Altar Servers Ministry



Point of Contact:  Please contact  the Parish Office, 973-992-9490

Charter/Mission“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.

Members of the St. Raphael Altar Server Ministry have the following mission:

  • To provide families (parents and children (boys and girls) with the opportunity to learn more about their faith and to begin a foundation of stewardship by serving at Mass.
  • Through the servers’ witness, they represent the congregation during the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • To enhance the servers understanding of liturgy and services to the faith community.
  • To instill in them a life-long desire and commitment of service to the Church and people in need.
  • To assist parents in helping the boys and girls develop a sense of responsibility, dependability and accountability in commitments they make to serve.

What does our Ministry need today?

  • We are now recruiting new Altar Servers for St. Raphael Church. Parish members from 6th grade through adult and  who have received First Holy Communion are eligible. Training and mentoring will be provided.
  • We would love to enlist families to serve together as a unit throughout the Mass, performing the roles of Altar Servers and Lectors.

Skills and Interests of Members :

  • A desire to serve at the Altar of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.
  • Have a sense of the spirit of the liturgy and be trained to perform their functions in a correct and orderly manner.
  • Anticipate what may happen next by paying attention to the priest throughout Mass.

Meeting Times/Assignment Frequency:

  • The goal is to assign a Mass no more than once a month and at the Mass of your choosing. However circumstances may cause the number of assignments to vary.