The Altar Server Ministry at St. Martin de Porres provides an opportunity for parish youth to be active participants in the weekly Mass. Servers aid the presider throughout the Mass by bearing cross and candles, preparing holy objects and vessels, presenting books, and helping the presider to glorify and sanctify the celebration. This opportunity allows youth to develop a deeper appreciation for the ceremony and ritual that is such an anchor to our Catholic faith.
All parishioners--both boys and girls--between the ages of 10-18 are invited to participate in the Ministry. Training and visibility make altar servers role models for the entire congregation, so servers are well prepared in the parts of the Liturgy, the Order of the Mass, proper decorum, and care for the sacred articles and garments.
Altar servers usually are assigned to serve at the Mass their family regularly attends. Most serve once per month, but some may serve more or less, depending on the Mass time.
The Altar Server schedule is drafted every two to three months. As of April 2015, all liturgical ministries at St. Martin de Porres Church were converted to a new scheduling program. Please alert either the ministry coordinator or the liturgy coordinator of any technical difficulties, or scheduling errors.
Anticipated scheduling conflicts should be submitted by the 10th of the month prior to a new schedule release. Requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For conflicts that arise after a schedule has been distributed, please use the ministry email roster to request a substitute.
Altar Server applications--available online & in the parish office; accepted year-round
Training--offered annually (generally in summer); 2 sessions required
New servers usually begin in August or September, working with experienced server teams.
SUMMER 2016 TRAINING
Session #1 Session #2
Mon, June 20, 7:30pm tba (July 16)
Thurs, June 30, 7:30pm
St. Martin's appreciates its Altar Servers! Servers are recognized in multiple ways: