RESTRUCTURING OF THE ALTAR SERVER PROGRAM

 

Servers would be grouped into four groups:

 

(1) ROOKIE

 

Servers, no matter what age, would enter the program as a Rookie for the first year (unless of prior experience)

        Have to attend 2-3 training sessions in their first year.

        Required to take a test after being in the program for 6 months for a review

        Required to take a test after being in the program for 12 months to advance to Altar Server

        TEST-The 6 month test and the 12 month test would be oral examinations, administered by either the priest/deacon/director of altar servers that would have the servers identify the following sacramental items by name and use on the altar

o       Saramentary

o       Lectionary

o       Sacristy

o       Vestments

o       Altar / Altar Cloth

o       Purificator

o       Corporal

o       Chalice

o       Paten

o       Ciborium

o       Tabernacle

o       Ambo

o       Credence Table

o       Bells

o       Paschal Candle

o       Processional Cross

o       Cruets

o       Finger Bowl

o       Thurible

o       Boat

o       Aspergillum

 

(2) ALTAR SERVER

 

Servers who have passed the oral examination, and have been approved by the priest/director of altar servers would be promoted in the program to Altar Server

        Servers for about 1-5 years, and met the minimum qualifications for this level

        Required to attend 2 training sessions a year to maintain their status.

        Receive a pin or wooden cross, which would be worn when they serve.

        TEST-A test will be administered every 12 months to illustrate the following:

o       Demonstrate knowledge of all items from previous level

o       Demonstrate how to light and extinguish candles properly

o       Demonstrate how to set the altar correctly for Eucharistic celebration

o       Demonstrate when to bring the wine glasses and purificators to the altar

o       Demonstrate when to bring the cruet of water for wine intinction

o       Demonstrate when to ring bells at the consecration

o       Demonstrate posture and placement of hands while serving

o       Demonstrate the appropriate responses said by the congregation in mass

o       Demonstrate the appropriate attire and colors of the liturgical calendar

 

(3) ACOLYTE

 

Servers who have passed the oral examination, and have been approved by the priest/director of altar servers would be promoted in the program to Altar Server

        Servers for a minimum of 3 years, and met the minimum qualifications for this level.

        Required to attend a minimum of 1 training sessions to maintain their status

        Use of cassock and surplice, along with the cross that is given to the acolyte. Assist in the training of Rookies and Altar Servers; as well as serve at the special masses (1st Communion, Confirmation, Easter, Christmas, Special Visits from the Bishops/Archbishop)

        TEST-A test will be administered every 12 months to illustrate the following:

o       Demonstrate knowledge of all items from Rookie and Altar Server Tests

o       Demonstrate ability to follow the sequence of the mass

         Liturgy of the Word

         Liturgy of the Eucharist

o       Demonstrate ability to recite various parts of mass by heart

o       Demonstrate, through past experience, the ability to perform well in the program and excel

 

(4) SENIOR ACOLYTE

 

Only Acolytes that have demonstrated that ability to move into a leadership role will excel into this role. Servers in this level will understand and have the knowledge of the various parts of the mass, and be able to assist the priest on the altar by anticipating the needs of the altar. They will also have the ability to help their fellow servers in a mentor status.

        They would be awarded metal crosses, in front of the congregation, to be recognized for their work and dedication, which would display their status.

        Granted a scholarship when they graduate from high school.

        Attend at least two sessions a year, and train the Rookie and Altar Servers

        Use of cassock and surplice, along a special cross that is given to the server.

        serve at the special masses (1st Communion, Confirmation, Easter, Christmas, Special Visits from the Bishops/Archbishop)