As Catholics, we recognize that the Eucharist is at the center of our faith. Thus, the sacrifice at the altar is the most important part of the Mass. Our altar servers play an essential role, demonstrating reverence and respect for the liturgy as they serve.
At Ascension, boys and girls ages 7 and up are welcome to serve at the altar. The altar servers are at the church before Mass begins and remain until after Mass.
Mark Rebellon has been involved with this ministry for several years. He’s honored to provide guidance because he recognizes how important it is.
“They can serve at the altar, where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered,” he says. “In the ministry of altar servers, they learn why the Holy Eucharist is important for us by being a good example of how to be one Body of Christ.”
When Mark thinks about this ministry, he thinks of a quote from St. John Paul II: “In the liturgy, you are far more than mere ‘helpers of the parish priest.’ Above all, you are servants of Jesus Christ, the eternal High Priest. Thus, you altar servers especially are called to be young friends of Jesus. Strive to deepen and foster this friendship with Him. You will discover that in Jesus you have found a true friend for life.”
Especially in this time of the Eucharistic Revival, it is essential that our young parishioners come to know and grow closer to Jesus. All those who help with and attend Mass are called to go out and proclaim the Good News.
“When we receive Jesus, we don’t just swallow it, then that’s it,” Mark says. “We must also nurture our lives by attending Holy Mass and proclaiming the Good News of the Risen Lord.”
To celebrate the excellent and important work of our altar servers, the parish hosted an overnight campout for the servers in July. The campout was a great opportunity for the servers to share in fellowship, as well as to thank them for their reverent service in an atmosphere of evangelization mixed with food, fun, activities, and entertainment.
“This event shows that we are one body and spirit in Christ,” Mark says. “As they are the future of the Church that Christ founded, we make them feel that we are one body in Christ united with our Lord.”
Mark believes this was a good start to help altar servers make lifelong friendships with their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Consider having your child or young adult become involved in this important ministry — the youth serve right alongside our priests and deacons for the most important part of the Mass. They also serve as a valuable example for the rest of us, demonstrating the reverence we should show at Mass.
“In the liturgy, they are to be good examples of promoting active, conscious, and full participation,” Mark says. “Youth should join this ministry to understand the beauty of serving Christ in the Church at an early age, in the celebration of the Eucharist — the highest form of prayer in the Church.”
For more information, contact Mark Rebellon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-209-9027.