It is an extreme privilege to kneel and serve so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity, at the moment of the consecration. Altar Servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to serve in a more intimate way during the Holy Mass.
An Altar Server at Saint Frances Cabrini can be either a male or female member of the community who assists the priest and deacon during the Eucharist and other liturgical ceremonies so that the liturgy can be conducted with grace and reverence. Altar Servers should be active and full participants in the celebration with the understanding that they are leaders in the community. The Altar Server models the activity of the community and by singing, praying and keeping silence can enhance the worship of the community. In order to serve at the altar of Saint Frances, you must have received first confession, Holy Communion and completed the training class for Altar Servers.
The primary duty of the altar servers is to assist the priests and deacons during Mass. An Altar Server has a solemn responsibility to do the assigned duties with attention, dignity and reverence. As an Altar Server, you are seen by all of the parishioners and the way you conduct yourself is very important. During the training class, the Altar Servers are taught the principal prayers of the Mass and why they are performing certain actions at specific times within the service. All of the actions of the Altar Server are woven from signs and symbols whose meaning is rooted in the works of creation and in human culture, specified by events in the Old Testament and fully revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is very important that all servers perform their assigned tasks in the prescribed form and manner.