Attention Acolytes....

Attention Acolytes....

by Brian Kempton, Acolyte Director for Trinity Cathedral

Calling all acolytes!

Our ministry is one of the oldest recognized orders in the church. There are so many of us that give our time and efforts to assist the clergy to bring Eucharist to our congregations and add dignity to worship services. Year in and year out we serve in our individual parishes. Now it is time again for all acolytes in the Diocese of Northern California to meet for an acolyte festival at Trinity Cathedral and celebrate our ministry together.

On March 10, 2012 the cathedral will host the seventh Diocesan Acolyte Festival , running from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. There will be good food, interesting workshops to choose from and a celebratory Eucharist, where we will rededicate ourselves to our much loved ministry. Our own Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, will be there to encourage us and spend the day in fellowship. To commemorate the day, an Acolyte Festival Medal is being struck for presentation to each acolyte who attends.

Attendees can choose three of the eight workshops given:

- Meet Bishop Beisner

- Seasons of the Church Year

- Dressing up and Walking Around (clergy vestments)

- A Cathedral Tour, Liturgical Streamers

- What Does a Verger do?

- The How’s and Why’s of an Acolyte

- Holy Smoke: The work of a Thurifer

For those who lead acolytes, there will also be a special one-time Acolyte Directors Workshop.

Please encourage as many of your acolytes as possible to come. Those traveling from a great distance are welcome to spend the night at the Cathedral. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Attendees should bring acolyte vestments, processional crosses and banners with stands if available.

Click here to download the registration form. It can be mailed to:

Diocesan Acolyte Festival
Trinity Cathedral
2620 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95816

All registration forms must be received by March 5 to assure your group a place at the festival.

Further questions can be sent to Nancy Tennyson: or (916) 446-2513 ext. 27, or by visiting

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Evaonne F. Hendricks wrote:
You don't say whether or not there is a fee, and if so, how much. It's a long drive for me, and if there is an added fee, I'm not as inclined to attend.

Tue, January 31, 2012 @ 8:59 PM

2. Keri Lopez wrote:
There does appear to be a $20 fee for attendees indicated on the registration form, although I would encourage you to contact Nancy Tennyson, or by calling (916) 446-2513 for any assistance that may be available to someone in need. Hope this is helpful, and hope to see you there!

Tue, January 31, 2012 @ 9:58 PM

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