The responsibility of altar servers is to serve at various liturgies and thus help free the presider priest from details so he may give full attention to presiding. The various tasks include: leading liturgical processions, assisting with the book of prayers, helping set the altar table and setting sacred vessels aside after communion. After Mass, they take care of the candles, incense, and processional cross.
In addition, altar serving is a wonderful way of advancing in spiritual life that is centered around the Eucharist. Servers participate in the sacred liturgy with their own work that contributes specifically to the Work of the Faithful and the prayer of the Church and thus their service builds up the Body of Christ.
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Our Commitment: Altar servers help free the presider priest from details so he may give full attention to presiding over Mass.
Serve in this Ministry
Time & Training Required: At minimum, two initial training sessions for each group of new servers (about 3 hours each) and about 1-2 hours a month serving Mass. Altar server trainers and coordinators also devote another hour per week in general, and extra time at feast days and holy days to prepare. Altar servers at St. John's must be in the 5th - 12th grade.
Helpful Attributes: Parish youth who strive to praise God and serve the Church specifically through assisting with the sacred Liturgy and other liturgical celebrations. Reverence, being a living example of the Gospel, and utmost devotion to the Eucharist are expected. This ministry is one of the few that children can volunteer for, and is a wonderful opportunity for them to deepen their Catholic faith.