Altar servers honoured

  • October 20, 2008
{mosimage}TORONTO - More than 600 people attended the 25th Cardinal Carter Altar Server Awards ceremony and Mass at St. Paul’s Basilica on Oct. 11.

It was the first time that the ceremony, sponsored by the Serra Clubs of Toronto, was held outside St. Michael’s Cathedral.
About 180 youth from 40 parishes in the archdiocese of Toronto received the award for their service as  altar servers at their home parishes.

Similar ceremonies were also held in Durham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill this fall.

Toronto Auxiliary Bishop Richard Grecco said in his homily that the model of servant leadership is found in altar serving.

“You are leading all ministers, servants to their destination,” he said. “You serve by leading everybody in this sacred, holy place.”

Sixteen-year-old Anjali Abraham from St. Thomas the Apostle mission parish in Scarborough said she she started volunteering as an altar server when she was in Grade 3.

“You learn to be responsible and attentive,” Abraham told The Register after the ceremony.

Sophie Mathew, the mother of award recipient Amanda Mathew, also from St. Thomas the Apostle Mission parish, said she was proud of the two girls.

“It gives them a good chance to get closer to the church and to God,” she said.

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