The Guild of St. Stephen is an international organization of altar servers founded in England in 1904 by Father Hamilton McDonald when he formed a society of Altar Servers at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in London. In 1995, St. Pius X Pope gave his approbation to the canonical establishment of the guild at Westminster Cathedral and in 1906, the Sacred Congregation of rites made the guild an Arch Confraternityprima primaria, enabling all the parish branches to be linked with it. The Guild spread and in 1934, Pope Pius XI enabled all guilds of altar servers throughout the British Commonwealth to be affiliated with the Arch Confraternity at Westminster.
History of Guild of St. Stephen St. Mary of the Divine Mercy
There were less than 10 servers who joined the Guild in 1984. Common problems faced over the years are that senior servers leaving the Guild due tofurther studies, working, migration, other personal commitments and lost interest of servings
During the period from 1997 to 2001, the era when Father James Muhren was the Parish Priest, we enjoyed good recruitment of servers. Fr. James Muhren passed away on March 2009 at the age of 82, he was instrumental in helping St. Mary’s Guild of St. Stephen to gain status of “Certified Altar Server”. During that era, there was occasion when 25 servers joined at one time. During Easter & Christmas, the altar was full.
As years go by, we managed to recruit good altar servers to continue our altar servers movement. We collaborate &team up with the youth movement for various church activities. We worked closely with church-wardens for annual events, not forgetting the support from members of Parish Council.
Our motto is “a Brother helped by a Brother is like a Strong City”
We continue to provide training, camp or any means of activities to enrich the experience of our servers. Serving never stopped for us.We recruit from children mass, Sunday school students and direct approaches to anyone that show interest to become Altar Servers.
In year 2017, the total of existing servers, newservers and the auxillary members are 5l.