Our parish altar servers provide a liturgical ministry for assistance at all parish Masses. Generally, after boys receive their First Holy Communion, they become eligible to be trained as altar servers. The men of the parish are also encouraged to be trained to serve at the Holy Altar of God. The parish, preserving the tradition of men and boys serving at the altar, hopes to foster many vocations to the Catholic priesthood.
Thanks to the blessing of His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen was established at St. John Cantius in 2009 to foster the vocation of ministering at the altar.
The aims of the Archconfraternity are
1) To encourage, positively and practically, the highest standards of serving at the Church’s liturgy and so contribute to the whole community’s participation in a more fruitful worship of God;
2) To provide altar servers with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness and thereby be led to a deepening response to their vocation in life;
3) To unite servers of different parishes and dioceses for their mutual support and encouragement.
Servers, please arrive in the sacristy no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the Mass. Find a substitute if you are unable to serve on an assigned date. Hang the cassocks and surplices neatly after using them.
Contact Br. Juan Garcia, SJC for more information.