Ally Pooran received recognition on Thursday, May 18th at the Altar Servers Awards Ceremony at St. Anthony Daniel Parish in Kitchener. Ally was one of 76 young people to receive this award from multiple parishes across the Waterloo and Wellington Deaneries by Bishop Matthew Ustryzcki. For the past 33 years, the Serra Club of Kitchener-Waterloo has been sponsoring this meaningful event to honour the servers’ dedication and service in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Wellington areas.
These students were from 26 parishes which included churches from Ayr, Cambridge, Drayton, Elmira, Elora, Fergus, Guelph, Kitchener, Maryhill, Ostic, and Waterloo.
It is very difficult for parishes to pick only a couple altar servers who serve on a regular basis. It is usually young people from Grade 7 or 8 who have served for many years.
These young people must be willing to serve anytime they are needed, either for a weekend, school Mass or special occasions such as Corpus Christi, 1st Communion, Confirmation or Graduation. Everyone enjoys serving at weddings but funerals are difficult and can be trying.
This special Mass is a prestigious affair. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus form the honour guard. Bishop Matthew Ustrzycki was the main celebrant. The altar servers were dress in their particular parish cassocks, occupying six or seven pews on both sides of St. Anthony Daniel Church.
Immediately following the Mass each server was called individually and introduced to the Bishop who presented them with a medal. A reception, hosted by the St. Anthony Daniel Catholic Women’s League and Knights of Columbus followed for the altar servers and their family.
The Serra Club is Catholic men and women of all ages from all walks of life who share a deep faith and commitment to the same aims of the church. There are now more than 20,000 members with over 1000 clubs in 44 countries. The Serra Club was named after a Franciscan Missionary, Father Junipero Serra who was influential in establishing Missions in California and Mexico in the 16th century. Pope Francis announced that Father Serra was canonized in September 2015.
Father Ron Voisin pastor of St. Boniface Church and Ally Pooran who received an Altar Server award.