Two years ago, Cadet Zachary Yanekeff and Cadet Brandon Leisure accompanied Chaplain Fleming to the National Acolyte Festival held at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Our group was so impressed with the event that we wanted to share it with the Diocese. We continued the tradition as Howe Military Academy played host to the 2nd Annual Diocese of North Indiana Acolyte Festival on March 8th, 2014.
Our guests began arriving at 10:30 a.m. and the day began with a healthy competition of “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grade Acolyte?” as the adults challenged the youth in their skill and knowledge of acolyting. The youth won! The Howe Acolyte team, made up of Head Sacristan Ryan Schubert, Cadets Brandon Leisure, Zachary Yanakeff, and Colin Majoras participated in the event.
We all enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Mess Hall, thanks to direction of Carol Whitsel and her staff.
In the afternoon we gathered at All Saints Chapel for our celebration, the dedication and blessing of the Acolytes, with The Rt. Rev. Ed Little, Bishop of Diocese of Northern Indiana presiding. Cadets Evan Schubert, Mitchel Hickling, and Colin Majoras performed a great readers play called “It Depends on who’s hands its in", and Chaplain Fleming closed with a homily.
We had 40 guests representing five parishes from around the diocese in attendance. The procession of banners, streamers, and crosses was spectacular. Our guests were thrilled with the drum corp and we had a guest organist, Steve Weitstock from St James Cathedral, South Bend.
Thank you everyone for your assistance in making this a great day!