An altar server is a lay assistant to a member of the clergy during a Christian liturgy. An altar server attends to supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching and carrying, ringing the altar bell, among other things. Altar Servers, more commonly known as altar boys, are children or teenagers who assist a priest during Mass. Their name comes from the Latin word “ministrare” which means ‘’to serve’’. Their role is recognized by the Conciliar Constitution as an integral part of the liturgic office, and as such demands conduct and behavior from those who serve that is in keeping with it.
Altar Servers must follow the example of Jesus, who did not hesitate to place himself at the whole of humanity’s service, and even sacrificed himself. Not only during services, but also throughout everyday life, Altar Servers must live by following His example of love, generosity, commitment and precision. Altar Servers are Jesus’ ‘friends’, usually young people full of enthusiasm and willingness to take part in the activities of the Church by offering their contributions of love and devotion.
Altar servers are a vital part of the liturgical ministry. They are vital because altar servers perform not just a functional role but a symbolic role and symbolism is the language of worship.
Bugembe Altar Servers Association
The Association brings together all Altar Servers at Bugembe Parish. The team has almost 30 members with 5 elders above 18 years and majority below 18 years. There is always a big number during the Holiday Season.
The Association represents the Parish in diocesan activities in relation to the Mass servers’ body of the diocese.
Those who wish to join Altar Servers team can contact the Chairperson.