"Dear Altar Servers, you are, in fact, already apostles of Jesus! 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. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the bond of friendship with Jesus. You are very close to Jesus in the Eucharist, and this is the most important sign of his friendship for each one of us. Do not forget it."
-excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Altar Servers, August 2, 2006
Any student in the 5th grade or above may apply for St. Joan of Arc’s altar server training. Training is typically offered in the first semester and is held on Saturday mornings and during school lunch. An altar server’s responsibility includes assisting during Holy Mass, Benediction, and other parish liturgies. A server can also be asked to assist at funeral and wedding Masses.
The qualifications are:
-Servers' families must be registered members of St. Joan of Arc Parish
- Servers must actively practice the Catholic faith with attending Mass on Sundays and Holy days of obligation and should regularly receive Communion.
- Servers must have completed fourth grade.
- Servers should be currently participating in a program of Faith Formation, either through PREP, or through attendance at a Catholic school.
-Servers must fill out an application form that is signed by the student’s guardians.