My Call To Be An Altar Server

Shonagh Cruise-Higgins
Shonagh Cruise-Higgins

My name is Shonagh Cruise-Higgins. I go to St. Peter of Alcantara School in Port Washington. I have been going to St. Peter’s since preschool, and it changed me so much. I have made so many new friends and I love it. In fourth grade, Deacon Joe came into my classroom and invited us to be altar servers. I was so excited to go home and ask my parents if I could do it. They said, “Absolutely.” I was so excited.

On the first training day, I realized there were other kids from my class doing it also. Ben, Conor, Robert and Peter were training also, and that made it even more exciting.

Deacon Joe taught me everything about being an altar server. He was so patient and nice. When I was little, I always wanted to be the person on the altar with the priest. I thought that it would make me feel closer to God. Now that I am an altar server, it is exactly like I imagined. I do feel closer to God, and I feel very privileged to be part of the Mass in a special way.

My grandma lives in Ireland. We call her “Granny Pam” and she is so proud of me. She says a lot of prayers every day and a lot of her prayers are answered. She is an inspiration to me as she practices her faith very much.

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Shonagh Cruise-Higgins
Shonagh Cruise-Higgins
My name is Shonagh Cruise-Higgins. I go to St. Peter of Alcantara School in Port Washington. I have been going to St. Peter’s since preschool, and it changed me so much. I have made so many new friends and I love it. In fourth grade, Deacon Joe came into my classroom and invited us to be altar servers. I was so excited to go home and ask my parents if I could do it. They said, “Absolutely.” I was so excited. On the first training day, I realized there were other kids from my class doing it also. Ben, Conor, Robert and Peter were training also, and that made it even more exciting. Deacon Joe taught me everything about being an altar server. He was so patient and nice. When I was little, I always wanted to be the person on the altar with the priest. I thought that it would make me feel closer to God. Now that I am an altar server, it is exactly like I imagined. I do feel closer to God, and I feel very privileged to be part of the Mass in a special way. My grandma lives in Ireland. We call her “Granny Pam” and she is so proud of me. She says a lot of prayers every day and a lot of her prayers are answered. She is an inspiration to me as she practices her faith very much.
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