Other than priests and deacons, no one else is closer to the sacrifice of Christ on the altar than those ministering as altar servers. Serving at Mass is unique ministry that requires dedication, discipline, and devotion. Not only does a server assist the priest and deacon in the celebration of the Mass, but they themselves encounter Christ in His sacrifice in a particular way.This is an excellent opportunity to accept the invitation from Christ which was received at Baptism. We are all called to be Priest, Prophet, and King. Through the Altar Server Ministry, this calling can be fulfilled: by praying, by living your life as proclaimed in the Gospel, and by recognizing that you are a sister or brother to Jesus.
Altar Servers must have received the following sacraments: Baptism, Reconciliation, and Holy Communion. They maybe begin this ministry upon starting the 4th grade. There is a training session and the new altar sever will be paired with an experienced altar server.
If you would like to volunteer for this important ministry, Click here for a sign up form.
Download the form, fill it out and drop it in the collection basket, at the parish office, or with your Religious Ed Catechist. You can also contact Deacon Mike Truman direct at 410 398-0009.
The altar server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration. The altar server presents themself to a community and experiences firsthand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgical act. Jesus is present when the community comes together to pray and render praise to God. Jesus is present in the Word of sacred Scripture. Jesus is present above all in the Eucharist under the signs of bread and wine. He acts through the priest who, in the person of Christ, celebrates the Holy Mass and ministers the sacraments.
Therefore, in liturgy, you are much more than simple “helpers of the parish priest.” Above all, you are servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal high Priest. (Blessed Pope John Paul II)
Altar Server Prayer
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for
Calling me to
Serve you at
Your Holy Altar
During the celebration of the Eucharist.
I know that the priest takes Your place
When, together with Your people and
In the name of the Church, he makes present
Again Your Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
Help me to carry
Out my role with
In this memorial
of the Last Super.
Let me remain close
To you on earth that
One ay I may share
In your glory. Amen