Altar Servers assist the priest at weekend Liturgies and at funeral and memorial Masses. They are also called upon for Holy Days of Obligation. This ministry is open to children who have made their First Holy Communion. Serving requires a dedication to punctuality, concentration, and the maturity needed to assist the priest respectfully at Mass.
It is a great honor and privilege to serve at the Altar of our God as Pope John Paul II's indicated in his inspiring address to Altar Servers on August 1, 2001. In that address, the Pope encourages Altar Servers to understand the responsibility they have in this service to the Church. He said, “The Altar Server has a privileged place in liturgical celebrations. Those who serve at Mass present themselves to a community. They experience from close at hand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgy . . . In the liturgy you are far more than mere “helpers of the parish priest”. Above all, you are servants of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest."