Christ asks us to pray for this generation; and the Way of the Cross beckons us to follow Him through True Motherhood.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Please read this article, http://www.adoremus.org/0302Altargirls.html It refers to the history of altar servers, how permitting girls came about, and what the Holy See has really said on the matter in recent years. After reading this and the letter Congregation's letter linked in the article, please consider asking your girls to offer up the role of altar server to God so one boy may serve more often and answer a call to the priesthood. But first read further on the subject and decide from there. This is a bigger issue than we have been aware of. Thank you.
Here are other related links on th subject:
The first is the USCCB guidelines on altar servers. The first line reads, "Although institution into the ministry of acolyte is reserved to lay men, the diocesan bishop may permit the liturgical functions of the instituted acolyte to be carried out by altar servers, men and women, boys and girls."
The second link is an article about a program development for altar servers, preferably for boys, but possibly for boys and girls separate; and the need for a program for true faith formation in them. This too the Holy See has tried to encourage.