What is the ministry of Altar Server?
Simply put, our altar servers assist the priest at Mass. They take part in carrying the cross in procession, assist with the offertory procession, setting and removing things to and from the altar, and serve as role models for participation in the Mass.
Here at St. Augustine’s, altar servers consist of boys and girls from our parish (in the main pupils from our local primary school) who have already made their First Holy Communion. All our servers are trained by Sr. Eileen and the priests.
Besides age, what are the other qualifications for serving?
We believe we have many of the best altar servers anywhere! But this excellence does require a bit of work on the part of our young people:
- We require all servers to attend a meetings and practices which are scheduled.
- The practices not only teaches what needs to be done, but teaches an understanding of what happens at Mass in relation to the servers’ duties.
- There is also time devoted to learning the proper liturgical names of the sacred items used during the Mass (such as the vessels and cloths, etc.) with the expectation that all servers will be able to minister in a knowledgeable manner.
If you are interested in becoming an altar-server at St. Augustine’s just speak to one of the priests after Mass to make arrangements to join our team.