Altar Servers

The Altar Serving Ministry

Altar Servers are very important dedicated members of our parish. They assist and help serve our priests during all our masses and other celebration services by preparing the altar and making sure that everything required for a mass is carried and put in place. As well as this, they lead processions during mass, guide parishioners as and when to stand, sit and kneel and can be asked to do readings. 

Our Altar Servers' ages range from 8 to young adults and they enrich our parish with their outstanding service.

Serving at White City

There are approximately 70 young men and women who serve at the Altar of our Lord in White City. 

The altar serving ministry is currently coordinated 
by Andrew Kelly, who joined the team in February 2018 and was inducted into the Guild of St Stephen in December 2018. Our head server (the "MC") is Isaac Owusu-Cobbiah, an extremely experienced server who we are blessed to have remain with us whilst he is undertaking a degree at Brunel University. Isaac is supported by four deputy MC's who assist at our Masses throughout the week, as well as being able to count on the many servers who have multiple years of experience between them.

Applying to become an Altar Server

Applications to become a server can be submitted at any time of the year, but there is typically one main recruitment drive in June/July once the First Holy Communion Masses are completed. The training begins after the summer holidays in September. These new servers receive their wooden cross around December/January, as mark of their probationary status.

A prospective Altar Server:
  • Must have completed their First Holy Communion;
  • May be a boy or a girl;
  • Must have a dedication to serve at the Altar.
Application forms can be found at the back of the Church, and can be handed in to the parish office once they are completed. They can also be handed to Fr Richard or to Andrew Kelly. An electronic form is also available: 

Further information on administration, rota, guidelines etc. will be made available during the introductory information sessions, but if you have any questions please either contact us at the parish email or speak to Andrew Kelly/Fr. Richard after Mass.

Altar Server rota

The rota is emailed to all parents and servers on a two-monthly basis. A hard copy can also be collected from the Sacristy. If you have not received your rota or there is an error, please contact Andrew Kelly at the parish email, or in person after Mass.

Guild of St Stephen

The Guild of St Stephen is an international association of Altar Servers that was founded in 1904 by Father Hamilton MacDonald in what is now the chapel of Sacred Heart Secondary School in Hammersmith. The guild aims are:
  • To encourage, positively and practically, the highest standards of serving at the Church's liturgy and so contribute to the whole community's participation in a more fruitful worship of God. 
  • To provide altar servers with a greater understanding of what they are doing so that they may serve with increasing reverence and prayerfulness and thereby be led to a deepening response to their vocation in life. 
  • To unite servers of different parishes and dioceses for their mutual support and encouragement.
We are blessed in our Parish to have a rich history of membership and cooperation with the Guild of St Stephen. Our former parish priest, Father Keith Stoakes is the Diocesan Director of the Guild of St Stephen, and the former Altar Server coordinator Gillian McLaughlin was our parish representative, and continues to work as their Goods Manager. 

All Altar Servers who have served for more than 1 year, and have proven themselves to be capable servers, are inducted into the Guild of St Stephen and wear the distinctive bronze medal. The Guild also recognises servers who have been enrolled for 10 years receive their silver medals.