What is an altar server?
An altar server is a member of the church community who knows the order of the liturgy and assists the priest with grace and reverence.
Servers are an excellent example for the assembly, as they sing, listen and keep attentively silent. They assist the presider in many ways at the Liturgy. For example, altar servers assist with the book of prayers, set and clear the altar, bring the water and wine to the presider, and when needed ring the bells. Altar servers also help in special liturgies attending to incense, candles and processions.
A Prayer for Altar Servers
Dear God, help me to do my best today. Help me to be reverent and joyfully fulfill my duties. Help me to serve like Jesus did, in a humble way. Let me realize what a gift it is to feel like an apostle at Jesus' side. AMEN.
Altar Servers at St Paul's Church
Any youth in 4th grade or above is invited and encouraged to be an altar server. At St Paul's, altar servers help at the Mass of their choice, usually twice a month.
Novice Acolyte St. Paul Server
There are three levels of altar servers at St Paul's, with special training for each level. When an altar server is proficient at one level, and wishes to advance to the next level, additional training is provided. At this time, a handbook for altar servers is being developed.
Adult Altar Servers
Adults are also invited to be altar servers, especially at the morning Mass, at funerals, and at other requested occasions.
If you would like to learn more about being an altar server, please contact the parish office: