Serving is not for everyone. It is a call from God to a special ministry in the Church. As a Server, you are a Liturgical Minister with an important role during the Mass or during other liturgical services. It is your privilege to assist the priest at the Altar. This means that there is a certain way that is appropriate to behave. Remember that you are always part of the congregation even if you are sitting in a different place than they are.
Altar Servers are those who want to answer the call to serve our Lord by assisting the Priest during mass.
Who can be Altar Servers?
Servers must be at least 10 years old and have received the sacrament of Holy Communion, but there is no upper age limit. Servers must:
Adult altar servers are welcome and encouraged to train as well.
There may come a time when you no longer feel that serving is appropriate for you. When this happens, please advise the Server Coordinator or the Priest in charge of Altar Servers, as a courtesy.
Altar Server Training
Training is required before you are eligible to serve. You will receive appropriate training to get you started. During the training you will learn some basic information about the Catholic Church and the Mass. You will also learn how to carry out specific tasks while serving at the Altar. After you have progressed satisfactorily in training, you will be assigned to serve for several times with an experienced server.
How do I volunteer?
Please call Kathleen Wade a (503) 881-4797 to sign up for a training session.