The Southern Cross : April 2010
Page 12 April 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news You are invited to be of The order of Canons Regular of Premontre are a community of men (priests and brothers) who are committed to being Church through the profession of Evangelical Counsels, lived in community. This is expressed through the dignified celebration of the Eucharist, Common Prayer (divine office) and other varied pastoral work as a witness to the Resurrection of Christ. The community cordially welcomes any interested men to come and to discern this way of life. Come and check out our Norbertine communal way of life and prayer! For further information: Christopher J. Lim, O. Praem Tel: (08) 9451 5586 Fax: 61-8-9356 1602 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.norbertines.org.au Postal: 135 Treasure Road Queens Park WA 6107, Australia Name :________________________________ Address :________________________________ Postcode :________State/Region :___________ Country :________________________________ E-mail :________________________________ Tel :________________________________ Hp :________________________________ With us on the way to God! it th th h t G G G G d d! ! W W Wi O One H He ea art A An nd dO On ne eM Miin nd An official society of altar ser vers could soon be established in Adelaide to help boost the dwindling number of ser vers and potentially add to the future ranks of local seminarians. Altar ser vers from the Brooklyn Park Parish have written to Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson requesting the creation of an Adelaide branch of the Guild of St Stephen. One of the guild's principal aims is to foster vocations to the priesthood. Under the constitution of the Guild, the Archbishop of a diocese is the authority to approve the establishment of a branch of the guild on a parish-by-parish basis or as a public association across the entire diocese. Archbishop Wilson told The Southern Cross he would do all he could to suppor t and promote altar ser vers in the diocese and encourage more people to par ticipate in the ministr y. Paul Della, an altar ser ver at Brooklyn Park Parish, said a guild would help motivate, retain and attract more ser vers. "An Adelaide guild would enable us to run training sessions and have a conference each year where we can come together to learn more about ser ving and to gain camaraderie," he said. Paul, 41, and his son David, 11, are among hundreds of altar ser vers in South Australia who each week volunteer their time to prepare the altar and assist clergy during Mass. "I love it," says Paul. "It is great." The pair was among a group of four Brooklyn Park parishioners who attended the Guild of St Stephen conference in Sydney in Januar y. Adelaide parish priest Father Matthew Newman said setting up a guild branch for the Cathedral Parish would help unite the thinning number of altar ser vers. Fr Newman said the Guild of St Stephen "could attract and keep altar ser vers because it fostered out-of-church activities and a sense of fraternity". The Cathedral parish has 20 ser vers -- one of the larger groups in the diocese. Fr Newman said a social network such as that of the guild would keep altar ser vers ser ving beyond their tweens, as well as develop faith and friendships which could lead into priesthood. "I think for boys that early experience of being close to the altar and being involved in the church's liturgy can only help to inspire a possible vocation into the priesthood." Sydney Guild of St Stephen convener Father Danai Penollar said the guild encouraged altar ser vers to keep on ser ving into adulthood and learn more about the ministr y. Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert Life changing. When you engage in Funeral ritual, you acknowledge life passed, give meaning to life lived, encounter your sense of loss, and your journey of grieving. When someone we love dies, we touch the mystery of life changing, not ending. Signature Service ... since 1867 Dedicated to Faith-centred Funerals Phone (08) 8223 5879 24 hours 7 days 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. Proprietor and Manager B Siebert SERVING GOD: Father and son altar servers Paul Della and David, at the Brooklyn Park parish, are keen to see an official branch of the Guild of St Stephen set up in Adelaide, from left: David Della, Suzan Ngbapai, Angela Mercie, Francesco Maiese lighting the candle and Paul Della. Photo: Kate Elmes Calling all altar servers Guild of St Stephen The Guild of St Stephen was founded in London in 1905 as a society of altar services. It was established in Australia in 1954 under Father Rex Donohoe of the Archdiocese of Hobart. The guild's first Australian conference attracted 1200 altar servers to Hobart in 1964. Today there are four known guilds in the dioceses of Melbourne, Sydney, Broken Bay and Lismore. Branches of the guild exist within parishes of the dioceses. This year's guild conference saw about 70 servers visit Sydney. The aims of the guild are to deepen altar servers and acolytes' understanding of the liturgy, promote the role of servers and acolytes, and foster vocations to the priesthood. The patron saint of the guild is Saint Stephen. St Stephen was the church's first mar tyr who served the apostles and is venerated for his courageous faith in Jesus and his defense of the gospel in the face of opposition.