St. Stephen's Guild
For Altar Servers
Dec 24, 2016
Next Saturday is Christmas Eve, and is a day of complete fast and abstinence.
Dec 25, 2016
Christmas Day fall this year on a Sunday. Masses at Infant of Prague Chapel will be at midnight, 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
For the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, its members, friends, and benefactors, and all the faithful departed whose names have been submitted to the Guild of All Souls.
For an urgent special intention.
For the health of Angie Poeppelman.
Guild Calendar 2014
Sun August 10
Feast of St. Lawrence: Day of recollection, with enrollment and promotions, training, and Annual Altar Boy Barbecue. The day will conclude with the singing of the Office of Compline.
Fri December 26
Enrollment and promotions
The Altar Servers will be required to conduct fundraising activities in order to pay for supplies such as medals, prayer cards and instruction manuals, as well as for field trips and meals when required.
Saturday, August 10
The Annual Altar Boy Barbecue will take place at the end of a day of activities.
Archconfraternity of St. Stephen
A Guild for Altar Servers
The Guild of St. Stephen was founded in May 1905 at Westminster Cathedral in London, England by Fr. Hamilton MacDonald. A few months later, Pope St. Pius X gave his Apostolic Blessing to the Guild, indulgenced it and raised it to the status of an archconfraternity. In 1934, Pope Pius XI extended the privileges throughout the entire British Empire. In 1955, the Guild adopted Pope St. Pius X as its secondary patron, upon the personal encouragement of Pope Pius XII.
The Guild aims through a three-fold object to sanctify the altar server by:
teaching him that to serve in the sanctuary is a great religious privilege,
instructing him how to observe the rites and ceremonies according to the Church,
encouraging him to understand the significance and purpose of the ceremonies in which he serves.
Many indulgences have been given by St. Pius X for the members of the Guild.