Altar Servers

The purpose of the Altar Server Program is three-fold. First, it will clearly define Altar Server responsibilities and levels. Second, it defines the priest’s expectations regarding Altar Server conduct while serving at the altar. Lastly, it provides an opportunity for St. Patrick youth to better understand the Mass and different elements of the Church environment. Children who are in the 2nd grade and up and who have received First Holy Communion are eligible. Altar Server Training Sessions are listed the bulletin and on the Parish Calendar. The training will take approximately one hour.

Parents who would like their children to serve at the altar may contact: Alex Valentine at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Altar Servers’ Prayer

Loving Father, creator of the universe, you call your people to worship, to be with you and one another at Mass. I thank you for having called me to assist others in their prayer to you. May I be worthy of the trust placed in me and through my example and service bring others closer to you. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

Saint John Berchmans, Patron Saint of Altar Servers

The eldest son of a shoemaker, John was born at Diest, Brabant (Belgium). As a boy, he wanted to be a priest, and when thirteen became a servant in the household of one of the Cathedral canons at Malines, John Froymont. In 1615, he entered the newly founded Jesuit College at Malines, and the following year became a Jesuit novice. He was sent to Rome in 1618 to continue his studies, and was known for his diligence and piety, impressing all with his holiness and stress on perfection in little things. He died there on August 13. Many miracles were attributed to him after his death, and he was canonized in 1888. He is the patron of altar servers. His feast day is November 26.