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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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.