St. John Berchmans Society

Altar Serving


Assistance at the altar by servers represents a long liturgical tradition. These servers enhance the quality of the celebration for the whole gathered assembly by taking part in processions and by ensuring that all items required for the celebration are available at the appropriate moments. (Introduction to the Order of Mass, #22)


Altar Servers are lay girls and boys, who are designated to assist the priest and the deacon at Mass. Ordinarily they are responsible for the cross, the candle. They hold the book for the priest at the chair, assist the priest during the preparation of the gifts, and they wash the hands of the priest. In general, they assist the priest when necessary. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal - GIMR #100)


The St. John Berchmans Altar Service Society is open to parish children in third through eighth grade.

Please contact Cathy Yee at for information.