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 Luke
Before Mass with his friend Christopher (both serving their first Mass)
Procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
Nearing the end
Girls choir behind the servers
Our Lady of Fatima
Kneeling for Communion
Luke holding book for Father (not a very clear picture)
Singing the Closing Hymn
Our small Catholic parish has some big voices in the choir, after Mass on Easter Sunday we heard this...
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?
A tour of the bell tower restoration at our parish. Our priest Father Libby climbed the scaffolding the other day to talk to Brian Black of Grand River Builders. Grand River Builders is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and specializes in historic building restoration.
Gretchen Murray writes about the Extraordinary Form of the Mass offered weekly at Holy Rosary Parish in Cedar, Michigan. The mass is offered Sunday's at 12:45 pm.
Read Old is New: Cedar church offers weekly Latin Mass in the Record Eagle
This past Sunday on Pentecost, Bishop Patrick Cooney gave permission to offer publicly the Extraordinary Form of the Mass in the Diocese of Gaylord. For all the details check out the diocese article Diocese to offer Extraordinary Form of Mass beginning May 11.
The current schedule for the Extraordinary Form is every Sunday beginning at 12:45 pm at Holy Rosary Church in Cedar, Michigan. Father Donald Libby is the the celebrant.
I have attended a few of the private masses and I've found it a great way to increase my knowledge of the Liturgy. I am also at the early stages of trying to learn Latin, but I've found the masses easy to follow with the books provided at the mass.