The Rite of Acolyte.

"The Rite of Acolyte has brought me to a grace that I could never imagine. A grace that God has waiting for all those who seek Him"

Joe Manzara

Institution of the Rite of Acolyte.

During the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday October 9, 2010, St. Justin's Parish Community shared in the joyous occasion as Joe Manzara received the rite of Acolyte. Bishop Fabbro has commissioned Parish Priests to initiate the rite in the Diocese, making this a historic event being the first Institution at St. Justin's with Fr. Dan Vere presiding and Deacon Rudy assisting.

The generation that experienced Mass before the Vatican II council may recall that it was common to refer to "Altar Boys" as Acolytes which still carries some similarities today. The Acolyte is to assist the Priest and Deacon in the celebration of the Eucharist and other liturgies such as funerals, weddings and baptisms. As an "altar server" the Acolyte processes with the crucifix or candles, assists with the wine, bread and water and directing the other altar servers. He may also assist at the altar during the Eucharistic prayer and purify the sacred communion vessels.

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Joe Manzarra
St Justin's Parish
855 Jalna Blvd.
London, Ontario
N6E 2S2
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Before anyone may be promoted to the diaconate, whether permanent or transitory, he must have received the ministries of lector and acolyte, and have exercised them for an appropriate time.
Canon Law 1035