Requirements for Altar Servers Candidates
We will always welcome any youngster who volunteers to serve at the altar.
We normally have practice sessions following First Communion each year but do feel free to volunteer at any time of the year and you will receive training.
Normally, training will be :
  • At St. Teresa's: after school
  • At St. Mary Magdalen's: after the Saturday or Sunday Masses
  • At St. Oswald's: by arrangement

Candidates should fulfil the following requirements:
  • A strong desire to serve at the Altar of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
  • Be an active member of the parish community and believe in the teachings of The Holy Catholic Church
  • Have already made their First Holy Communion.
  • Know all the prayers of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass from memory.
  • Know how to properly genuflect.
  • Know how to make the sign of the Cross.
  • Know how to receive Holy Communion in the approved manner.
Can I Become An Altar Server?
If you would like to be considered for this ministry please speak to: Fr. Philip.

Who is the patron saint of altar servers?
Saint John Berchmans (Dutch: Jan Berchmans) (13 March 1599–13 August 1621) was a Jesuit scholastic and is a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. He is the patron saint of altar servers

Aims and Requirements
  • Refrain from wearing trainers, high-heels or flip-flops.
  • If you have long hair, tie it back or wear it in a ponytail so that it does not get caught in anything.
  • In some churches, altar servers often carry candles, so by not tying back your hair, you could risk it catching fire.
Altar Server Prayer (Before Mass)

Oh Jesus, my King and Lord,
by the grace of the heavenly Father
and the power of the Holy Spirit,
guide me in all righteousness
as I serve You today at the Altar
so I may be always worthy of Your presence.
If I happen to make an error,
may it be a lesson
so my service will be perfect tomorrow.
Jesus, I love you with all my heart.
Amen.