Church
of the
Good Shepherd
NAME OF SERVICE: Altar Servers

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE:

Altar servers assist the priest during Holy Mass. Through helping the priest, the altar servers assist the congregation to enter fully into the sacred liturgy. Altar servers may be of any age or gender but at all times should be reverent and respectful in carrying out their duties.

Servers at the Good Shepherd Church are affiliated to the Guild of St Stephen, the patron saint of altar servers. After some initial training and a time as a regular altar server, new servers are enrolled in the Guild with a Guild Medal.

WHERE/WHEN?

Servers assist at Holy Mass on Saturdays and Sundays as well as other occasions when Mass is offered, such as Holy Days of Obligation.

HOW CAN I BE INVOLVED?

We encourage all candidates who have received their first Holy Communion to discern this ministry and submit their contact details to the parish administration suite. Forms for submitting contact details are available on the parish website or from the administration suite. Appropriate training is provided.

There is an annual formation programme offered by the parish, run by Cheryl Broodryk (contact details below) and supported by Deacon John Wakeling and our senior altar server, Adriano Staiano. The programme involves attendance at sessions from 5-7pm on Fridays once a month in the parish hall. Light refreshments and games are provided in the first hour of each session (5-6pm) followed by instruction and discussion about the role of altar servers in supporting the priest at Holy Mass. All altar servers are encouraged to attend the formation programme to further their understanding and growth in the Catholic Faith. Weekly attendance at Holy Mass is required, with regular serving.

HOW CAN I GET HELP FROM THE SERVICE?

Serving during Holy Mass is a great privilege. It is a gift to the server and not an obligation. Servers will see and learn things about the Holy Mass that others may never encounter and experience. Tremendous graces are received, as servers actively participate in growing in their personal relationship with God, communication and team work flourish and they grow in confidence.

CONTACT DETAILS:

Cheryl Broodryk on cheryl08@virginmedia.com
or Fr Philipp Ziomek or the parish administration suite (0115 9268288)

Altar Servers Contact Details

Altar Servers Christmas 2019
3 Thackeray's Lane, Woodthorpe, Nottingham, NG5 4HT. Tel: (0115) 926 8288