"When you take part in the Liturgy by carrying out your altar service, you offer a witness to all. Your absorption, the devotion that wells up from your heart and is expressed in gestures, in song, in the responses: if you do it correctly and not absent-mindedly, then in a certain way your witness is one that moves people."
-Pope Benedict XVI addressing altar servers on August 2, 2006
WHAT WE DO
Serving at the table of the Lord is an important and wonderful way that people young and old can assist in the Eucharist -- the source and summit of our life as Christians. When done with reverence, respect, and attention, as the Pope suggests, this can be a wonderful service to our faith community and indeed an act of love that draws the server closer to God.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Altar Serving at Saint Joseph is open to boys and girls beginning at 5th grade who belong to the parish. New servers are trained by a priest and returning servers are required to attend a series of "brush-up" sessions during the year. While in the past servers "retired" after 8th grade, experienced servers are now encouraged to continue serving as high schoolers, college students (if in town), and beyond.
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