Called to be young friends of Jesus
"You are servants of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest." - JPII
Some years ago, Pope Saint John Paul II spoke with a group of Altar Servers gathered in Rome. He told them, “The altar server has a privileged place in liturgical celebrations. Those who serve at Mass present themselves to a community. They experience from close at hand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgy. Therefore, in the liturgy, you are far more than mere ‘helpers’ of the parish priest. You are servants of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest. Thus, you altar servers are called to be young friends of Jesus. Strive to deepen and foster this friendship with him. You will discover that in Jesus you have found a true friend for life.”
Because there are both the “public” and “sacred” dimensions of serving at the altar, special training is required. Fully initiated adults (those who are baptized, confirmed and who have received the Eucharist) and children in the fourth grade and above (who have been baptized, celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation and have received the Eucharist), are invited to become Servers. The schedule of servers is published on a monthly basis.
Questions or Inquiries
Contact Carole Gauronskas at (904) 824-1272 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.