Each September children of Christ the King Parish/Cardinal Pacelli School are invited to make the commitment to become an Altar Server, an assistant to the clergy during Mass. Mrs. Emily Daley, Coordinator of Religious Education, offers training in the Sanctuary of the Church during some of the religion classes, as well as a few options on the weekends. As expected, the children are directed to develop a deeper understanding of the liturgy and learn the actions of the Altar Server through repetitive practice. “Over the years it has become apparent that the best Altar Servers work as a team and can convey direction to one another without even speaking. We began adding teambuilding activities as a part of our Altar Server Training over 10 years ago.” (Emily Daley, Coordinator of Religious Education). The teambuilding aspect to Altar Server Training at Christ the King helps the Servers become confident leaders of worship, as they complete their tasks.
This year, the Christ the King/Cardinal Pacelli Altar Servers participated in the “Defeat Hunger 5K Obstacle Run” on Saturday, September 5th at Summit Park in Blue Ash. Taking part in this 5K served two purposes, an opportunity for the Servers to get to know one another and work cooperatively to earn a positive standing as a team, and as a way to support the Archdiocesan initiative to welcome Pope Francis by providing ‘Food For All.’ New Altar Server, Kathryn Daniher, “had a blast, felt a good sense of accomplishment and got to know the other Servers better,” which was exactly the purpose for the morning of teambuilding.