Altar Servers and the Guild of St Stephen

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. 

Both boys and girls can become Altar Servers, however, only those who have received their First Holy Communion can join the Guild of St Stephen as Altar Servers. Our Altar Servers' ages range from 8 to young adults and they enrich our parish with their outstanding service.

Our former parish priest, Father Keith Stoakes is the Diocesan Director of the Guild of St Stephen, the organisation that supports Altar Servers throughout the country and Gillian is our parish representative. There is a rich tradition of altar serving in our parish and we currently have around 60 Altar Servers enjoying their ministry here. Around a dozen of them help serve during our 11am Sunday masses.

We also have a team of M.C.'s (Master of Ceremonies) who assist our priests by organising, leading and training servers in individual roles for the major services of the Church's year.

St. Stephen's Day (26th December) is the Guild's Patronal Feast when Altar Servers celebrate and receive their awards/medals for their special and faithful service. 


If you'd like to receive further information regarding becoming an Altar Server at Our Lady of Fatima please contact the presbytery (parish office).


Note to Our Lady of Fatima Altar Servers:  A hard copy of the latest rota can be collected from the Sacristy. Plus scheduled Servers to be in the Sacristy and vested 15 minutes before Mass starts - this gives time for updating on changes and newer servers to 'rehearse' and prepare for their role.