Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Ministry of Altar Servers
About the Ministry
This program seeks to encourage the youth of our parish to fully engage in our faith through their service to the Church as altar servers. Serving at the altar gives youth 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, witness to the seriousness and solemnity of the liturgy, and 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 serving at 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), Readers, 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.
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!
USCCB Guidelines for Altar Servers
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.
Once you have received your First Holy Communion, you are welcome to train to become an altar server. Please fill out the contact info on this page to get started.
Altar Server Schedule
The Altar Server Ministry Schedule will not be posted on the website in order to protect our young people. It is located in the Sacristy.
Travis McDonald, Altar Server Coordinator,