Altar Servers

Guidelines for Altar Servers

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Order of Mass

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Who are Altar Servers?

As an Altar Server for St. Peter Parish you are one of the liturgical ministers of our Parish. It is a call from God to a special ministry in the Church. Altar Servers have special tasks to perform during liturgies, especially during the celebration of the Eucharist. The Altar Server is very important in helping God's people worship in the best possible way. The ministry of assisting in the sanctuary enhances the beauty of the celebration for all who have been gathered together to pray.

Requirements for Altar Server Candidates

  • The ministry of Altar Server at St. Peter Parish welcomes both Adults and Children to serve.
  • Already received their First Holy Communion.
  • A strong desire to serve at the Altar of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Be an active member of the St. Peter Parish community and believe in the teachings of The Holy Catholic Church.
  • Be willing to pray aloud and make appropriate responses during the Mass.
  • Arrive at church at least 10 minutes before Mass starts.
  • Stay alert and attentive during Mass to serve the priest.
  • Take direction from Liturgical Coordinators for the Mass that you are serving.

How to sign up for Altar Server

For first time Altar Servers there are a couple ways to sign up.

  • You can contact Chris directly through e-mail ( or speak with him before or after Mass.
  • Inside the Vestry just inside the Church entry is a bulletin board with a sign up sheet. To sign up to be an Altar Server, add you name to the list and Chris will contact you. Please add your phone number or e-mail.

Altar Server Scheduling

Scheduling is now done monthly and is done separately from other St. Peter ministry scheduling. Inside the Vestry is a bulletin board with a sign up sheet. If you would like to serve, add your name to the list and you will be scheduled for the following month. Please sign up at least two weeks before the end of the month so that Chris can get you on the schedule. The schedule will be made for the next month from the list of people who have signed up. The schedule will be posted in the Vestry for the up coming month. If your name is on the schedule you will also be sent the schedule for the month by e-mail.

If you are unable to serve during your scheduled time it is your responsibility to find a replacement. You will find the list of Altar Servers and their phone numbers in the Vestry. You can also talk with Chris about the schedule.

Training for Altar Server Candidates

When you sign up to be an Altar Server, Chris Stanley, the Altar Server Group Coordinator will schedule an initial training session with you to prepare you for serving. He will teach you the duties and how to serve. You can also find the St. Peter Altar Server Guide on this website that describes the duties and how to serve, so that you will be able to study on your own. Chris encourages you to read through the Guide to become more confident about serving.

Following your initial training session you will be scheduled to serve as Altar Server at Mass. For your first few Masses, Chris will be your mentor and serve along side you guiding you through the Mass in progress and teaching you the duties. You will be scheduled frequently at first so that you can practice "on the job" and become confident at serving as Altar Server.

Don't worry if you forget something, you are not alone up there. You will be serving with a second Altar Server, both of you working together to fulfill the ministry of Altar Server and perform the duties. Father is also very helpful in prompting you when he needs you.

For more information contact

Linda Thomas-Bush

Linda Thomas-Bush is coordinator of the Altar Server Ministry and oversees St Peter's Altar Server Directives to make the liturgies flow as smoothly as possible. Linda schedules the Altar Servers and trains new as well as long time servers. As mentor in the ministry, Linda will serve beside new servers during their first few Masses, guiding them through the Mass in progress and the Altar Server duties until they become confident to serve.

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