Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Ministry of Altar Servers
About the Ministry
Bringing children up in the faith today is difficult. This program seeks, more than anything, to encourage the young to fully engage our faith through their service to the Church as ministers of the altar. Serving at the altar gives the young a hands on, personal experience of God’s work in the liturgy. It also can be an opportunity for them to work alongside other children and adults and be edified by their witness of faith. Through their service, altar servers provide the parish with an example of service, they witness to the seriousness and solemnity of the liturgy, and they inspire those who come to Mass with hope for the future of our Church.
Like all calls to ministry, it is God who makes the invitation. The Ministry of Altar Servers is not a children’s ministry, but a family ministry. The child on the altar represents the family. The family’s commitment to supporting the altar server is vital to success of this ministry! Altar Servers are just as vital to the Mass as Liturgical Auxiliary (LA), Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMs), Lectors, Choir, and Ushers! This ministry does require commitment.
Growing in Service at the Lord’s Altar
The altar server ministry is very important and you will be making a serious commitment to your parish family. This ministry is open to any boy or girl who has received their First Holy Communion. The server is the priest and deacon’s right hand helper.
Serving at the Altar is a special privilege. Altar Servers are close to the altar as they serve the priest, they carry the cross, and they carry the light of Christ as the Gospel is proclaimed. Our young altar servers wear the robe of baptism (the alb), which is a sign of their position in the community as baptized people. They hold the book of the prayers (the Roman Missal), and they help the priest at the altar. How wonderful this is!
Amount of Time Required
Altar servers should plan on spending no more than 90 minutes, signing in and leaving the church, each time they serve.
Training for Altar Servers is two initial 60 minute training sessions. Other sessions may be held throughout the year, at the availability of the coordinator and priest.
Next Training to be held in the Church on Saturdays, May 20 and May 27, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Your child must attend both classes and watch videos in order to be commissioned to the ministry and serve at Mass. Parent please attend the first meeting with your child.
Altar Server Schedule
The Altar Server Ministry Schedule will not be posted on the website in order to protect our young people.
Yoshi Asanuma, Altar Server Coordinator, (559)-977-8956, firstname.lastname@example.org