A Mass in Honor of All Military Service Men and Women, Past and Present will be
celebrated at St. Barnabas Church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., Sun., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. The Mass will focus on peace among all nations and will honor and thank all members of the armed services who have defended and continue to defend the United States.
The main celebrant and homilist will be Fr. Jim Donovan, pastor of St. Barnabas Parish. Mass will acknowledge all branches of the military, and all veterans and current service men and women are invited to join in the entrance procession. Each division will be led by their respective flag.
The names of those currently serving in the military will be read aloud, and veterans will present the gifts of bread and wine, and a Peace candle during mass. There will also be a special blessing for current service personnel and all veterans. Mass will close with a musical tribute to the armed
services sung by the St. Barnabas choir.
The first mass celebrated in honor of the military at St. Barnabas was in 2008 and it has been done annually ever since. The message is to always remember to pay tribute to and thank the people who serve our country, and to be forever grateful to those who have been injured or who lost their lives defending our freedom.
For more information visit stbarnabasparish.org. To add the name of an active service person to the list that will be read during the mass, contact Geri Doherty, 773-779-1166 ext. 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.