PATERSON, NJ- Leather and denim, chains and boots were the attire at 11:30 mass at Paterson’s St. John’s Cathedral on Sunday.
Making his way from the rectory to the outdoor altar set up for the occasion on his own 2003 Harley Davidson Road King, Monsignor Mark Giordani proceeded to offer spiritual nourishment to the more than 500 that gathered for the outdoor mass.
This marked the 49th annual Motorcycle Mass & Blessing sponsored by the Christian Riders Motorcycle Club which Father Giordani founded in 1969 with the help of “a couple biker friends.”
The purpose of the club, Giordani pointed out, is to “evangelize” or to “witness to Christ as bikers” in an effort to change the “negative image of bikers” and to “infuse a real spirit of brotherhood through faith.”
Among the clubs represented on Sunday was the Blue Knights, Chapter 17, Paterson’s chapter of the international organization that counts law enforcement professionals as its members.
Paterson Police Officer Sean Reed, the chapter’s president, told TAPinto Paterson that the chapter, which boasts over 50 members, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 and continues to maintain a focus on raising funds for charities important to its members.
Among their efforts is one currently underway to help provide new Paterson police officers with bullet resistant vests. At a cost of over $1000 many new officers can not afford to purchase them when they begin their careers. The City of Paterson does not provide them.
Their members, Reed said, come together around their love of motorcycles and “ride for a reason.”
With the mass over Monsignor Giordani invited all riders back to the 50th anniversary mass which will be held on May 5, 2019, and then proceeded to offer special blessings before sprinkling them with holy water.