Parish Altar Server Coordinator Training
Junior Altar Servers
The Altar Ministers special ministry is to take part in the procession to and from the sanctuary and assist in areas pertaining to the altar and ambo allocated to them.
They assist with the smooth flow of the liturgical rite, enhancing the spirit of worship and prayer.
Altar Ministers enable the priest and the congregation to celebrate the Eucharist in a worthy manner.
In the Archdiocese of Perth those who can be Junior Altar Ministers are to be baptised Catholics seven years or older, male or female.
Senior Altar Ministers
Senior Altar Ministers are 18 years old or older. Men and women may serve.
They may assist with the distribution of Communion if they are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
They may assist with the distribution of Communion as an ad-hoc Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, if needed.
In the absence of an Acolyte for a particular liturgical celebration a Senior Server does all that is required to facilitate the dignity of the celebration under the supervision of the parish priest or chaplain.
Training and Formation
Altar Ministers play a very visible part in parish liturgy. Junior Altar Minister training and ongoing formation programs take place at parish level. Training of Senior Altar Ministers is currently conducted by the Centre for Liturgy. Where this is not possible, alternative arrangements have to be made with the Centre for Liturgy.
In keeping with the special dignity of this ministry of service within the sanctuary, opportunities for continuing education, reflection and renewal need to be provided by the parish.
Guidelines for Acolytes, Altar Ministers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
These guidelines are offered as the fruit of the experience of the Perth Church in regard to the development of the ministries of Altar Ministers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and Acolytes
Parish Altar Minister Coordinator Training Workshop
The Centre for Liturgy offers training for Parish Altar Minister Coordinators based on the GIRM and the Archdiocese of Perth guidelines.