The Altar Server Ministry is very active in St Mary‘s. There are nearly always Altar Servers at every Weekend Mass. We aim for three Altar Servers at each Mass but this can vary. During school holidays when many are away we might have only one but there is always someone. On special occasions such as Easter we may have up to six. This Ministry is open to boys and girls who have received their Sacraments on Initiation. ie Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
At the end of the Sacramental Program each year all children are invited to be part of this Ministry.
It is an excellent starting point for becoming part of Catholic Community Activities.
Any child who has been part of the Sacramental Program from another parish is also invited to apply.
Watch the Parish Bulletin for details of training
Training will involve an hour and a half session with two of our Acolytes to teach the tasks that are part of this Ministry. It is usually held within a month of our Sacramental Program finishing
Then it is simply a matter of doing. Children will serve with an experienced Altar Server and an Acolyte who will guide them through.
Proud parents report their children are both excited and nervous when they first start.
After a few weeks this nervousness goes and is replaced by a quiet confidence.
The Parish supplies the gown (called an Alb) and a sash (called a Cincture). The Alb is worn over their normal clothing.
The colour of the Cincture varies with the season and the easiest way to know what colour is to note what colour vestments that Father is wearing. The Cincture colour matches that colour.
The cincture is tied on the left.
At first we ask parents to help their children with the Alb and Cincture until such times as they are able to do it for themselves.
New Altar Servers are usually rostered a few weeks in quick succession so that they will learn faster.
You tell us which Mass you usually attend and we will roster you for that Mass.
The Ministry is voluntary and very family friendly. No-one is asked to do anything they do not want to do.
Ministry co-ordinator : Tom McGuire
Please contact the parish office to register your interest in this Ministry.