To be in ministry is to serve the Lord and His people --- it is a privilege, not a right! Being a server means serving God and the people at Mass. That is what makes serving Mass worth doing, and worth doing well.
Part of ministry is to help “set the pace” for all who take part in the Mass. What you do there and how you do it can help other people to understand the Mass better and make their love for God stronger. As a server, you must be involved in the Mass so that other people will become involved also. At Mass, our actions and appearance show that we are proud to serve.
A. All servers are expected to be at the Church at least 15 minutes before Mass begins.
B. All servers are expected to fulfill their obligation to serve at their assigned times.
C. All servers are to sign in when they serve.
D. All servers are expected to find their own replacement at Mass if they cannot make it for whatever reason.
E. All servers are expected to wear appropriate clothes at the weekend Masses i.e. shirt, sweater, slacks, dress shoes. Sweatpants, sneakers and flip-flops are not considered appropriate. You must also have clean hands, face and hair. Female altar servers with long hair must tie back their hair.
F. All servers are expected to hang up their vestments after Mass.
G. All servers are expected to pay attention to the presider at all times. The presider may require your assistance at any point during the Mass and you need to be able to respond immediately.
H. All servers are invited to serve at funerals and weddings on request.
I. All servers are expected participate during Mass. You should know and say the appropriate responses throughout the Mass and also participate in the singing.