Youth altar servers, boys and girls, assist the clergy in the liturgy including weekend Masses, funerals and weddings. This is a wonderful ministry, an act of service that requires our young people to be present and focused, humbly assisting at the altar, and learning and growing in the servant role. Altar Servers are not just showing up and filling a volunteer slot, but are responding to a call from God and offering assistance with the liturgy in gratitude for this special responsibility. By their service, altar servers can mature and grow in grace, and are called to be leaders amongst their peers.
Children are eligible to train as servers at CTK if they are registered and active members of the parish, have received First Communion, and regularly attend Mass. New servers attend 2 hour-long sessions of training in the fall. They then serve as Novices through Easter, before becoming Skilled servers in the spring if they are ready to advance. We have a large number of servers, so the commitment is approximately once every 5 weeks–but there are frequent opportunities to sub for others. Servers in 5th grade and above (and who have been servers for a full year) can elect to train as wedding and funeral servers in the spring of each year. In the 8th grade, servers begin training as Lead servers, a role they assume in high school.
To submit an online application to join the Altar Server ministry, please visit our website at www.ctkaltarservers.org and click “Indicate Interest” to begin the process.
Existing Altar Server Families:
Please log on to your family information page and click “Add Server” to register your new server and sign up for training dates.
The deadline for application is Friday, September 15.
You must apply in advance to attend training. NO WALK INS FOR TRAINING PLEASE. NO EXCEPTIONS. For training, new servers must attend one session of Part I and one session of Part II. This fall’s training dates are scheduled for:
Novice Training Part I
*Parents are required to stay for an information session during Part I*
Wednesday, September 20, 7:00 pm
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 pm
Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am
Novice Training Part II
Wednesday, October 4, 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 7, 9:00 am
Thursday, October 26, 7:00 pm
You can mix and match Wednesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays as needed, but attendance at both sessions is necessary.
Please go directly to the website to apply for the Altar Server ministry and register for training dates.
To view the existing schedule and additional information, CLICK HERE.
Roxanne Gross is the administrator for Youth Altar Servers and can be contacted at email@example.com