From a reader:
I belong to a parish with a good Shepard. I also have two wonderful daughters, one of which has been an alter server (she is 12 by the way). Our priest tried to walk back the use of girl alter servers, but was met with stiff resistance. I applauded the attempt to go to all male alter servers, and understand why it SHOULD be male alter servers, but I am now wondering: Since our parish still allows female alter servers, should I continue to encourage my daughter to serve (the Knights of Columbus adore my daughter’s faith and service) or is there some other way that you would suggest she serve at the church?
In a word, no, do not encourage your daughter to be an altar server.
Perhaps you and some like-minded ladies can help the pastor found a group and activities for girls in the parish.
I suspect readers here may have some good and concrete suggestions.