Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Our son Mark was recently confirmed and now he can be an altar server at Mass. His first Mass as an altar server was on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and included a procession before Mass. I'll admit when I saw him come out carrying a candle I said a couple of Hail Mary's that he wouldn't trip or fall. Mark and his friend Christopher (also serving his first Mass) carried the candles perfectly without incident. Also serving in the procession and Mass were his brother Luke and their cousins - Jake, Isaiah, Josh, Levi and Elijah.

Here's a few pictures from the special day...

Before Mass with his brother LukeBefore Mass with his brother Luke

Before Mass with his friend Christopher (both serving their first Mass)Before Mass with his friend Christopher (both serving their first Mass)

Procession for the Feast of Our Lady of FatimaProcession for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Nearing the endNearing the end

Girls choir behind the serversGirls choir behind the servers

Our Lady of FatimaOur Lady of Fatima

Kneeling for CommunionKneeling for Communion

Luke holding book for FatherLuke holding book for Father (not a very clear picture)

Singing the Closing HymnSinging the Closing Hymn

The Altar Server

Terrific video about what it means to be an Altar Server. If you're a father with sons who serve or will serve one day, watch this!

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Serving Mass for the first time

Tonight's Mass was the first for my oldest son as an altar server. My wife and I were both very excited and a little nervous, but with the help of his older cousins, he did a great job! Thanks be to God!

Side Entrance (7 altar boys for a week night mass!*)

Sitting surprisingly still during the First Reading

My son Luke (he's in the middle) very excited after Mass with his cousin and one of his friends

The whole crew!

*Okay, five of the seven were siblings, but still, not bad right?

My Nephews with Bishop Hebda

Here's a picture of my oldest nephews with Bishop Hebda before serving a Holy Hour for vocations at St. Philip Neri in Empire. My sister-in-law said the boys were very honored to serve with Bishop Hebda. I would say they were very excited too!