The parish of St. Matthew has been blessed by the institution of men into the Ministry of Acolyte by our Bishop at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Fort Worth. These men were chosen by our pastor to enter this ministry and to serve the parish and the clergy both within the liturgy of the Mass and outside of Mass.
What is an Acolyte?
- He is the primary extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and is allowed to place onto and remove from the altar any sacred items
- He may perform all the duties of an altar server in addition to his own
- He assists the deacon and priest at the altar
- Besides the priest and the deacon, the acolyte is the only person allowed to purify and wipe the sacred vessels after communion
- With the pastor's permission, he may expose the Blessed Sacarament for adoration, but he may not give the Benediction (blessing) with the monstrance
- He may carry the cross during the procession to the altar
- He is authorized to wear the alb and cincture
- In some dioceses, he is called a subdeacon
- He is an official catechist of the Catholic Church
Read all about the restored Ministry of Acolyte by downloading the documents to the right. Thank you to those men who have answered the call to service.