Thursday, April 21, 2011

Acolyte Festival—smoke, streamers and even a donkey!

Close to 400 acolytes from 21 congregations around the diocese participated in the annual Diocesan Acolyte Festival, Apr. 16 at St. Marks, Palm Beach Gardens.

Because it was the day before Palm Sunday, the festival Eucharist followed the Palm Sunday liturgy, beginning with the distribution of palms and a grand procession led by a donkey, a colt and “Jesus” (St. Mark’s acolyte Patrick Cothern).

Acolytes read the lessons and a contemporary version of the Passion Gospel from The Message translation of the New Testament.

In his homily Bishop Leo Frade urged the acolytes to “live your faith every day.”

He presented awards to acolytes chosen by each congregation for exemplary service (see list below).

The offering from the service will go to sponsor a child in school in the Diocese of Eldoret in Kenya, where St. Mark’s has an ongoing partnership with the Mama Ada Foundation.

Acolytes were also asked to bring supplies for the ministries of St. George’s, Riviera Beach, to the poor and homeless.

In the afternoon the acolytes participated in three workshops: Holy Smoke: The Work of the Thurifer; Jubilation Streamers; and Acolyte Bingo.

Photos from the Acolyte Festival

A video from the Festival posted by St. George’s, Riviera Beach

Diocese of Southeast Florida
2011 Acolytes Honored at the Acolyte Festival

Obinna Aribiana, Holy Sacrament, Plantation
Consuelo Boronat, St. Simon’s, Miami
Janelle Bradshaw, St. Mary Magdalene, Coral Springs
Marina Braynon-Moore, St. Benedict’s, Plantation
Mellisa Cadny, St. John’s, Hollywood
Nicholas Cooper, St. Matthew’s, Delray
Mason Farnan, Holy Trinity, West Palm Beach
Kristina Gomez, Trinity Cathedral, Miami
Peter Holland, St. Anne’s, Hallandale Beach
Watson Jaeron, Transfiguration, Opa Locka
Melissa Llewellyn, St. Bernard de Clairvaux, N. Miami Beach
Cameron MacDonald, St. Faith’s, Cutler Bay
Sean Miller, St. James-in-the-Hills, Hollywood
Kayla Morton, St. Mark’s, Palm Beach Gardens
Brianna Neat, St. Kevin’s, Opa Locka
Sean Palmer, St. Margaret’s and San Francisco de Asis, Miami Lakes
Leroy Parker, Church of the Incarnation, Miami
Scott Parker, St. Thomas, Coral Gables
Tristan Parker, Holy Family, Miami
John Pecaro, St. Martin’s, Pompano Beach
Nina Power, All Saints’, Jensen Beach
Tiffany Quinn, All Angels, Miami Springs
Renee Russell, Church of the Ascension, Miami
Gema Sanchez, Holy Comforter, Miami
Laura Marie Smith, St. Agnes, Miami
Quinlan Stewart, St. Andrew’s, Lake Worth
Khadine Thomas, St. Christopher’s, West Palm Beach
Anabelle Vabre, St. Andrew’s, Miami
Jacob Zlochower, Church of the Advent, Palm City

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