Altar Servers are part of a very ancient tradition in the liturgical life of the church. Within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in accord with permission given by the Holy See, both men and women, some younger some older, may function as servers of Word and Sacrament.
Servers carry the cross and the processional candles. They hold the book for the priest celebrant when he is not at the altar. They carry the incense and censer and present the bread and wine along with the water to the priest during the preparation of the gifts from the people. Servers wash the hands of the priest and deacon as necessary.
In the absence of a sacristan, the servers may prepare the altar and sacred vessels before Mass. Qualifi cations include receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist. You must be at least in fi fth grade. Candidates must complete the server's training, and be tested before being inducted as an Altar server.
Meetings are held once a month and are mandatory training is held every second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 PM and every second Saturday of the month at 9:00 AM.
Children interested in becoming Altar servers can pick up an application from the church office. Complete the application, sign it, have a parent or guardian sign it, and return the form to the church office.