When I was growing up, we only go to church once a year because we lived in a remote area and we only celebrate mass during our patron saint's fiesta. I didn't get to really exercise the things that Catholic practices do until I was in college because I went to a catholic school. Bu that doesn't mean, I don't pray. Growing up, prayer gave me strength. I have to hold on to my faith because we grew up with barely anything. My faith and of course hard work is what got me through all the hardships and trials in life.
Back in the day, I only see boy altar servers, I don't think they allow girl servers then. When I was in highschool, I lived in a family of musician, they were all talented. They played different instruments and all of them have beautiful voices. That inspired me to love music, I participate in choir at church when given a chance .
Anyway, when my children showed interest in serving, I let them try it. My daughter loves it. My son serves with her but he gets overwhelmed when they have to serve constantly every Sunday. My daughter would prefer to serve when we are in church but my son misses sitting with us and I do miss them sitting with us while we attend the mass.
I took a picture of them with the seminarian after the mass.
Priests are getting scarce these days. I think if the catholic community would let their priest get married and have a family like other congregation, more and more men would like to be a priest. It takes a lot of dedication to be a priest. I think the hard part of it is being alone but these are just my assumptions, I have never became a priest so I don't really know. At church, we always pray for men to answer the call to serve and join the vocation.