Clergy with Fire Academy recruits
Clergy, Chief Postorino, DC Hancock and 2017-1 PFD. recruits
Wife and son of LODD Captain Frank Mancinelli
Lynne, wife of LODD FF Scott Rogow escorted by Ret Captain Joe Parkin Jr.
Wives of LODD FF John Nicosia & Walter Bittner
Ladder 2 with 2017 class of Recruits
Chiefs of Passaic, Paterson and Clifton FDs
Passaic County Pipe and Drums
DC Brian McDermott
Chief Postorino & DC Ryan Murray
DC Kevin Hancock and Congressman Bill Pascrell
PFD Honor Guard
Ret. Captain Joe Parkin Jr of Honor Guard
Captain Scott Parkin of Honor Guard
Kyle Hughes State FMBA Northern District Vice President
BC Charles Onorato
Captain Scott Parkin Captain Mike Trommelen & FF Frank Petrelli
Paterson PBA President Alex Cruz, FF Lou Vega, & PFA President Gerry Behnke
Passaic County Pipe and Drums - DC Brian McDermott at right
Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli and Father Patrick Ryan
PPD Motorcycle Squad
Passaic County Sherriff's Department
2017-1 Paterson Fire Dept. recruits
Following are clips from the Beacon (Newspaper of Paterson Diocese)
October 9, 2018: 4th Annual Red Mass: The Mass Mass honored all LODD firefighters in the Diocese of Paterson with a special remembrance to Stanhope Firefighter Edward J. Frenenski who died in the line of duty on Oct. 23, 2017.
Msg. Mark Giordani
L-R: Chief McDermott, Passaic Fire Chief Patrick Trentacost Sr., Clifton Fire Chief Kevin McCarthy, Totowa Fire Chief Richard Schopperth , Little Falls Fire Chief Jack Sweezy Jr. and retired Chief Pasquariello at rear
BC William Bucher, BC Gabriel Aboyoun, BC Orlando. Rodriguez, BC Alejandro Alicea-Lopez
L-R - Michael Hall (E4), Michael Caposella (E6), Beth Fournier-Melhourn, Michael Scherer (Communications) and Isaac Feliciano (Combustibles)
Honor Guard: Frank Lozada and Josue Lopez
Bittner family, Fred Aromona's son (Fred Jr.), Retired BC William Duncan, DC Norman Morley and Chief John Mauro
FF K. Powell & FF R. Humphrey
Chief Pasquariello and Mayor Sayegh
Clifton FD. Lieutenant Angelina Tirado father was LODD
Captain Mike Trommelen with his mother. Behind them (L-R) FF’s G. Chavez, R. Feliciano, J. Dejesus
Chief Brian McDermott and retired Chief James Pasquariello
FF Manny Vargas, Capt Santino Falcone (floating), Capt Jose Castro (E1), BC Gabe Abouyan (Chief;s staff), Capt Joe Bradley (Chief's Staff),
Captain Steve D’Arco (E3) back facing, clockwise FF Brian Hirschmanner R2 Sunglasses FF Chris Tiritilli R2 then FF Jesus Garcia E3
October 2018 - North Jersey news
Honor Guard member FF Kelly Powel of Engine 2
Chief McDermott at left and Totowa Chief Vincent Marciano at right
October 15, 2019: Red Mass: At St John's Cathedral
Honor Guard - ret B/C Joe Parkin Jr
Chiefs (PFD) Brian McDermott and PPD (Troy Oswalt)
B/C Mike Caposella
PFD Ladder 1 - Assistant Master Mechanic Antonio Diaz
Clergy with Memorial Bell on Table
Chief Brian McDermott at left & PPD Chief Troy Oswalt at right
Ret D/C Norman Morley
D/C Donn Langevin
Honor Guard - Ret. Captain Scott Parkin in ref
Honor Guard - Ret B/C Joe Parkin Jr in red
October 13, 2020: St. John's Cathedral
October 22 Beacon
Bishop Sweeney (center), celebrant of
the Diocese’s sixth annual Firefighters Mass on Oct. 13, poses with concelebrating
priests, participating firefighters and the Passaic County Pipes and Drums Band after
the liturgy on the steps of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson on Main
American Flag is displayed suspended over
Main St. in front of the Cathedral of St. John in
Paterson, where the Diocese’s sixth annual
Firefighters Red Mass was celebrated on Oct.
The Bishop looks at the large American flag that was
suspended above Main St. in front of the cathedral by firefighters.
Paterson Fire Chief Brian McDermott plays “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes for
the fallen firefighters honored at the Mass.
Firefighters hold their caps while standing for the procession at the start of the liturgy.
Bishop Sweeney (center) during the
Consecration with concelebrants (from left):
Msgr. Geno Sylva, St. John’s rector and diocesan
vicar of special projects, and Father Brendan
Murray, a retired diocesan priest, who has served as a fire chaplain.
Family members of firefighters applaud at the end of the Mass.
. Passaic firefighters perform a “wrist bump” for the Sign of Peace.
A firefighter rings a
bell in memory of fallen firefighters who were
honored at the Mass