ST. POPE JOHN PAUL II ALTAR BOY & VOCATIONS PROGRAM
In the 2004 Instruction on Matters Regarding the Sacred Eucharist (Redemptionis Sacramentum), The Congregation for Divine Worship under the leadership of St. Pope John Paul II and Francis Cardinal Arinze wrote that, “It is altogether laudable to maintain the noble custom by which boys, customarily termed servers, provide service of the altar after the manner of acolytes, and receive catechesis regarding their function in accordance with their power of comprehension. Nor should it be forgotten that a great number of sacred ministers over the course of the centuries have come from among boys such as these. Associations for them, including also the participation and assistance of their parents, should be established or promoted, and in such a way greater pastoral care will be provided for the ministers” .
Under the guidance by the Congregation for Divine Worship and through the intercession of St. Pope John Paul II the Pax Christi altar server program is structured in such a way as to allow boys and young men to serve more closely at the altar and discern their vocations. For it is in the silence of serving at the temple that God speaks to the heart. (1 Samuel ch. 3).
St. Pope John Paul II Altar Boy and Vocations Program
The Pax Christi St. Pope John Paul II Altar Boy and Vocations program is open to all boys and young men who with their parent(s) have signed and completed the application documents. The applications will be reviewed by our head Master of Ceremonies for entrance into the program.
Males in program wear the black cassock (clerical dress) with various white surplices depending on their rank in the program./
1) St. John Berchmans Servers is the first rank in the vocations program and wear the black cassock with a plain white surplice. St. John Berchmans Servers will be taught to:
Carry processional candles (if able)
Carry the processional crucifix (if able)
Hold the Missal (if able)
Assist at the altar with cruets, the lavabo bowl, and setting up the altar for the Eucharist
Carry holy water for Asperges blessings
2) St. Tarsisius Servers is the second rank and they wear the black cassock with a white surplice with black banding. St. Tarsisius Servers in addition to the responsibilities above will be taught to:
Ring bells at Mass
Use a thurible
3) St. Martin of Tours Servers wear the black cassock with a white surplice with red banding. St. Martin of Tours Servers in addition to the responsibilities listed above will be taught to:
Serve for weddings and funerals
Serve at Masses with the bishop
Train 1 & 2 rank Vocations Program Servers.
4) The highest and last rank in the program is the St. Louis King of France Servers. St. Louis King of France Servers wear the black cassock with a white surplice with gold banding. Acolyte Servers will be taught to:
Serve as MCs (Masters of Ceremony) at Mass
Train level 1,2 & 3 servers
Serve at Benediction and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament