Photos by Alan M. Dumoff
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Gibbsboro celebrated a special 2 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass for U.S. military serving in Afghanistan. The unit of service men and women, recently adopted by the parish, informed St. Andrew that they would not have a military chaplain present to offer Christmas services, so the Gibbsboro parish reached out to NBC 10 Philadelphia, which live streamed the Mass online. St. Andrew pastor, Msgr. Louis Marucci, received permission from Bishop Joseph Galante to celebrate the early service to accommodate the time difference in Afghanistan and allow soldiers to have an 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. At left, Msgr. Marucci (center) celebrates Mass, assisted by Deacons William Slaven and Vincent Okoro. Right, U.S. military servicemen pray in the church.