In the words of Pope Francis he states that “Serving at the altar is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus, which in turn enables you to open yourselves to others, to journey together, to set demanding goals and to find the strength to achieve them. 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.”

Altar servers typically have the most in depth knowledge of the order of the Mass for which they develop a greater meaning of the Mass. Of all things Catholics do, nothing is more important than celebrating Mass together. In your call to ministry none is as important as your service at Mass as one of the leaders of the community. People will see you participating through your listening, praying, and singing. This will help them to feel more comfortable about praying and singing themselves. This is your first leadership job: to be a leader of prayer.

For our children, being an altar server is a developmental and leadership opportunity. It has been proven over the years that our children who become altar servers develop many skills and disciplines that better prepare them for life and in particular with leadership skills. This is more evident as they become experienced and begin to mentor the younger new servers.

According to a past study, 75% of seminarians were altar servers. It’s no coincidence that when children fall in love with the Mass, they fall deeper in love with God. Whether our children chose a religious vocation or one of married life, the effect of experiencing the Mass in a personal way can only help to further their faith life in the very best of ways.

To assist in the success of our parish and to strengthen the spirit of community we need to take an active role in one or more of the various ministries. The altar server ministry places us closest to the altar during the Sacrifice of the Mass for which a deeper experience is realized.