Altar Server

Training Session

coming in the spring of 2017

 

Altar Server Ministry Newsletter

Fall Newsletter, September 2016

LEAD ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED 

We are looking for responsible, reliable altar servers in grades 8 to 12 who are willing to learn all altar server roles, assist as needed at special Masses and training sessions, and help lead a team of altar servers during Masses.  All volunteers must be current on their safe environment training and be registered parishioners of GSCC.  If you are interested in learning more about the new lead altar server role, please contact us at altarservers@gscc.net

ALTAR SERVER COACHES NEEDED

We are looking for adults who are willing to learn all roles of altar servers and attend trainings for altar servers.  Coaches must arrive 30 minutes before Mass begins and are responsible for ensuring that the altar server positions are filled and that the altar servers are prepared for their roles.  All volunteers must be current on their safe environment training and be registered parishioners of GSCC.  If you are interested in becoming an altar server coach and helping altar servers succeed and grow in the ministry, then please contact us at altarservers@gscc.net

 

INTERESTED IN BEING A GOOD SHEPHERD ALTAR SERVER?

Parents and youth click here to view our 6 min. 21 sec. introductory video on the ministry

 

Overview of ministry

Altar Servers perform a very important and much needed role in liturgical services. This role includes assisting the presider so that the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence. It enables the presider to focus on leading all present through word, prayer and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The activities of the altar server include carrying lighted candles, holding books, vessels and other liturgical items, assisting during Baptisms, etc. The humble service of the altar server helps to eliminate distractions and enables other ministers to simplify their motions during liturgical services.    

Benefits

  • Increase personal relationship with the Lord

  • Learn more about the Order of Mass and the teachings of the Catholic Church

  • Provide service for the parish
  • Serve as a role model for others
  • Grow in responsibility and teamwork

Requirements

  1. Must be Catholic, have been Baptized and have received First Holy Communion
  2. Must be a registered parishioner of Good Shepherd Catholic Community
  3. Must have completed 4th grade
  4. Acknowledgement from the parish office that the diocesan requirement of Safe Environment training has been met:

    • For youth less than 13 years of age, training is handled by the parents at home. Contact the parish office to obtain the pre-teen packet.  Return completed paperwork to the parish office as well. 
    • For youth from 13 to 17 years of age, attend one of the Teen Safe Environment Classes.

  

online scheduling program

The scheduling of altar servers is done using the Ministry Scheduler Pro online program. Servers may enter one or more preferred Mass times as well as “not available” dates. Schedules are created once a quarter in light of the preferred Mass times and “not available” dates. For unexpected schedule conflicts, the program also supports substitutions. Once “official”, new altar servers receive an email with a password and user name to the Ministry Scheduler Pro program.  

How to become a Good Shepherd Altar Server

Complete the Safe Environment requirements as indicated (see Requirements above) and then inform the lead for the altar server ministry (contact information is below). You will then be contacted to schedule a training class. Training classes are usually on Sundays at 12:15 (after the 11:00 AM Mass) and they last about 1 1/2 hours. 

Prospective servers do NOT need to wait to start learning how to altar serve! Review the training materials below to begin learning NOW and be prepared for training! New servers will begin in the Altar Server 4 position but are expected to know the Order of Mass, proper behavior and reverence during Mass, dress code, names of religious objects/places, and how all of the servers work together as a team to help the Mass be conducted without distractions.

Altar Server Ministry Contact Information

The altar server ministry leads is Tony Chereso.  If you or your child are interested in joining the ministry or if you have questions about the ministry, please contact Tony Chereso

ALTAR SERVER DRESS CODE        

In accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Guidelines for Altar Servers which states in Section 4, “Servers should also receive appropriate guidance on maintaining proper decorum and attire when serving Mass and other functions,”  it is necessary for all GSCC Altar Servers to follow the GSCC established dress code when serving at the Altar of our God.  Below is information and links regarding the GSCC Altar Server dress code.  Please take time to become familiar with the required dress code.

Hair should be nicely groomed, and long hair should be secured completely away from the face when serving.

Male altar servers are required to wear dress slacks or dress shorts with plain, dark socks and black (preferred) or dark brown dress shoes. 

Female altar servers are required to either wear plain black (preferred) or dark brown closed toe dress shoes or dress sandals with no heel or low heel that are quiet when walking.  Plain black, closed toe dress shoes are preferred for females.

Altar servers must not draw attention to their feet.  Instead, servers should help the congregation focus on the holiness of Mass.  Sneakers (athletic or tennis shoes of any style or color), flip flops, “blingy” shoes, high heels, boots, or any other distracting shoes are not allowed.

Altar servers may bring their dress shoes for altar serving with them into church and change their shoes in the Liturgical Ministries Room. 

Acceptable examples of shoes are posted in the Liturgical Ministries Room and are also available below. If inappropriate shoes are worn, you may not be allowed to serve.

If you have questions about the Altar Server shoe dress code, please contact Diane Kain at dkain@gscc.net.

Full Altar Server Dress Code 

Acceptable Shoes for Males 

Acceptable Shoes for Females 

 

Training Materials

Documents

Videos (Updated training videos will be available near the end of October or early November)

Altar Server Guides

Altar Server Coach/Lead Resources