Altar Servers

Altar serving is an important ministry available to boys and girls in the third grade or older who demonstrate a willingness to assist our parish priests in the Celebration of Mass.

Our parish is blessed to have such a wonderful and devoted group of altar servers. Altar Servers observe a regular schedule of assigned Mass duties. If you are interested you may contact our parish priests or Jacy Northup at 935-7620 for St. Francis Church, or Bill Harding at 783-4411 for St. Romuald Chapel.

Schedule:

Our parish conducts Altar Servers training periodically during the year. A summary of the procedure for Mass is detailed in the following link.

Altar Server Training Summary

The main church schedule is typically provided quarterly and mailed to each Altar Server family. It can also be obtained by clicking on the following link.

AUGUST 2016 Altar Server schedule(PDF)

See Bill Harding for a St. Romuald altar serving schedule.

To Help assist at Mass, here is a quick checklist for you to follow:

Before Mass Begins:

  • Arrive at church 15 minutes early.
  • Sign in for the proper Mass.
  • Put on the alb (and colored scapular if you are a cross-bearer)
  • Light altar candles and processional candles.
  • Quietly wait for Father at the front door of the church.

Entrance Procession:

  • When the opening hymn begins the cross-bearer leads the procession, holding the cross, walking slowly and reverently, down the center aisle.
  • The altar servers follow holding the processional candles chest high.
  • The cross-bearer will step to the sanctuary and stand facing forward near the music cantor.
  • The altar servers will stand to the left behind the cross-bearer. (The priest will come and stand to your right).
  • When the priest reaches the altar, he will genuflect to the tabernacle and the bow to the altar.
  • As the priest proceeds to the sanctuary, the cross-bearer brings the cross into the sacristy and places the cross in its stand.
  • The altar servers will follow the cross-bearer into the sacristy, placing the processional candles on the table leaving them lit.
  • The altar servers and cross-bearer will stand in front of their chairs with their hands folded.

General items to remember during Mass:

  • Be reverent, prayerful and quiet on the altar (except to whisper for assistance from an experienced server).
  • Keep your eyes on the priest.
  • Keep your hands folded in prayer when standing and folded in your lap when sitting.
  • When presenting the water and wine cruets to Father, be sure to hold them with the handles facing outward so that Father can take them easily.
  • Experienced servers, please assist the less- experienced servers on the altar so that they may learn the process correctly.

After Mass:

  • Extinguish altar candles and processional candles.
  • Help distribute parish bulletins.
  • Neatly hang up your alb and scapular where you found them.