Altar Servers offer service to God and the community by assisting the priest during mass.

Coordinator: Deacon John Fanelle


This ministry of assistance at the Holy Altar of the Lord is open to young men and women ages 10-18 (grades 5-12). Altar Servers must obtain parental permission and agree to comply with a dress code when serving. Altar Servers are assigned to assist the clergy at Sunday Mass, Holy days, wedding and funeral liturgies. Occasionally Altar Servers have the opportunity to serve the Bishop as miter or staff-bearer.0e5198014_1467049638_15-servers-june-2016

Responsibilities of Altar Servers include:

  • Lighting the altar candles
  • Extinguishing the altar candles
  • Bearing the cross in entrance procession
  • Bearing the candles in entrance procession
  • Assisting with holy water, water, wine and offertory gifts at Mass


Serving at the altar is a big responsibility. The clergy count on your showing up when scheduled. They count on your mature 0e4255328_1432663138_15-2015-servers-1attitude while serving. They expect you to be dressed neatly and to arrive early. They appreciate a reverent attitude in all that you do.

If you feel that you would like to serve the Church by being an Altar Server, please contact altarserver@stocsd.org.

Please click to download Ministry Introduction and Altar Servers’ Guidelines:

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Altar Servers Roles Details