Serving at the altar is a fantastic way to draw closer to Christ, Pope Francis has said, and we here at Holy Comforter heartily agree. Boys and girls who have received their First Communion are eligible to serve. It’s a wonderful sight to see so many young Catholics in our parish who are eager to serve the Lord at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Training is required before serving, so please contact our coordinator, Daniel Kirkland, to get started and fill out the form below. In addition to one-on-one assistance from our more experienced servers, Holy Comforter also periodically offers group-setting training and refresher courses, so be sure to check the calendar!
(While typically young people are altar servers, the duties of an acolyte can be performed by anyone, man or woman, of any age. So even if you’re just young at heart, if you feel the Lord is calling you to this ministry, do not hesitate to respond to that call!)
LATIN MASS ALTAR BOYS
Holy Comforter is proud to also offer Masses in Latin in the Extraordinary Form three times each month. The Tridentine Rite Mass is the form of the Mass as established in 1962. Though widely believed to have been abrogated and suppressed by the institution of the Mass of Paul VI in 1970, today called the “Ordinary Form,” this was actually not the case. Pope Benedict XVI in his 2007 encyclical Summorum Pontificum made it clear that the Tridentine Rite was never abolished and can and should be celebrated wherever the people ask for it.
Because the Tridentine Rite is more complicated than the Ordinary Form, we are always looking for potential acolytes, thurifers, crucifers and torchbearers who are interested helping us celebrate this form of the Mass. Per the specific rubrics of the Tridentine Rite, serving at this form of the Mass is open to boys and men. If you believe the Lord is calling you and/or your sons to serve at this Mass, please contact our Master of Ceremonies, Chris Braunger, or get touch with one of the older boys following Mass.
The Extraordinary Form of the Mass is celebrated on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 1:30 pm.