On Being An ALTAR SERVER
The altar servers help the Priest throughout the liturgy.
Anyone who has received their First Holy Communion and is trained can be an altar server. At Saint Nicholas Parish, they have to go through a three- session Formation Program.
Parents are asked to attend an Information Session so they understand what this special ministry is all about.
Generally, the task of Altar Servers are:
- At the beginning of the Mass the altar servers process into the church with the Priest, and they bring religious symbols such as the cross or candles into the sacred space.
- During the Preparation of the Gifts, the altar servers stand either side of the Priest at the front of the altar to receive the gifts. They then take the gifts and the water used by the Priest to the altar table.
- At the conclusion of the liturgy the altar servers process out of the church with the Priest.