Address by Pope Francis to Altar Servers on 31 July 2018:
Dear altar boys and altar girls, the closer you are to the altar, the more you will remember to speak with Jesus in daily prayer; the more you will be nourished by the Word and the Body of the Lord, the better able you will be to go out to others, bringing them the gift that you have received, giving in turn with enthusiasm the joy you have received. Thank you for serving at the Lord’s altar … Thank you also for having begun to respond to the Lord, like the prophet Isaiah, “Here I am. Send me.”
All the baptised share in some manner the priesthood of Jesus Christ. They exercise this at Mass by joining with Jesus, in the person of the ordained priest, offering sacrifice to the Father. They may also serve in varrious liturgical ministries that they are able to exercise because of their baptismal union with Jesus Christ the High Priest. These ministries include: Altar Server, Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Communion, and Music Ministry.
Altar servers serve an important role in the Mass. Fulfilling a sacred function at the altar, and in other aspects of the liturgy, they have the privilege to be close to the action of the Mass and to assist the priest and deacon in their duties as Jesus becomes present to us in the Eucharist.
As server must have been baptised and recieved first communion. There is no upper age limit. Training is provided and you will be assisted by a more experienced server as you learn. Servers are scheduled to serve at various Masses, and may be called upon to exercise their ministry at special Masses and Feasts.
We welcome more adults to serve Funeral Masses and early daily Mass.
Secondary and college students are very welcome to join the ranks of altar servers and they may be asked to take on roles of leadership among other servers if they are so inclined.
The Guild of St Stephen
Our altar servers have the opportunity of joining the Guild of St Stephen, an international and Vatican-approved association of altar servers. For more information visit our page on the Guild of St Stephen.