All firefighters to be recognized at diocesan Mass


TOLEDO – The Historic Church of St. Patrick will host the eighth annual Mass honoring firefighters on
Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. Monsignor Christopher Vasko, Pastor of  the host church will celebrate Mass. All
area firefighters and their families are invited to attend Mass and brunch at The Blarney, 601 Monroe
St., Toledo following.
The first Mass honoring firefighters was in 2007 when Father Dennis Hartigan dedicated the church to
firefighters, who he credited with saving the church from a 1980 fire. In 1980, a lightning strike
caused a fire that destroyed the church steeple.
Over the years, The church has come to be known as the firefighters’ church and where an altar shrine is
dedicated to St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters.
The church is located at 130 Avondale, Toledo.

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