"It is a great privilege to serve at the Altar of our God and therefore servers are chosen from those who display a desire for a more intimate union with Our Lord and God, Jesus Christ. Our loving Savior becomes present on the Altar, just as He was at the Last Supper and Calvary. Accordingly, servers have a solemn responsibility to do their assigned duties with dignity and reverence.
The primary duty of an Altar Server is to assist the priest, as a representative of the people of the parish, in a visible manner, as the mystery of Calvary unfolds on the Altar. All actions of the server are woven from signs and symbols whose meaning is rooted in the works of creation and in human culture, specified by events in the Old Testament and fully revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is imperative that all servers do their assigned tasks in the prescribed form and manner."
~ From the Preface of the Altar Server Instruction & Training Manual
© CEI Publishing
The Altar Servers form a very important part of the church, and every parish is enriched through their dedication and service. It is a very important responsibility, and requires a sincere commitment. Only if you are serious about committing to the following expectations should you apply to be an Altar Server:
Servers are expected to fulfill their assigned times to serve. If you cannot make it for any reason, you must find your own replacement for that Mass. A list of servers will be provided, and you can call another server directly, or request a substitute through the Ministry Schedule website.
Servers are expected to be at the Church 15 minutes before Mass begins.
You are to sign in when you arrive, then check with the Deacon or Priest to see what needs to be done to prepare for Mass.
Servers are expected to pay attention to the Priest and Deacon during Mass, and to know and say the appropriate responses throughout the Mass.
Servers are expected to hang up their vestments after Mass.
Servers are expected to wear "Sunday clothes" at the weekend Masses, even when not scheduled to serve.
Servers are expected to serve at funerals and weddings when asked.
Note that while Altar Servers are generally young people, if you are no longer in school but are interested in serving in this ministry, especially at the weekday Masses, your service would be welcome.