Altar Server


The altar server assists the members of the liturgical assembly by presenting or arranging vessels and other items used in the celebrations. Their reverent and efficient service enables other ministers to attend to their own roles while the liturgical actions unfold, with calm, order and appropriate decorum. As members of the assembly who are often visible to all, the altar servers also model good liturgical participation

Mandatory Activities/Responsibilities

  • Assists with the preparation of the sanctuary and sacred vessels before the liturgy and proper care afterward
  • Carries and or presents various items used in the rite (cross, candles, incense, sacramentary etc.)
  • Prepares altar or assists the deacon in doing so before the presentation of the gifts
  • Assists the priest and deacon in receiving the gifts at the altar and help to complete the preparation rite
  • Assists the priest and deacon with books and other altar accessories as needed and responds to special circumstances that may arise during the rite
  • Performs special tasks with dignity and otherwise participates fully as an exemplary member of the assembly
  • Exhibits responsibility by serving when scheduled and taking part in rehearsals

Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • Is a baptized member of the Catholic Church and is already a participant in Eucharistic communion
  • A youth or adult who has the necessary skills and sufficient maturity to serve the liturgical assembly in the way outlined in this position description
  • Has learned to participate fully as a member of the liturgical assembly
  • Has participated in training sessions that (a) includes reflection on the importance of the Church's liturgical celebrations and the meaning of service to the community, (b) reviewed the names and placement of furnishings, vestments, books, vessels etc. and (c) involved rehearsals of the ceremonial procedures of the community

Personal Traits and Qualities

  • Desires to serve the community and to commit time and talents to this ministry
  • Welcomes opportunities to keep growing in understanding and appreciation of the liturgical rites, which they help the community to celebrate
  • Has a spirit of generosity
  • Has sufficient maturity to focus on the liturgy and exercise his or her ministry with proper behaviour and attention

Orientation and Training

  • Standard parish orientation program

Participant Group

Other altar servers, the priests, deacons. liturgical ministers, lectors and other parishioners

Support, Supervision and Evaluation

  • The Altar Server coordinator is the first level of support, supervision and evaluation
  • The parish priests and deacons also exercise this role in their work with altar servers

Length of Ministry Appointment

  • Two year renewable term

Benefits and Working Conditions

  • Will directly contribute to the liturgical experience at the parish
  • Will develop team working skills and a greater knowledge of the liturgy
  • This is a volunteer position requiring 1-2 hours per week
  • Must be able to attend the orientation session and the training sessions

Screening Measures

  • This is a low risk position
  • Completion of an information form is required
  • Training and orientation are required
  • There will be supervision and periodic evaluations


Parish Office at (416) 489-1540 or email Click Here.