"If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him." John 12:26, RSV-CE
The Altar Server assists the members of the liturgical assembly by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations. Their reverent and efficient service enable other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold with calm, order and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the Altar Servers also model good liturgical participation.
There are many tasks that are carried out by Altar Servers: carrying the cross, the processional candles, holding the book for the priest, carrying the incense and censer, presenting the bread, wine, and water to the priest, washing the hands of the priest and being called upon by the priest to assist where necessary.
Furthermore, since Altar Servers are often visible to all, they complete their tasks in a reverent, calm and orderly manner, and are dressed with appropriate decorum. Altar Servers also model good liturgical participation by responding to the prayers and dialogues of the priest along with the congregation. They also join in singing the hymns and other chants of the liturgy.
Interested in Joining?
Thank you for your interest! We appreciate your cooperation as we select candidates for the various volunteer ministry positions available at St. Monica's Parish. To become an Altar Server, or to join any other ministry, you must partake in the Volunteer Screening process before being selected.
The following are the minimum requirements necessary for the position of Altar Server:
1. Parent Consent required for ALL YOUTH VOLUNTEERS under 18 years of age.
2. Meet with the Volunteer Screening Committee or Ministry Co-ordinator.
3. Submit a Volunteer Information Form for Youth (under 18). This is not a high risk position.