MASS ALTAR SERVER
MINISTRY LEAD: Candas Konop, 715-577-9597
MISSION: Exerpt from Letter to European Pilgrimage of Altar Serves from Pope Benedict: Dear Altar Servers, you are, in fact, already apostles of Jesus! 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.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the bond of friendship with Jesus. You are very close to Jesus in the Eucharist, and this is the most important sign of his friendship for each one of us. Do not forget it.
This is why I am asking you not to take this gift for granted so that it does not become a sort of habit, knowing how it works and doing it automatically; rather, discover every day anew that something important happens, that the living God is among us and that you can be close to him and help him so that his mystery is celebrated and reaches people.
If you do not give into habit, if you put your innermost self into carrying out your service, then you will truly be his apostles and bear fruits of goodness and service in every context of your life: in the family, at school, in your free time.
INFORMATION FOR THIS MINISTRY: As an Altar Server, you serve the priest. You watch for cues from the Priest when they require your assistance. You also participate in the prayers and songs of Mass. Be early when you are scheduled – at least 15 minutes – to allow time to get dressed, light candles, and receive any special instructions from the Priest. Training is provided for new Servers by either Fr. Justin or Candas.
· Encourage your children to serve – grades 4 – 10
· Keep your commitments
If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Candas Konop @715-577-9597. Thanks in advance for your generous support to this ministry.