Acolytes 2014  Do Not Be Afraid,
           Peace Be With You

 Sunday 8 June 2014 saw two firsts: Bishop William   Kenney OP presided at Mass at St George’s Worcester  and a candidate from Shrewsbury Diocese joined with those in formation for the Permanent Diaconate from the Archdiocese to receive the institution of Acolyte.


Preaching on John’s gospel, Bishop William reminded Michael Horsnall (St Patrick, Stafford), Michael Lennon (St John the Baptist, Great Haywood), Kevin O’Connor (St Augustine, Solihull), Paul O’Connor (St George, Worcester) and Chris Wells (St Mary, Middlewich) that it is part of the human condition to be fearful of new circumstances, to see the future with trepidation, but there is no need to be afraid because the peace that Jesus brings is with them in their formation towards Ordination.

The five were reminded of the importance of the ministry that they were about to take on. As Acolytes, the Church bestows on them a special role as minister of Communion, but expects them to live more fully in the image of Christ and to understand the spiritual importance of their ministry. 

In so doing they should become obedient to the commandment that Jesus gave to his apostles at the Last Supper to “Love one another as I have loved you.”

The importance of the Blessed Sacrament for the Acolyte was further emphasised as each man knelt taking the Chalice from Bishop William who prayed, “Take this vessel with wine for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of His Church.”

Please pray for Michael, Michael, Kevin, Paul and Chris that they may continue towards ordination next summer.

Paul O'Connor

Photograph supplied by Marina O'Connor showing Michael Horsnall, Kevin O’Connor, Paul O'Connor, Bishop William, Chris Wells and Michael Lennon after the ceremony.