This page is designed to provide to the altar servers of St. Margaret Mary Parish the information they require to perform their ministry in both a competent and confident manner.
The primary role of the altar server is to assist the priest in the celebration of the liturgy of the Mass. This is done through specific actions and by setting an example to the congregation by active participation in the liturgy by their actions, singing of hymns, responses of the people, looking alert and sitting or standing at the appropriate times.
Servers carry the cross and the processional candles, hold the book for the priest when he is not at the altar, carry the incense and thurible, present the bread, wine, and water to the priest or deacon during the preparation of the gifts or assist him when he receives the gifts from the people, washes the hands of the priest, and assists the priest and deacon as necessary.
Altar servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to participate in an intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is an extreme privilege to kneel so close to the altar as our loving Savior, Jesus Christ, becomes truly present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity upon the altar.