Dear Students and Parents,
Serving at the altar during Mass is a valuable ministry. It is a privilege and a responsibility that we have entrusted to our young parishioners grades three and higher. Since you will be in that grouping this school year, I would like to invite you to become a part of this ministry of service.
The following information should be considered before you commit to this ministry:
You must be a person who respects the privilege and responsibility of being a server.
Your parent/guardian must agree to support you in this ministry with transportation.
It is the server’s responsibility to find substitutes when they cannot serve at their scheduled times.
You will be required to attend two Server Training Sessions. You must attend one from Session A and one from Session B. Parents are asked to attend the first half hour of Session A. There are currently three options for each Server Training Session. Sessions are limited to 9 new servers each. If more options are needed, they will be scheduled.
Session A, Option #1: Sunday, August 7 from 9:30-10:30
Session A, Option #2: Wednesday, August 10 from 7-8pm
Session B, Option #1: Sunday, August 14 from 9:30-10:30
Session B, Option #2: Wednesday, August 17 from 7-8pm
After considering the above, please complete attached form and return it to the parish office or collection basket (marked “Servers”) before or at the first session on Aug. 7th. Students will not be trained unless this permission slip has been turned in. If you have any questions, please contact me at the parish office or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Yours in Christ,
Director of Music and Liturgy
A Message From Pope Francis:
On Aug. 4, 2015, Pope Francis met with 9,000 altar servers from around the world to pray with them. "The closer you are to the altar," he told them, "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.” (Catholic Chronicle, Aug. 6, 2015)