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 (hymns, responses, etc.), by looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.
Servers should be seated in a place from which they can easily assist the priest celebrant and deacon. The place next to the priest is normally reserved for the deacon.
If you have a desire to serve the community and to commit your time and talents to this ministry, please let us know. You will have the opportunity to keep growing in understanding and appreciation of the Liturgical Rites.
Altar servers can start after they have celebrated the Sacrament of their 1st Holy Communion. After that any age is acceptable.
Contact the Holy Family office for more details.
The Cleaning of Altar Linens involves washing and ironing the purificators that are used for wiping the Sacred Cup during Communion, and the towels that are used on the altar by the Priests and the Eucharistic Ministers for washing their hands.
The linens are taken home once a week. Become a Member of the Altar Linen Team… If you’re interested in volunteering for this “behind the scene” ministry please call…