East Leeds Altar Servers Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard
2nd February 2019
Twenty-five altar servers from the three churches in the Parish of Blessed John Henry Newman (St Gregory’s , Swarcliffe, St Theresa’s, Crossgates and Corpus Christi, Halton Moor gave up one of their Saturdays to pray, learn and have fun.
The day began with workshops on the various aspects of alter serving. The altar servers mastered the art of swinging incense, learnt the names and symbols of liturgical vessels, sung Latin chants, recited Guild of St Stephen prayers and examined vestments. These were followed by a beautiful celebration of Exposition and Benediction led by Fr Matthew Habron.
Then, the group travelled to LazerZone at the Cardigan Fields Leisure Park in Leeds, where white albs were replaced by multi-coloured body armour! The altar servers were let loose into a labyrinth of rooms filled with swirling smoke, strange sounds and flashing lights.
The day concluded with the young warriors joining the adult helpers for a scrumptious pizza lunch.
Parish Priest Fr Pat Wall said, ‘The trip to LaserZone was a token of our appreciation for the dedication and hard work of our young servers. A good day was had by all!’