By serving at the Altar and assisting the priest, Altar Servers have the opportunity to celebrate the Mass with more active participation.
Altar servers fulfill an important ministry which enhances the celebration of the Mass.
Altar Serving is one of the ways our young people can begin to contribute to the mass and live out their Baptismal promises by serving others and being witnesses to their faith in Jesus Christ.
Who can be an Alter Server?
Boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 17 are eligible to serve.
What are the responsibilities?
- Filling in a volunteer application form first and returning it to the parish priest.
- Performs special tasks with dignity and otherwise participates fully as an exemplary member of the assembly.
- Assists with the preparation of the sanctuary and sacred vessels before the Liturgy and their proper care afterward.
- Uses and cares for various items used in the Liturgy (cross, candles, incense, sacramental, etc.).
- Prepares altar or assists in doing so before the presentation of the gifts.
- Assists with books and other altar accessories as needed.
- Responds to special circumstances that may arise during the Liturgy.
- Exhibits responsibility by serving when scheduled and taking part in rehearsals.
What kind of time commitment?
Alter servers are initially provided with training and are then progress through tasks and responsibilities as they gain confidence and more experience.
One Saturday evening or one Sunday morning out of the month.