I used to be an altar girl and I just wanted to offer some of my thoughts
I know many people have problems with altar girls, and I understand the reasoning. I am not here to start a debate, just to offer an alternative perspective
I understand the concerns about the linkage of altar serving to the priesthood but I can assure you, I never thought that being an altar server meant I could be a priest and neither did any other girl I knoew. also, they boys did not disappear when there were girls around; I don’t know why people claim that this happens, I just can’t understand this. while growing up, boys and girls, for the most part, were able to be friends and do things together without any problems. there is nothing wrong with doing the same activities, an aversion of the sexes is just weird to me.
I used to get bored during mass, until I became a server, then I was able to understand things better and pay more attention. isn’t an increase of faith important as well for anyone? I also felt like I was able to do something as a service.
I understand the concern with lack to the vocations but I also have another thought. I feel like boys are just not encouraged in to the priesthood as much as they used to be. there are quite a few boys going in that direction where I live but many others, their parents complain about lack of priests but when asked if their son might be interested, they give a response like “oh no, I didn’t mean my son, he’s normal”. the priesthood is now seen as something very different by a lot of people and with so many secular options, kids are just not pulled in that direction.
being an altar server and a peist are not even close to being the same thing, and the most important thing is to know the difference. a priest is the sacrament of holy orders who acts in the person of Christ, an altar server is just a helper who provides some assistance on the side by bringing things up for God.
anyways, I’m not trying to start a fight or change anyone’s mind. just wanted to write this down somewhere.