The 1943 Bing Crosby song, “I’ll be home for Christmas,” popular among troops during World War II, was not sung at the Christmas Eve Mass at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, but “Eternal Father,” the Navy Hymn was beautifully performed by the choir.
The offertory gifts at Mass were presented by Naval Reserve Capt. Trent Friedel along with his two sons, Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic Third Class Garrison Friedel and Naval Academy Midshipman Jeremy Friedel with assistance from Naval Academy Midshipman Matthew Thibodaux.
Thibodaux is the son of Doctor James and Nina Thibodaux of Natchitoches.
Midshipmen Friedel and Thibodaux are graduates of St. Mary’s High School and attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md.