St. Mel Catholic Church | Fair Oaks, California

A Parish of the Diocese of Sacramento

Altar Servers

Calling All 5th – 12th Grade Students

(St. Mel School & Public/Home School)

Are you interested in becoming an Altar Server for St. Mel Parish?

Who can be an Altar Server? 

Anyone who...

  • is in 5th – 12th grade
  • has been Baptized
  • Has received their First Holy Communion

You should also be mature enough to understand your responsibilities and carry them out well and with appropriate reverence.

Now is the time to sign up!!

WHAT do I need to do?

Discuss your desire to become an Altar Server with your parent/guardian.  Download this letter and form and have your parent/guardian return the completed form to or to the Parish Office.  Training is ongoing througout the year.

WHEN can I start to serve?

You will need to receive some training.  After a few training sessions you will begin serving with more experienced Altar Servers at daily Masses (7am & 8:30am weekdays, or 8:30am Saturdays).  After three daily/Saturday Masses, you will be added to the Sunday Mass Schedule.

WHY should I become an Altar Server?

To be an Altar Server is a special honor and great privilege in the Catholic Church.  As an Altar Server, you have an important role in the celebration of Holy Mass and are an asset to the priests and parish community.  In committing to this ministry, you truly participate in the Eucharist.  You learn the order of the Mass, the aspects of the sanctuary and the various altar vessels used in the Mass.  Through your role as an Altar Server, you contribute to the Body of Christ present in our parish.  This time of service can help form your future vocation, whether you are called to be a priest or religious (this can be a fundamental step in your journey), or called to family life (where you experience service and foster a love of our faith).