Serving at the table of the Lord is an important and wonderful way that young people can assist in the Eucharist — the source of our life as Christians. When done with reverence, respect, and attention, as the Pope suggests in the quote below, this can be a wonderful service to our faith community and indeed an act of love that draws the server closer to God.
“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.”
— Pope Benedict XVI addressing altar servers on August 2, 2006
Altar Serving at St. Charles is open to boys and girls, beginning at 4th grade, who belong to the parish. New servers are trained before serving, and are assigned to serve with experienced servers for at least their first year. The altar serving schedule is compiled every three months, and is sent to all servers via e-mail . In most cases, servers will serve 4-6 masses during each three-month period. Servers may serve well into their high school years and are encouraged to continue serving for as long as possible. Here at St. Charles, we strongly believe that it is a great honor to be an Altar Server, and we enthusiastically encourage all young people of our Parish to become involved in this very important ministry.
If interested in becoming an altar server, or if you would like more information, please contact Dave Steklenski or the Parish Office.