Sacristans and Altar Servers

Altar Servers assisting with the Liturgy of the Mass

Sacristans help by setting up the Church for the celebration of Mass on Saturdays and weekdays. They are responsible for the upkeep of the Sacred Vessels and the linens used for Mass. There are no meetings and no dues. We have need of generous hearts and hands.

To be an altar server is a special honor and a great privilege in the Catholic Church. Altar servers today can trace their roots, or genealogy, to the order of Acolyte, a ministry that once was reserved only for those who were going to be ordained priests. One can look upon being an altar server as a special and unique ministry by which one can help to spread the word and the love of Christ through your actions and words. It is not difficult to be an altar server, but there are some things that you must know and remember.

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy during Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy by their actions, singing of hymns, responses of the people, looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.

Anyone who has received First Communion may serve in this ministry.  There is no age limit for servers; teenagers, young adults and older adults are welcome and encouraged to participate in this ministry.

“Do this in memory of me.” -Luke 22:19

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