Altar Servers assist the Priest and the Deacon in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and serves at weddings, funerals, and other liturgical celebrations.
“Being an Altar Server is a Call to Prayer and Mission.” Pope Francis
St. Joseph provides young Catholics in grades 5 through 12 (ages 10 and up) with the opportunity to grow stronger in their faith and become more active in the celebration of the Mass by altar serving.
In his August 1, 2001 address to altar servers, Pope John Paul II said, “Your commitment to the altar is not only a duty but a great honor, a true holy service…The altar server has a privileged place in liturgical celebrations. Those who serve at Mass present themselves to a community. They experience from close at hand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgy…Therefore in the liturgy you are far more than mere “helpers of the parish priest”. Above all, you are servants of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest.”
St. Joseph invites and strongly encourages young people who have received their First Holy Communion to become Altar Servers. Those interested in this important ministry and would like additional information are encouraged to contact Karl Noah any time night or day at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 301-639-3434.
Why Become an Altar Server?
- Is age 10 or older
- Is committed to service to the community
- Understands and appreciates the liturgy, worship, and sacraments.
- Able to stay focused and avoid distracting movements so as not to draw attention away from the Liturgy (sit straight, feet on the floor, etc).
- Knows which tasks are assigned to this ministry and is diligent in carrying these tasks out.
- Attends training sessions and is willing to take direction.
- Arrives early enough to carry out tasks without hurry and prepares for the liturgy.
- Dresses appropriately according to parish norms.
- Is faithful to the schedule and substitute list.
- Is willing to substitute when necessary.
- Is comfortable in front of people
- Can show the proper attitude during the performance of tasks with Respect, Reverence, Attention, and Care.
- Has a willingness to learn about the structure of the liturgy, including weddings and funerals, and liturgical terms. Can memorize the parts of the liturgy.
Interested? We do training throughout the year. To sign up as an altar server click here:
Our weekly and monthly schedules are on St. Joseph’s Scheduling web site. To log into our scheduling website to sign up for Masses, put in can’t serve times, and see the weekend schedule click here:
- St. Joseph Altar Server Workshop (Updated June 2017)
- Contains the procedures that are used in all parts of the Mass
- Updates include additional responsibilities for the Cross Bearer when there are only 2 Altar Servers for the Mass
- Other minor fine-tuning throughout
- Altar Server Parent Guidelines
Update (05/14/2017): There was an Altar Server Workshop on June 04 for all young parishioners in grades 5 through 12 (ages 10 and up) interested in becoming Altar Servers. The workshop was from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. The Workshop went through the entire process for the Mass. To prepare for our altar server workshops, please print a copy of the Workshop material by clicking on the link above. The invitation to all our Workshops goes out to all current Altar Servers who would like to attend and practice and/or ask questions about the process.
Altar Server Blessing and Appreciation Mass November 21-22, 2015
- Karl M Noah, St. Joseph Altar Server Coordinator
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