August 2022 - Training for new servers!
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What Are Altar Servers?
Altar Servers assist the Presider by doing a number of small but significant tasks such as: holding and carrying the special books used during Mass, lighting candles, carrying the Crucifix and processional candles that enhance the entrance and recessional processions, assisting the deacon with the setting of the Altar, plus a variety of other works that free other ministers to do what they need to do.
During very special celebrations such as Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and other holy days, the servers assist with the handling of the thurible and the boat, and assisting with holy water sprinkling.
Who Can be an Altar Server?
Any child who is at least 9 years old is welcome to attend Altar Server formation classes but it is up to the parent(s) to decide if their child is ready to become an Altar Server. It will also be up to the program coordinator’s discretion to decide if the child is ready to serve at the Altar of the Lord.
During very special celebrations such as Holy Thursday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday and other holy days, the servers assist with the handling of the thurible and the boat, and assist with holy water sprinkling.
Children: Why do you want to be Altar Servers?
In making this commitment, you are expected to be on time, and appropriately dressed and prepared each time you are scheduled or have agreed to serve as a substitute. You should be attentive and prepared to participate in the liturgy with the reverence and competence expected of the important office of Altar Server. You are expected to study the Liturgy and to grow in your understanding of the mysteries at which you assist, so that you will know the glory of God through your service.
Parents: Why do you want your children to be part of the Altar Server program?
Give a great deal of thought on why you want your child to be a part of this program. Will you support their desire to be an Altar Server and will you help them meet their commitment in a manner appropriate to their age and development?
There are five Masses held every weekend here at All Saints. Currently, three Altar Servers are needed at each of these Masses and are assigned as such. Parents, please don’t ask if your child can be assigned to just one particular Mass. Servers are expected to serve at all their assigned Masses, even those at the less popular times, and at times that are not convenient for your or their personal schedule, such as the 7:30am Mass. It is not just your child that will make the commitment to serve at the Altar of the Lord; you will as well.