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Altar Servers

Welcome to the Ministry of Altar Server at St. Michael’s! We are glad if you are considering becoming part of this important group. The primary role of the altar server is being friends of Jesus Christ by serving Him, the priest and deacon, and the St. Michael parish community as it seeks to give glory to God and help people on the way to salvation.

What are altar servers?

The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest and deacon in the celebration of the liturgy, the Church’s public prayer. True altar servers enjoy the experience of helping at Mass, like working together with other young people, and know that they are praying in a special way when they serve at community prayer at St. Michael’s.  There are many things that altar servers do that help the priest, deacon, and assembly pray better at Mass, Evening Prayer, Stations of the Cross, and other prayer times.  The ministry of altar server is an extremely important part of our celebration.

Who can be a Server? And How?

This ministry is open to all St. Michael parishioners, grade five through high school, who have been baptized and have received their First Holy Communion.

After prayerfully considering the altar server ministry, new altar servers are first trained in serving, and then are first scheduled with more experienced altar servers, so that they can be helped as they continue to learn. Altar servers assist at Sunday Masses as well as funerals, weddings, Stations of the Cross, and other prayer services celebrated throughout the year.

Occasionally, there will be other events scheduled to help the altar servers enhance their skills, learn more about the Mass and the sacraments, and to have fun with other altar servers.

To speak to someone regarding more information about altar serving, or to find out about becoming an altar server, please contact Kathryn Sanders at 219-201-1172

Download or view the Alter Server Handbook – Updated 2016

May God bless you and your loved ones.