Leader: Troy Peco
Meeting Days and Time: Serves at Mass - 5:30 pm Saturday 8:30am and 11:00am Sunday
Meeting Location: Church
Training: Typically twice a year
We want to encourage multi-generational altar serving. This involves grandparents, Moms, Dads, daughters and sons, aunts and uncles serving the altar together.
Why be an altar server? (Altar servers must have made their First Holy Communion.)
Instead of Mass being an event that you attend because your parents make you go, an altar server looks forward to the privilege of assisting the priest at Mass, making the Mass flow such that the priest can pray the Mass effortlessly and preach an inspiring message to the congregation.
Just as "families that pray together stay together", families that altar serve together would stay together. It could be as effective for family spirituality as praying the rosary together.
It will get the family to Mass on time.
You feel involved with the parish.
You are part of a team of players with other functions, such as the choir, ushers, musicians, lectors, all working together for the benefit of the congregation to have a grace-filled Mass experience.
You learn it is okay to make a mistake as long as you are doing your best, and this lesson carries over to the rest of life. Hands-on learning is a great way to learn new skills. It is a wonderful way for them to learn the names of objects used during Mass, vestment pieces, and other church-related terms.
To serve with family members makes you proud to be a family member.
You feel a special closeness to what is happening at Mass.
Serving the Lord brings joy to you and to Him.
Your self- confidence is increased.
Will it make your child holier that they know terms like ambo or chalice. Maybe not.
But, it might make them have a better understanding and appreciation for what is going on during the service or Mass, and that is a pretty wonderful benefit.
2/3rds of all seminarians had been altar servers.
Opportunity to get to know other parishioners.
Can lead to service as a eucharistic minister, lector, deacon and priest.
They get to know their parish priest in a more personal way.
Please contact Troy Peco to become an Altar Server.