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Who are the saints?

February 27, 2015
Roy Petri

Letters in Catholic San Francisco’s Feb. 6 issue largely support girl altar servers. Who are the saints in our Catholic Church? The word saint in the church is used in a restricted sense as referring to extremely holy men and women who share in God’s holiness to an extraordinary degree. The saints are the product of the 1,000 years of the Roman Catholic Latin-rite Mass. Altar servers during that long period of Catholic history were young males.

The first Mass of our church was celebrated by Jesus at the Last Supper. His Twelve Apostles assisted Jesus at the first Mass. Jesus’ mother was not present at the Mass.

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