On more solemn occasions (Christmas, Epiphany, Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil, Pentecost, Corpus Christi, Christ the King) there is an opportunity for those under the age of 9 to be actively involved in the Mass by serving as a torch bearer. This is also good preparation for serving as an altar server in the future.
All torch bearers are required to attend a training session before being scheduled to serve Mass. Torch bearers are expected to take responsibility for showing up when scheduled, arriving at least 10 minutes before Mass, dressing neatly, and serving with utmost reverence. This is an important ministry which welcomes all who are willing to make this special commitment to serve at the Altar of the Lord.