Altar Server Guild

Goal:
To form a group of qualified and trained altar servers who render faithful, reverent, and meaningful service to God by assisting at the celebration of Holy Mass and other liturgical and devotional functions.

 

 

 

Server Qualifications:
– Registered/Active Parish Family
Completion of Third Grade
Recipient of the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, and Eucharist

Server Expectations
– Weekly Mass Attendance
Regular reception of Reconciliation and Eucharist
Ability to Recite basic prayers of the Mass
Code of Conduct compliance & fulfill the Guild’s Service Promise
Commitment to Program by both the server and the parent

Program at a Glance:

  • Servers will be ranked according to knowledge, experience, and performance.
  • Rank progression: Apprentice, Novice, Skilled Server, Master Server
  • Each Rank will have a different Vestment requirement
  • Higher ranked servers will have more responsibilities and more opportunities for serving (e.g. Weddings, Funerals)
  • Servers are required to attend Work, Pray, Play gatherings designed to help them:
    • Grow in spirituality through praying together
    • Grow as a community through playing together
    • Improve their knowledge and skills
    • Prove their abilities as a server
    • Understand the requirements for their advancement
  • Adult Volunteers are welcome/needed to help with the administration
    • Mass Coaches will work with servers before/after Mass
    • Trainers will help teach and evaluate the servers knowledge and skills
    • Organizers will be needed to help plan and implement Gatherings
  • Parental Support is required for servers to be successful
    • Read & Share all program communication, i.e. e-mail & training materials
    • Ensure timely arrival to assignments (20 minutes before Mass)
    • Obtain qualified substitutes as needed
    • Support of the program in general

Steps to become an Altar Server:
1st –  Attend a 1 hour Parent and Child Informational Meeting. Dates will be announced in bulletin and               published here well in advance, usually held in May (choice of dates)
2nd – Attend one, 90 minute “Show and Tell” Training Session in June, (a choice of dates)
3rd – Participate in one, 90 minute “Demonstration Day” in July (a choice of dates)
4th –  Attend our Commissioning Liturgy/Reception in August (open to all family, friends)

To find our more on our next Apprentice Class formation, contact our Altar Server Guild.