Weekend Servers Coordinator: Paula Hass
Weekday Servers Coordinator: Annabelle Clinger
If you’re interested in participating in this important ministry, please contact the parish office at email@example.com and your contact information will be forwarded to the coordinator.
The schedule is not posted on the website but is e-mailed out to altar server families by the coordinator.
Although institution into the ministry of acolyte is reserved to lay men, the diocesan bishop did permit the liturgical functions of the instituted acolyte to be carried out by altar servers, men and women, boys and girls. The determination that women and girls may function as servers in the liturgy has been made by the bishop on the diocesan level so that there is a uniform diocesan policy.
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 (hymns, responses, etc.), by looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Servers carry the cross, the processional candle(s), hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and censer, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, wash the hands of the priest, assist the priest celebrant and deacon as necessary.
Servers should be seated in a place from which they can easily assist the priest celebrant and deacon. The place next to the priest is normally reserved for the deacon.
Servers may not distribute holy communion unless they have been mandated for this function by the bishop.
Altar servers must attend every Mass that they have been scheduled. When a server cannot be present they must arrange for a replacement.
Altar servers are on duty from the time they enter the sanctuary at the start of Mass until they finish cleanup after the end of Mass. During the Mass their duty station is the sanctuary and a server may not leave the sanctuary except as directed by a priest, deacon or bodily necessity.
Altar servers must have received first confession and Holy Communion.
The three primary positions during the mass are standing, sitting and kneeling. In any of these positions they should maintain a straight formal posture. In the standing and kneeling positions their hands should be held in the praying position. When sitting the hands should be held on the lap or at the sides.
Whatever you wear underneath an alb will show through. Servers should wear white or solid colors.
Dress shoes should be worn whenever possible.