How can you serve your parish community for the majority of your time in school? By becoming an altar server. The Parish Knights of Columbus have the responsibility of training altar servers at St. Theresa parish. They do this by holding several classes usually in the fall. You have the opportunity to serve mass time that you prefer.
Pope Francis was quoted recently speaking to 9000 altar servers, “Serving at the altar, the pope told the young people, is a privileged way to draw closer to Jesus, which in turn "enables you to open yourselves to others, to journey together, to set demanding goals and to find the strength to achieve 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.”
What does it mean to be an Altar Server? Part of it means that Altar Servers help the priest at Mass, are responsible, report on time and are respectfully dressed. But much more than that, being an Altar Server means being connected to the Mass in a powerful way.
Here are four reasons to become an altar server:
1) Best Seat in the House
Hey, if you are wanting to get the best seat in house, altar serving is for you. Ever get bored at church? That will not happen anymore. Need a good reason to get away from your annoying brother or sister? This is it.
It’s become something of the “cool” factor among kids. They enjoy serving together. Many servers often drop by the altar server room before Mass just to see if they need an extra set of hands. They make lots of friends with other boys and girls outside their normal peer group, Fourth graders become friends with high school kids. We are called to live in community and I can’t think of a more positive bunch than our 70 altar servers.
3) Respect and understanding of the Mass.
You will experience the mass in a new and special way. You will likely have an almost immediate shift in your approach. Your focus and understanding will change resulting in joy and mastery of the mass.
4) An opportunity for leadership.
You will begin knowing nothing and will soon find yourself helping and mentoring others as you grow in your knowledge.
For more information contact the parish or school office.