2043 L Mon 21 Jan 2002
For Mass at the Cathedral yesterday Archbishop Hart was back.
About the first six rows were filled with altar servers who were
here for a conference with the Guild of Saint Stephen. In hi
s homily, Archbishop Hart spoke about being an altar server himself.
Two of the altar servers, one male the other female, did the
first two readings wearing albs. It would have been better if
Andrew Keswick did them. He was instituted as a lector on the
same day as me, on 27 February 2000. Yesterday he was in the
sanctuary as an altar server, so with an instituted lector
being available he should have done the readings.
Here is a press release from the Guild of Saint Stephen website
about the conference:
The Guild of St Stephen for Altar Servers is holding its 16th
National Conference in Melbourne in January 2002.
The Conference is open to all altar servers in year seven and
above, as well as clergy, religious and all who are interested
in liturgy and the ministry of serving.
The Conference is to be held at the Bayview Conference Centre
from 17--22 January, 2002. The theme chosen for the Conference
is "We Serve The Lord." A focus on the life of the
server, and how they can serve God better in their Christian
lives, as well as at the Altar.
The Conference is a good balance of talks, workshops, recreation
and free time as well as an excursion on the Sunday after Mass
at St Patrick's Cathedral.
The Conference timetable will include prayer and Mass daily,
a talk or seminar discussion in the morning and free time and
recreation in the afternoons. The evening sessions will be a
mixture of meetings, organised recreation in the afternoons.
The evening sessions will be a mixture of meetings, organised
recreation and time for relaxing.
The Conference fee is $250.00 per person which include all meals,
twin share accommodation and full use of the Conference Centre
facilities. A single room supplement is available. The fee does
not include travel to and from Melbourne. Bayview Conference
Centre, Clayton is located in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne,
about 20 minutes drive from the city. It is located on spacious
grounds with sports fields and tennis court nearby; convenient
to Monash Sports Centre and swimming pool; air conditioned, excellent
conference and dining facilities.
National Conferences are held every two years. The last Conference
was in Perth. Expressions of interest have already been received
from several states in Australia.
For further information and a registration form, please contact
Fr Gregory Pritchard, 14 Bedford Road, Ringwood, Victoria 3134.
Or email the guild at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is encouraging to see that level of organisation and expenditure
on liturgical training.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 21 January 2002.