Excerpts from Pope John Paul II to Gathering of Altar Servers
(On August 12, 2001, Pope John Paul II addressed the one thousandth audience of his pontificate. The audience was attended by more than 2,000 young men and women altar servers to whom the Holy Father addressed a substantial portion of his remarks.)
Your commitment to the altar is not only a duty, but a great honor, a genuine holy service. In connection with this service, I wish to propose some reflections to you.
-The altar server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration. The altar server presents himself to a community and experiences firsthand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgical act. Jesus is present when the community comes together to pray.
-Therefore, in the liturgy, you are much more than simple “helpers of the parish priest.” Above all, you are servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal High Priest. Thus, you, altar servers, are called in particular to be young friends of Jesus. Be determined to go deeper and to cultivate this friendship with him. You will discover that in Jesus you have found a true friend for life.
-The altar server often has a candlestick in his hand. How can one not think of that which Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Your service cannot be limited to the inside of a church. It must shine in everyday life: in school, in the family, and in different realms of society. Because, whoever wishes to serve Jesus Christ inside a church must be his witness everywhere.
School Altar Servers
Altar servers share an important role in the liturgy. They are to assist the priests and deacons in the celebration of mass and other services. It is a unique opportunity for young adults to grow in faith and become more active in the mass.
Students are encouraged to participate in this ministry. They are trained and are asked to serve during the school’s liturgies.
Altar Server Criteria
- Catholic, who has received first communion
- Student (male or female) in good academic standing
- Completed required training
If interested in finding out more information please contact Deacon Frank Lafuente at (210) 333-2471.