Contact: Kathy Boscarino (DRE/YM) (936) 295-8159 email@example.com
Ministry Mission Statement:
The altar server is a helper who assists the Priest and Deacon in the Celebration of the Mass. Most importantly they are role models of devotion and reverence in worship for the entire congregation. Through their activities their mission is to assist on the Altar and inspire the congregation at large into a fuller participation in the Celebration of the Holy Mass.
Roles & Responsibilities:
An altar server is a young person who assists the Priest and Deacon by helping out with various tasks during the Celebration of the Holy Mass. The altar server holds open the liturgical books, processes with the cross, helps Father wash his hands before celebrating the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and so forth. Additionally, they are role models for other children, being reverent at all times and having an understanding and appreciation of the Mass at which they assist.
Being an altar server is open to all young men and women of at least the 4th grade or higher. Traditionally it has been men that have served, as a first step towards discernment of the priesthood, but the Church has opened altar serving to young women, so as to give them the opportunity to increase their devotion to the Holy Mass, and consider the religious life. All altar servers must be baptized, and have received their first communion.
Once a man has reached the age of 16, he may become an "Acolyte," by which we mean an altar server who can wear the cassock and surplice, but is not by any means an instituted Acolyte, which is a title and position reserved for Seminarians and those designated by the Bishop.
For many of our youth, this will be their first exposure to ministry within the Church. If they truly desire to serve well, and take the time to study the liturgy, they will learn much about the Church and develop a true love of the Holy Mass.
To become an altar server, one must attend altar server training, which is run at intervals by the current Altar Server Coordinator. The goal is to hold one training each semester. If a child is very interested in altar serving, he and his parents can contact the coordinator and request a special training session.
Altar servers are placed on a schedule, which is maintained by the Altar Server Coordinator. Schedules are made for 2-month intervals. If you cannot attend the Mass for which you are scheduled, you may either find a substitute or contact the coordinator to let him know that you are not able to serve at your scheduled Mass. Even if you aren’t on the schedule, you should be ready to serve if called upon whenever you arrive at the Church.
The clothing an altar server wears should be neat and respectful. Black shoes and slacks for boys, and flats for girls. No gaudy or flashy clothing should be worn, nor should you arrive in flip-flops, sneakers, or sandals. The white robe that you wear is called an "alb," the belt, which varies in color based upon the liturgical season is called a "cinture," and finally you will wear a cross around your neck.
Coordinator: new person needed
Contact: Kathy Boscarino (DRE/YM) (936) 295-8159 KathyBosc@sbcglobal.net
Hispanic Contact(s): Apolinar Gaytan (936) 650-5720
Student Contacts(s): pending
There are currently 15 altar servers for St. Thomas Catholic Church. We are always looking for more though, so if you know a young person who would make a great altar server, talk to them and let them know about the Altar Server ministry.