Altar Servers

 
 

Children and adults are welcome to serve at Mass once they have made their first Holy Communion, and providing that they are willing to commit to serving regularly, especially when they are needed.

 

Altar Serving in the Adur Valley

 

Servers at St Peter’s, Shoreham

St Peter’s Servers may be invited to join the local chapter of the Archconfraternity of St Stephen once they have served diligently for a minimum of two years.

Servers at the 9.00 Mass work under the leadership of Cuthbert Chong (just about visible in the top left of the photograph above). They are expected to learn how to learn to serve a Mass with all the ceremonies; this Mass has incense and torches on the greater Sundays of the year, and sometimes at other times.

Servers at the 6.00 Mass work under the leadership of Miles Leeson, and must learn, in addition to the ceremonies of Mass, how to serve Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Both teams combine for the larger community events, such as Holy Week, and the annual Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.

The servers now wear rather smarter cassocks and cottas in order to serve Mass.

Servers at Christ the King, Steyning

Servers at the 11.00 Mass work under the leadership of Michael Mercer (in the photograph above, on the right). They are expected to learn how to learn to serve a Mass with all the ceremonies; this Mass has incense and torches whenever the number of servers is sufficient.

There are currently vacancies for some more servers at this Mass.

Servers at The Towers

This Vigil Mass for Sunday is straightforward from the serving point of view, and very rarely (if ever) has more than basic ceremonial.

If you would like to serve at this Mass, please have a word with Fr Seán or Deacon Richard.

Enrolment in the Guild of St Stephen for Altar Servers


Priest:Will you promise to keep the rules of the Guild of St Stephen?

Servers:I will so promise.

Priest:Will you promise to do your best to serve regularly, particularly when you are needed?

Servers:I will so promise.

Priest:Will you promise to serve with reverence and greater understanding of what you are doing?

Servers:I will so promise.


The servers who are to be enrolled now make their solemn promise together.

Servers:I offer myself to God Almighty, to Blessed Mary, our Mother, and to our holy Patron, St Stephen, and I promise to do my best to serve regularly, with reverence and understanding, for the glory of God, the service of his Church, and my own eternal salvation.