Veterans Day Mass and prayer service, Nov. 10, St. Peter in J.C.

Monsignor Donald W. Lammers PA, a U.S. Army veteran and retired priest of the Jefferson City diocese, will preside at and preach the homily for this year’s St. Peter parish Veterans Day Mass and Prayer Service on Friday, Nov. 10.
Deacon Thomas Fischer of St. Peter parish will assist him.
The 8:30 a.m. Mass in St. Peter Church, 216 Broadway St., will be offered for all men and women who died in service of this country.
All are encouraged to attend the Mass to pray for and show solidarity with all veterans.
Veterans and service Personal are encouraged to wear their caps and/or uniforms.
The combined choirs of St. Peter and Cathedral of St. Joseph parishes, directed by Amy Pringer, will provide the music.
Members of the Dan C. Coppin and the St. Jude Fourth Degree assemblies of the Knights of Columbus will serve as the honor guard.
Color guard units from all local veterans’ organizations and auxiliaries will take part in the ceremony.
Representatives of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Jefferson City Police department and the Cole County Sheriff’s Department will present the gifts at the Offertory.
Joe McGrail and Andy Fender will be the altar servers.
The lectors will be Clarence Stieferman and Jack Dayton.
Joe McGrail will read the Veterans Day poem, and Jerry Dunn, chairman of the organizing committee, will lead the praying of the Veterans Day Prayer.
Members of the Samuel F. Gearhart Detachment of the Marine Corp League will fire the Three Volley Rifle salute, followed by the playing of “Taps.”
Ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1966, Msgr. Lammers served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55, before beginning his seminary training. He served as Catholic chaplain at the Catholic Newman Center in Rolla and as pastor in parishes in Salisbury, Meta, Rich Fountain, Jefferson City and Eldon before retiring (this year). He also served as diocesan director of religious education for seven years and diocesan director of ministry to priests for five years.
The late Monsignor Joseph Vogelweid PA, who was pastor of St. Peter parish for decades, began the Veterans Day Mass and service over 50 years ago.
Call Mr. Dunn at (573) 893-4463 or Jack Dayton, co-chairman, at (573) 353-1914 for information.

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