Recently, I was asked to serve at a parish as an altar server. I was told that they were interested in finding servers who are men and committed to serving.
After deciding I would do so, the person responsible for scheduling the training (different than the individual who was seeking servers) referred to us as acolytes. (The training will be performed by the pastor and a religious brother).
It is my understanding that to become an acolyte (or lector), one must be a male and it is instituted by a bishop to an individual.
This same individual also sent out a tentative schedule with a list of assigned lectors, EMHC, and acolytes for different masses.
Some of the names for the acolytes and lectors are unambiguously female, so clearly some of these individuals cannot actually be acolytes or lectors.
Is the use of “acolyte” and “lector” a common misnomer for “altar server” and “reader,” respectively?
Are there certain things that an acolyte can do that an altar server cannot? (For example, I believe it is true that acolytes are permitted to purify the sacred vessels, whereas an altar server cannot.)
Similarly, what about a lector over a reader?