Altar Server Ministry
Coordinator: Deacon Sergio Hernandez
The mission of the St. Mary's Altar Servers is to assist the priest at the altar with reverence, with dignity, and with faith. This ministry is open to all boys and girls beginning in 4th grade. They should have already received First Holy Communion and regularly participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as receive the Eucharist whenever they participate in the liturgy. Servers should be mature enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry them out well and with appropriate reverence.
Their duties are to assist the priest celebrant during Mass thereby serving an integral role in the celebration. Their responsibilities include: carrying the cross and the processional candles, holding the book (such as the Sacramentary) for the celebrant when he is not at the altar, carrying the incense and censer, assisting the celebrant when he receives the gifts of bread and wine from the people, washing the hands of the celebrant, and assisting the priest as necessary.
Please contract the church office at (760) 352-4211 if you would like to join this ministry. Training sessions are offered for all interested youth.