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Altar Server


"Being an altar server a call to prayer and mission. Serving at the altar 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." ~ Pope Francis

Our altar servers are boys, girls and young adults who volunteer to serve in the celebration of the Eucharist. At our parish, anyone can become an altar server provided they have made their First Holy Communion. Each server is provided with training and a flexible schedule.

As an Altar server, you assist the priest and other people at Mass. You also help in the preparation of the sanctuary and sacred vessels before the liturgy and their proper care afterwards. Servers use and care for various items in the liturgy (cross, candles, incense, holy water, etc.). Altar servers assist at Saturday and all Sunday Liturgies. Adult altar servers volunteer at weekday Masses and funerals.

Volunteer Commitment:

  • Be PreparedThat means being prepared mentally, spiritually, and physically. You offer your service as personal sacrifice to God.
  • Slow Down People are usually in a big hurry all the time, but when we are in the church we should be calm and prayerful, which includes how we speak and move around.
  • Stay Focused when you are serving, you need to stay focused on being prayerful. Also do your best to remain silent in the sacristy before Mass.
  • Be a Leader The server is a leader in prayer.
  • Know your Postures - When you sit, walk or stand (not carrying anything), fold your hands so you don't swing your arms.
  • Be on time - Arrive at least 20 minutes before the Mass starts. It is your responsibility to know your schedule and honor your commitment.

Altar serving is special because you are so close to what Jesus is doing. When you serve, you offer yourself to be transformed by God. Your prayerful, attentive example will inspire others to participate more fully in this most important act of worship.  

Please note that all those involved in parish ministries and groups must participate in volunteer screening, and some positions will require police checks.

For more information on volunteer screening visit www.archtoronto.org.

If you are interested in becoming an Altar Server please contact Lucy Sabada at conanan1969@yahoo.com.