If anyone is interested in becoming an altar server you must be in Grade 4 by July 1st of the current year, and received their 1st Holy Communion. The new training class will begin in late January 2015.
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The children spent 6 weeks of training and then passed a quiz before they were able to be commissioned as an altar server.
The photo’s show Fr. Paul taking them through the Sacristy to show them where the vessels are kept. Deacon Dan Wallace, Gary Pascual and Elaine Holcomb make up the training personnel.
Altar Servers' Guide
PRAYERS TO KNOW
To Parents and Altar Servers
ALTAR SERVER DUTIES
Prayer before Serving
Father in heaven,
Your Son, Jesus Christ,
Showed his love for you
By serving his needy
brothers and sisters.
I now ask you to give me your
Help as I serve you and your people.
Open my mouth to praise you in word and song.
Open my ears to hear your Word.
Open my hands to do your work well.
Take from my heart all evil and distracting thoughts.
Help me to know what I should do and to do it well.
Help me to serve reverently at your holy altar,
And so give you praise and glory, now and forever. Amen
Prayer after Serving
Lord Jesus Christ,
You are the eternal High Priest.
You lead all your saints in heaven.
And your people on earth
In praising God, our Father.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
For letting mc come before your altar,
So that, with your help,
I can praise my Father in heaven as his server.
Help me find joy in serving at your altar.
Help me find gladness
In knowing and doing your will in all things.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus,
And to the Father and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now
And will be forever,
Altar Server Duties
SATURDAY EVENING/SUNDAY MORNING
What to do before Mass starts
Note: (The Sacristan will do this, but remember you must always check to make sure each item listed below has been done).
Fill one cruet with water and fill part of the pitcher with wine. Put the wine pitcher, and one ciboriurn with hosts on the small table in the middle of the church. Place the following on the Credence table by the sacristy door, cruet with water, bowl, finger towel, bells, chalice (with paten, pall, corporal, purificator and tabernacle key), and the rest of the empty ciboriums, as many as needed for the Mass. Put the Sacramentary where Altar Servers sit. The Lectionary will be carried into Church by the lector/Deacon. Light the candles about 3-5 minutes before Mass begins.
Order of the Mass
Altar Server Duties
What do before Mass starts
Note: (The sacristan will do this, but remember you must always check to make sure each item listed below has been done).
Fill one cruet with water and fill part of the pitcher with wine. Put the wine pitcher, and ciborium with hosts on the Credence table by the sacristy door. Also placed on the credence table are the bells, linger towel, chalice (with paten, pall, corporal, purifIcator and tabernacle key), and the rest of the ciboriums and glasses needed for the Mass. Put the sacramentaty on the altar. Light the large candles already on the altar about 3-5 minutes before mass begins.
Order of the Weekday am Mass
MESSAGE FROM FR. PAT THOMPSON
Dear Altar Server and Family,
This little booklet is the work of a number of people who want you to be a very good acolyte and to be eager and proud to serve the Lord. It is quite complete, and you will have to read it very carefully, part by part. Parents and family should be ready to help beginning altar servers to learn all the things they are expected to do. It takes some home study.
Thank God for the privilege you have received. We thank you for your readiness to take on the wonderful duty of altar server. Please take this obligation seriously, and stay with your altar serving through the years of your growing up. I started serving in the fourth grade, through high school, in college, and then went on to the seminary. I enjoyed every single year.
You have to read this booklet very slowly and carefully in order to understand exactly what is being said. God bless you in doing it.
Congratulations to our new altar servers!
They were commissioned on Sunday April 6th at the 11am Mass.
At the year end thank you altar server party Deacon Dan presented some very special awards to three of our long time servers who retired.
Nikki Martinez & Glen Abalayan both started as altar servers in the 4th grade and continued to serve through their high school years received a $250 check for their dedication to their faith and church.
Joshua Buchanan started later but joined as a server in 7th grade and served throughout his high school years for his dedication to his faith and church he received a check for $100.
We thank these servers for their dedication and hope it will inspirers other servers to do the same.