Altar Servers

Altar Servers assist the Priest and the Deacon in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and serve 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 4 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.

Requirements

      • 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.

Skills

      • 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.

If you are interested in serving in this ministry or have questions, please complete the form below.  

Why Become an Altar Server?

We adhere to the Archdiocese of Baltimore Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth.  All youth 14 and older must complete a volunteer application and read the Statement of Policy and Code of Conduct.  Adults involved in this ministry must complete all the requirements for volunteers with substantial contact.  Click here for more information.

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