Diaconate participants installed to the Ministry of Acolyte
Last Updated on September 13, 2017
The nine men who are preparing for ordination to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Regina, gathered together at Campion College from September 1-3, 2017 for the begining fo their fourth and final year of formation. On Saturday, they gathered for Mass and were joined by Archbishop Don Bolen. Archbishop Don installed all nine of them into the Ministry of Acolyte. This is one of the four liturgical steps toward the their ordination to the diaconate. Last year, they received the Ministry of Lector at a Mass held at Holy Rosary Cathedral. The next step will be the Rite of Candidacy, which is followed by the fourth and final Rite of Ordination to be celebrated in June of 2018.
Now that these men have been installed as Acolytes, you may begin seeing them robed up and at the Altar assisting the priest, but what does that mean?
-Per the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), as an acolyte, the deacon candidate is instituted to serve at the altar and to assist the priest and deacon. In particular, it is his responsibility to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if it is necessary, serve as an extraordinary minister and distribute the Eucharist. Now most parishes aren’t “staffed” with an instituted acolyte, so lay ministers have been deputed to serve at the altar.
Diaconate Formation Fourth Year
Front Row: L to R: Sheila Wood, Deacon Barry Wood, Terry Harty, Deacon Nate Bacon(Presenter), Katherine Dyck
Middle Row: L to R: Eric Gurash, Norbert Gaudet, Kevin Harty, Karen Ziegler, Lamont Dyck, Dave Hudy
Back Row: L to R: Rose Ann Boucher, Harper Boucher, Dave Hagel, Melissa Gurash, Aaron Polk, Dennis Ziegler, Brett Salkeld