ABC: Altar Boy Club
Boys who have made their first communion, can become the servants of the priest. Many priests can testify to the great contribution that altar serving has to increasing the desire of becoming a priest. The priest trains them not only at the practical level but more importantly educates them about the meaning of the liturgical action and symbols of mass.
At St. Teresa’s, the main intention is to form a generation of altar servers first and foremost who want to know and love Jesus so as to become true friends of Jesus, faithful to their morning and evening prayer, faithful in participating in the Mass every Sunday among other important conditions.
More than “Helpers of the Parish Priest”
“The altar server occupies a privileged place in the liturgical celebration. He, who serves at Mass, presents himself to a community. He experiences firsthand that Jesus Christ is present and active in every liturgical act. Jesus is present when the community comes together to pray and render praise to God. Jesus is present in the Word of sacred Scripture. Jesus is present above all in the Eucharist under the signs of bread and wine. He acts through the priest who, in the person of Christ, celebrates the holy Mass and administers the sacraments.
Therefore, in the liturgy, you are much more than simple “helpers of the parish priest.” Above all, you are servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal High Priest. Thus, you, altar servers, are called in particular to be young friends of Jesus. Be determined to go deeper and to cultivate this friendship with him. You will discover that in Jesus you have found a true friend for life.”