Very appropriately, Steve received the medal on St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) from Bishop Alan Hopes and Canon David Paul.
The gold medal of the Archconfraternity of St Stephen, which is the Church Guild of Altar servers, is awarded for 50 years of service.
Steve has had a very long association with St John the Baptist Cathedral and was baptised and brought up in what was then a parish church. Although he received the gold medal this year he has, in fact, served for 63 years.
Cathedral Dean, Canon David Paul, said: “This is a tremendous achievement and Bishop Alan was delighted to join me in congratulating Steve at the end of the Mass before enjoying a parish lunch in the Narthex.
“Steve’s faithful service as Head Server at the Cathedral provides a great example to all who assist the priest at Mass by serving at the altar, and I would like to express my thanks for his devoted ministry here at St John’s. The Mass is our greatest offering to the Lord and all of us, priests, servers and people are privileged to take our parts in this wonderful act of worship.
“As we congratulate Steve on this occasion we thank him for all these years of faithful service and wish him many more to come.”
The large congregation at Mass included members of Steve’s family and a large contingent of the Cathedral altar servers.
Pictured above is Steve Aldus with, from the left, Deacon Andrew Eburne, Bishop Alan and Canon David Paul.