#03. Altar Server Awards
Altar servers play an important role in the Mass—but their contributions are sometimes overlooked.
Providing awards to altar servers in recognition of their dedication has become a popular activity in dioceses throughout North America.
There are numerous ways to recognize altar servers. Ceremonies can be held in individual parishes, or on a wider basis in which all honorees from across a diocese are honored at one time. Irrespective of the level of recognition chosen, the effort of a parish or diocese to take the time to recognize altar servers and their contributions can be a very positive—and much appreciated—gesture.
- Altar servers play an important role at Mass
- Recognizing them for their dedication and service to the Church has become a popular activity
- Numerous avenues for recognizing them
- Honors can be given…
- On an individual parish basis
- Via a large ceremony encompassing all honorees from around the diocese
- Can be a very positive and much appreciated gesture
- Coordination of awards event: date, time, place, refreshments if desired, etc.
- Support on day of event: ushering, handing out programs, serving, etc.
Program History, Development, and Additional Resources
Over the years, recognizing altar servers for their dedication and service to the Church has become a popular activity in dioceses throughout North America.
Altar servers play an important role in the Mass; however, their contributions are, sometimes overlooked. Young men and women take time out of their busy school and extracurricular schedules to dedicate themselves to the Church in a special way; they serve at morning, midday, and evening Masses; they perform a task that is essential to the liturgy.
There are numerous ways to recognize altar servers. These can range from pizza parties to somewhat elaborate awards ceremonies to Masses in honor of award winners—and more. Irrespective of the level of recognition chosen, the effort of a parish or diocese to take the time to recognize altar servers and their contributions can be a very positive—and much appreciated—gesture.
The awards themselves are often given out by a priest at an individual parish; it is also common for a bishop to preside at a large awards ceremony where all the honorees from all the parishes of his diocese are gathered for recognition.
Resources from Vianney Vocations
This is a sample letter from a Serra Club to parishes inviting them to participate in an altar server awards Mass and ceremony. You may tailor it to your needs.