Tasmania gains six new acolytes

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Tasmania gains six new acolytes

Tasmania now has six new acolytes following their institution by Archbishop Julian at a Mass held at St Mary’s Cathedral in December.

The parishes of the Huon Valley, Kingston-Channel and St Mary’s Cathedral were represented amongst the candidates who will be able to serve during Masses, assist in taking Holy Communion to the sick and facilitate adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Archbishop Julian spoke to the candidates during the homily.

“The Church reminds you that the summit and source of the Church’s life is the celebration of the Holy Mass and the wonderful gift of the Lord’s real presence among us in the Holy Eucharist … today you are being called to a ministry that draws you closer to these mysteries,” His Grace said.

“May the step you take today – in entering into the ministry of acolyte – be a moment of grace to deepen in your hearts and lives a profound desire to serve God and the people of God.”

Vincent Parr, 18, has been an altar server for 11 years and says that the decision to become an acolyte was a natural one.

“I was already in charge of the Cathedral servers, so that was one of the reasons, but I also just wanted to have a closer part in the liturgy towards Communion and the Blessed Sacrament – and I thought it would be a great way to deepen my faith by having such a close connection to it.”

Luke Streher, 27, says that part of the reason he wanted to become an acolyte was to help facilitate Eucharistic adoration and that the preparation sessions gave him a greater understanding of what it means to be an acolyte and where the role fits within the wider Church.

Acolyte from Kingston-Channel Parish Michael Smith, 62, says they all gained from the process.

“Every one of us meeting afterwards said how much we actually got out of it – not just becoming an acolyte but to learn a lot about the Mass,” he said.

For Mr Smith, who was also instituted as a lector at the Mass, being instituted as an acolyte is a step on the path to becoming a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese.