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.
Serving at Mass is a beautiful way to deepen the Eucharistic amazement not only for our servers but for the but the whole parish. We are working to revitalize and renew our serving program. There are changes to the current protocols with serving and ongoing training will be offered. Anyone 5th grade or later who is interested in serving can contact Fr. Kenn Clem (email@example.com) for information on the next training session.
Dear Altar Servers, you are, in fact, already apostles of Jesus! When you take part in the Liturgy by carrying out your altar service, you offer a witness to all. Your absorption, the devotion that wells up from your heart and is expressed in gestures, in song, in the responses: if you do it correctly and not absent-mindedly, then in a certain way your witness is one that moves people.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the bond of friendship with Jesus. You are very close to Jesus in the Eucharist, and this is the most important sign of his friendship for each one of us. Do not forget it.
-excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Altar Servers, August 2, 2006