Posts Tagged ‘Altar servers’

One of New Zealand’s oldest altar servers has died

Monday, March 12th, 2018

A “shining light” of the Taranaki faith community, and arguably one of the country’s oldest altar servers, has died. Sam, who had Down syndrome, became an altar server in 2002 and also regularly welcomed parishioners to weekly services, as a host at the door. On March 1, he died at Chalmers rest home after a short illness, with Read more

Cultural clash over altar servers

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Female altar servers are becoming an issue in some parishes that have high numbers of migrants attending Mass, Auckland diocese’s liturgy centre says. Many migrant populations have not been used to women and girls serving in this way, a statement from the liturgy centre to NZ Catholic noted. “This matter has to be handled with Read more

New US priests are cradle Catholics from big families

Friday, May 10th, 2013

He’s a 32-year-old cradle Catholic and former altar boy with three or more siblings. He had a full-time job after gaining an undergraduate degree, and regularly prayed the Rosary before entering the seminary. This is a typical example of the 497 men being ordained to the priesthood in the United States this year, according to Read more

Parents urged not to block a priestly vocation

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Parents should take care not to block their son’s calling to the priesthood, new Vatican guidelines on promoting vocations say. “Even though a sense of respect for the figure of the priest is cultivated in Christian families, it is still noticeable, especially in the West, that they have a certain difficulty in accepting that their Read more

Move away from altar girls reflects wider Catholic debate

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Mass had just begun at Corpus Christi Catholic Church when Jennifer Zickel, a Sunday school teacher, glanced at the church bulletin and saw something that made her sick to her stomach. Tucked in with announcements about a new electronic donation system and a church dinner at Margarita’s Mexican restaurant was news that Zickel, the mother of two Read more

Female altar servers not allowed

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Girls are not allowed to serve at the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, commonly known as the Tridendine Rite. The clarification comes after the recent Vatican encouragement to bishops, for them to “be generous” in providing the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. In answer to question whether female altar servers were permitted in the Extraordinary Read more