Altar servers perform most of the functions of the former minor order of ordained clerics known as acolytes -from the Greek word akolouthos (attendant). Church writings from the second and third centuries discuss the role of acolytes, giving the office great importance and honor in the history of the Church. Although institution into the ministry of acolyte is reserved to lay men, the diocesan bishop may permit the liturgical functions of the instituted acolyte to be carried out by altar servers, men and women, boys and girls. Altar servers are not ordained; they are commissioned by their parish priest.
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 by their actions, singing of hymns, responses of the people, looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Altar servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to participate in an intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is an extreme privilege to kneel so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity upon the altar.
If you feel that God is leading you to serve in this way at Mass, please fill out the form below and come to one of the training sessions listed. If you are unable to come to one of the training sessions, let us know and we can schedule an individual session!
Reminders for Altar Servers:
1. Please arrive at 20-30 minutes early to set up for Mass.
2. If you are scheduled to serve and you are not in a State of Grace, please make sure to go to Confession prior to Sunday so you are able to receive the Eucharist.
3. If you are not able to serve please arrange a replacement.
4. Please dress appropriately, even though you are covered! Neat casual or Sunday attire is requested (jeans may be worn, but only if they are in good condition and not too tight). Please wear a garment with sleeves (short sleeves fine) and a neckline that is at least at collar bone height. Please do not wear low cut blouses or dresses that reveal cleavage or clothing that is too tight or short.