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St Mary's Roman Catholic Church Preston Park Brighton UK

Altar Servers

Connect: Altar Servers

What are Altar Servers?

An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a Christian liturgy. An altar server attends to supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching and carrying, ringing the altar bell, helps bring up the gifts, brings up the book, among other things.


Who can be an Altar Server?

Anyone who has received their first Holy Communion is welcome to become an altar server in our parish, so what is involved? Everything we do as a server should enable everyone in church to raise their minds and hearts to God. Altar Servers learn not just how to serve but also the meaning behind the actions of the Mass and so gain a deep understanding of the holy sacrifice. 


What is required?
New servers are invited in September each year and receive in depth training until Easter when they join the group. Once competent, servers are invited to join the Guild of Saint Stephen, the international organisation for Altar Servers. In joining the Guild servers make solemn promises to serve with care, reverence and understanding, particularly when they are needed, and to pray daily the Guild Prayer. Having made their promise servers are invested with the Guild’s bronze medal. After 10 years in the Guild servers who have shown significant involvement may be awarded a silver medal and after 50 years, a gold medal.


How do I get involved?
Our altar servers hold formation and training meetings on Mondays once a month.
They also have social days out and go on trips.

If you would like to know more about serving please talk to one of the senior servers in the sacristy or email our Parish office.

Connect: Seniors Club

Join us on Saturdays for Silver Club - a welcoming atmosphere for those young at heart to have a good old catch up over tea/coffee. 

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