On Saturday 2nd October 2021, we are holding Proximity. We intend this to be an annual event for altar servers of all ages. The aim is to form servers in faith as those who come close to Jesus at the altar, so that they may grow closer to him in their lives.

This year, our day is based around the life and witness of recently-beatified teenager Blessed Carlo Acutis.

Hosted in the inspirational setting of St. Mary’s College, Oscott, our diocesan seminary, the day involves:

  • an exploration of the life of Blessed Carlo, led by Mgr. Mark Crisp
  • Mass with the seminary community
  • testimonies from those for whom altar serving has been part of their vocational journey,
  • age-appropriate workshops for junior, senior and adult servers
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. 

The day is also a wonderful opportunity to meet other servers from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham and find out about other opportunities to grow in faith.

We are asking for a donation of just £5 to attend (subsidised by the diocese). The day will be led by the Diocesan Vocations Office (which administers the Guild in the Archdiocese of Birmingham) and the Kenelm Youth Trust, with contributions from the Oscott seminary community.

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