Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Parish decides altar-serving is for the boys

I just read about a Catholic parish in Norwalk that is returning to boys-only altar serving while creating a Handmaids of the Altar program for the girls. I think this is a fabulous idea. I have been hoping that more boys would actually serve at the altar wearing cassocks and surplices because altar serving is meant to help boys discern a priestly vocation.

7 comment(s):

del_button March 14, 2007 at 4:28 PM
catholicandgop said...

At my parish in WI there are only male altar servers. They wear cassock looking things (I'm ever so technical). When the Archbishop was there a few years ago he remarked that they were better dressed than they were.

del_button March 14, 2007 at 4:29 PM
Anonymous said...

I think that's a fabulous idea and would help more younger and older boys realize that alter serving is for discerning a priestly vocation. But it is not excluding the girls from helping at the alter either, with the Handmaids of the Alter program. Great idea!

del_button March 14, 2007 at 4:29 PM
catholicandgop said...

Ugh, I meant to say they were dressed better than he was.

del_button March 14, 2007 at 7:17 PM
Anonymous said...

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del_button March 14, 2007 at 9:06 PM
Matthew said...


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Thank you for the suggestion

del_button March 15, 2007 at 2:44 PM
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del_button March 15, 2007 at 2:50 PM
Unknown said...

IMHO, it would be fairer to have only male servers- and make the care of the altar linens the responsibility of said servers. That way, the boys would learn that if you get the 'glamorous ' duties you have to take the 'unglamorous ' ones too.
And what the heck does cooking have to do with the altar ?

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