Why should you become an altar server?
1. You don’t have to sit with your parents.
2. You get to wear cool white robes.
3. Little kids are in awe of you.
4. It leads to a deeper friendship with Jesus.
5. They let you play with fire and light candles.
6. They trust you to know when to ring the bells.
7. Carrying the cross builds upper body strength.
8. It may count as community service hours by your school.
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy, i.e. joining in the singing of hymns and responses, and by looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Servers carry the cross, hold the book for the priest when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer if used, and present the bread, wine and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts. The server also assists the priest after he receives the gifts from the people in the washing of hands prior to the beginning of the prayer of consecration.
Altar servers are seated in the Sanctuary and play a vital role in the Liturgy, therefore a server must attend if scheduled to be on duty and is responsible to find a replacement if unable to do so. Servers are on duty from the moment they enter the sanctuary at the start of Mass until they finish cleanup after the Liturgy.
Altar servers will meet once a year. Any questions please contact Barbara Jackowski