Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Altar Servers - Enrolment in Guild of St Stephen

New members of Guild of St Stephen being enrolled by Fr Chris Spain
At a special Mass on the Feast of St. Stephen, youngsters from our three communities were enrolled in the Guild of which he is patron, and Claire Franklin, M.C. at St. Teresa's, Merstham, received the silver medal awarded to those who have served for 10 years. Claire has served for longer, but was not at first a member of the Guild.

St. Joseph's, Redhill, being the largest community with the most Masses, the altar servers are trained chiefly by Anne Evans. They start with simple things like practicing walking and kneeling properly, and then progress to trial serving with Anne or another adult taking the part of the priest. Finally they are gradually added to the servers rota.

At St. Teresa's numbers are much smaller and servers learn as they go, under the careful guidance of Claire. Francesca, 10, said "It was difficult when I first started because there were times when I was the only one, and I didn't always know what to do. Now I am quite confident because I know how to do everything" Tom really enjoys being close to the action rather than at a distance in the congregation.

At the same Mass our recently appointed priest, Fr. Aaron Spinelli, read and signed his Oath of Fidelity.

Text Ann Lardeur Photo Janet Franklin. (Silver Medallist Claire Franklin extreme right)

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