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Cathedral of St. Paul holds Mass for Troops

The Cathedral of Saint Paul, in St Paul, Minn held an open denomination mass for families of deploying service members and the public  On Saturday evening all troops were given the opportunity to come inside and be blessed by the beautiful décor and hear the sermon within

One of the many families in attendance at the mass were the members of the Hoffman family 

"We loved the service today," Maj Bruce Hoffman who attended with his wife and two young daughters, dressed in darling pink Easter dresses, hugging on his arms 

"It was a wonderful service, it was very special to see that the bishop could come," said Hoffman's wife

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Twelve members of the Eustice family, all with matching bright red personalized tee-shirts in support of their Soldiers, attended the mass  The family has three members deploying with the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team, a private first class, a sergeant and a command sergeant major  The two brothers and their father will be a part of the 2,400 troops mobilized in support of Operation New Dawn 

"I thought it was nice that they did that," Pfc John Eustice, who is one the brothers of the three deploying service members from the Eustice family deploying soon to Kuwait and Iraq

"I thought it was very well," said a sister of the deploying brothers  "It was so nice to see the support from the church and it was nice to have that when they were going to deploy"

The mass offered words of encouragement and blessings for all denominations in attendance during the sermon, as well as gifts that were offered at the end of mass to the troops in attendance   One token included a dog tag with the "˜shield of strength' on one side and a Red Bull insignia on the other, something many enjoyed receiving 

"It was nice to see the bishop presiding over the mass in this beautiful building," said 1st Lt Jeremy Pedersen, Chaplin of the 2-135th Infantry ""¦ it was very spiritually uplifting"

Soldiers from the 1/34th Brigade Combat Team will leave this summer and be stationed primarily in Kuwait  They will be responsible for providing base management, security, securing ground convoys to and from Iraq  The Brigade is expected to return early summer of 2012 

April 9th, 2011
By Staff Sgt Lynette Hoke
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs


 





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