Altar Servers

Altar Server 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

Point of Contact – Deacon Michael or Tom Rossano  –

Call (973) 338-9190 (parish center) or (973) 338-7400 (religious education) – Please leave a message.

Brief Description –  The Altar Servers are a liturgical ministry that serves the altar of God during weekend masses,  but also weekday masses, special liturgies, confirmations, first communions, funerals, weddings and baptisms. See additional information below (training, etc.)

Meeting Dates – Altar Servers are usually scheduled about twice a month for weekend masses.  There is a yearly social gathering for active altar servers.  There is yearly training for new altar server, generally consisting of 3-4 sessions in the church.

How can someone join? – Children is grade 3 or higher and is interested in serving on the altar.  Also parents of servers can help run the group (schedule, training, social gatherings), but will need Protecting God’s Children training.

Re-training for existing servers will be in September 2021 and a relaunch of servers at mass in October 2021.  See the contact information above.  We may need to gradually phase in new altar servers in order to train new servers with COVID-19 socially distance restrictions.

Updated training for COVID-19 protocols

In person training overview

The open link for Altar Server information is located on Google Drive at

Below contains historical information about this ministry.

Altar Server Manual

The Altar Server Manual is available in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats.  Use the links below.

Current Altar Sever Manual in Microsoft Word

Current Altar Sever Manual in PDF

(Before July 2019) Microsoft Word    (Before July 2019) PDF Format

Altar Setup

The altar should be setup like below.  Roman Missal on the left.  Corporal unfolded and centered with the tag face down.  Priest chalice, purificator, pall and cruet on the right.  Click the image for a larger/full screen version.

Altar Setup

Video Training

Walkthrough of the Mass and important vocabulary….in about 10 minutes with these four videos…..

Vocabulary with Pictures.

Walk through with recent changes (After July 2020) and with only one server.

Introductory Rite through the Liturgy of the Word


Liturgy of the Eucharist through the Closing Rite. 


Missed one thing at around 2:55 – the altar server should take the pitcher with wine and cruet with water back to the credence table if someone hasn’t already done it.

Ringing the Bells at Consecration

Folding the Corporal

Older Altar Server Walk Through at Mass (Before 2019), but still useful.

Mass Training – From the Introductory Rite, through the Gospel and Homily to the start of the Creed.

Mass Training – From just after the Homily to the start of communion.

Mass Training – From the End of Communion to the Closing Rite.