Acolytes

We process carrying crosses, torches and/or flags and banners.  We serve at the altar during the worship services performing various duties.  We may process during the reading of the gospel, one holding the gospel book for the deacon/priest and two carrying torches.  We give the alms basins to the ushers for collection and receive them back from the ushers once the collection has been made. We may receive the bread and wine from the oblationers and assist in the preparation of the table for the Eucharist.  One may ring the Sanctus Bell and one may refill the wine chalices during the Eucharist.  We also light the altar and lectern candles before the service and extinguish them after the service.  We assist in any way requested by the priests, deacon, vergers or Eucharistic ministers.

The minimum age is 9: the acolyte must be big enough to handle a torch.  Sometimes, a 9 year-old is not quite ready.  Even if an 8 year-old is strong for his/her age, the minimum age is still 9 for consistency and maturity.  On-the-job training.

Contact:             Joanie Andrews  joaniec21@aol.com

Ken Esteb          hrd2imagine@hotmail.com