A Mass in honor of all military service men and women, past and present, will be celebrated at St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church, 10134 S. Longwood Dr., on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m.
The Mass will focus on peace among all nations, and it will honor and thank all members of the United States military who have defended and continue to defend the U.S.
The celebrant and homilist will be the Rev. Jim Donovan, pastor of St. Barnabas. U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve Capt. Kevin Ryan will offer remarks reflecting on the meaning of Veterans Day in contemporary American society.
Ryan served as an infantry officer with the 2nd Battalion-24th Marines and 1st Battalion-8th Marines. He also served as a foreign security-force advisor within a NATO task force. His tours of operation include Europe, Africa and Afghanistan.
After completing his last assignment, Ryan attended the University of Oxford and earned a master’s degree in diplomacy. He now studies at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University while working in the U.S. House of Representatives. In his role as a Congressional staffer, he currently assists in the evacuation of at-risk Afghan nationals from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
Mass will begin by acknowledging all branches of the armed services and inviting all veterans and current service men and women to join in the entrance procession. Each division will be led by its respective flag. In addition to the recognition given during the entrance procession, the names of those currently serving in the military will be read aloud.
Veterans will present the gifts of bread and wine at the Mass, along with the names of those currently serving in the military and a Peace Candle. Following Holy Communion, Ryan will offer his remarks.
There will also be a special blessing for current service men and women, as well as all veterans.
At the close of Mass, a musical tribute to the armed services will be presented by the St. Barnabas Choir.
The first Mass celebrated in honor of the military at St. Barnabas was in 2008, and it has been conducted annually ever since. Organizers said that Americans must always remember to pay tribute and to thank the service men and women of their country and show that they are forever grateful to those who have been injured and to those who have lost their lives defending their freedom.
To add the name of an active service person to the list that will be read at the Prayers of the Faithful, call Kitty Ryan at (773) 779-1166, ext. 226, or email email@example.com.