KNIGHTS OF THE ALTAR
At an important time in Jesus’ public ministry, he accepted the services of a young boy, who provided five loaves and two fishes for the miracle with which Jesus launched his teaching on the Eucharist. The Sacred Writers do not tell us the name of the boy, but only his act of service.
Similarly, Altar Servers perform a great deed of service. They occupy a special place on the sanctuary, and play a vital role in assisting the priests to ensure that the congregation celebrates the Mass in the most prayerful way possible. The role of the Altar Servers is not just about ensuring that liturgical procedures are done right, but also about helping others encounter Christ through their service.
Altar Servers at St. Mary’s are called Knights of the Altar. In use of the term knight, Servers have a duty to serve with reverence, and to be Christ to others in their daily lives.
Altar Servers are required to attend on-going trainings, annual retreats, and monthly meetings. These help Servers improve on existing skills, as well as learn new skills. On a lighter side of things, events such as camps, barbecue, games, and other sporting activities are organised for the ministry to build the brotherhood and spirituality among the faith community. At parents’ meetings, leaders and priests get to know parents better, obtain feedback, as well as work with parents to build the faith formation of their sons.
To be an Altar Server, you should be 9 years or older, and should have received your first Holy Communion. You should also be willing to serve at Mass timings that may not be convenient for you, and be able to commit to the activities and monthly meetings on every first Sunday of each month from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The ministry welcomes any male Catholic who is able to fulfill these requirements, at any time of the year. If you are interested in our ministry, you are welcome to contact any one us.
|Spiritual Director||Fr Esmond Chua, OFM|