Altar serving is a key tool in hooking children’s interest and getting them involved in the Mass. The way to get kids and teens to take ownership of their faith is to give them responsibility, and altar serving does just that. But there’s a move now in some quarters to restrict altar serving, as was once the case, to boys only. Not an issue at your parish? Be on the lookout.
Mary Kathleen Cahill, who was a server for nine years at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Chicago and is currently a sophomore at Boston College, argues that when girls are barred from being altar servers, they miss out on an important part of faith-formation—and the church does, too.
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