Altar Serving Ministry
The Ministry of Altar Serving assists to ensure the celebration of the liturgy runs smoothly. A cross bearer/sacramentary holder and two acolytes participate in this ministry to bring dignity and grace to the each movement in the assembly’s act of worship. Any children in grade 4 or above, who have received First Communion, are eligible to become altar servers. Training sessions are conducted annually for new altar servers. Contact: Father David if your child wishes to become an altar server. Current altar servers should consult the schedule posted.
Prior to the liturgy
- Those participating in the ministry of altar serving should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of liturgy.
- Upon arrival, the altar servers sign in on the ministry schedule at the back of the church.
- The altar servers should ensure that all items are ready for this ministry (i.e. processional cross, candles).
- The altar servers group determines who will assume each of the following responsibilities for the liturgy: cross bearer/holder of the sacramentary book and acolytes (or candle bearers).
During the celebration of the liturgy
- The altar servers carrying the processional cross and candles lead the entrance procession.
- The acolytes process with the candles to the ambo for the Gospel and remain there during the Gospel reading.
- During the gathering up of the assembly’s gifts, the altar servers prepare the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
- Altar servers assist the presider with the reception of the gifts.
- The altar servers help both in the preparation of the chalice and the washing of hands.
- At the conclusion of communion, the candle bearers assist in removing the chalice and ceboria from the altar.
- The processional cross and candles lead the recessional procession.
- All servers are also ready to assist with any other tasks that may arise during the Mass.
At the conclusion of the liturgy
- At the conclusion of the liturgy altar servers hang up their vestments.