Welcome to the Altar Server ministry! Altar servers have the important role of assisting the priest in the sanctuary during Mass and other liturgical functions.
The duties of an altar server are so important that even Pope John Paul II talked about it. Here is what St. John Paul the Great said to a group of altar servers in 2001:
Regarding the Importance of the Altar Server
"The altar server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration. The altar server presents himself to a community and experiences firsthand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgical act. Jesus is present when the community comes together to pray and render praise to God.
Jesus is present in the Word of sacred Scripture. Jesus is present above all in the Eucharist under the signs of bread and wine. He acts through the priest who, in the person of Christ, celebrates the holy Mass and administers the sacraments.
Therefore, in the liturgy, you are much more than simple 'helpers of the parish priest'. Above all, you are servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal High Priest. Thus, you, altar servers, are called in particular to be young friends of Jesus. Be determined to go deeper and to cultivate this friendship with him. You will discover that in Jesus you have found a true friend for life."
Any young person who has received their first holy communion is eligible to serve. We encourage each young lady or gentleman to serve through high school and invite you to come back during college breaks. All candidates must attend a training session and have the commitment and ability to perform this role with reverence.
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