St. Peter Church is proud to continue the time-honored tradition of having boys serve at the Mass. Through service at the Mass, these boys grow in a knowledge of their faith, develop friendships with fellow boys, and deepen their vocational discernment through regular contact with the Mass and priests.
Boys may serve as altar boys when they have completed their training, usually offered twice or three times a year, and if they are in the fifth grade or its equivalent or are older. The boys are trained by Fr. Cook and experienced servers to be thurifers, boat bearers, crucifers, candle bearers, book bearers, torch bearers, and even emcees for special liturgies.
Altar boys are encouraged to continue to serve beyond grade school and into the high school years. Boys who receive the esteemed Serra Altar Server Award in the spring of every year or who enter the ninth grade receive the distinct honor of wearing a cassock and surplice; younger boys wear an alb and cincture.
In addition to serving and potentially receiving awards, the altar boys are rewarded for their service with two, free annual outings. The Epiphany party is held near Jan. 6th and includes unlimited bowling, pizza, and prizes at the Immaculate Conception Bowling Alley. The summer outing is hosted by our Knights of Columbus. After morning Mass the boys are bused to Mahoney State Park from St. Peter Church and, under adult supervision, go hiking, climb towers, play sports, swim in the waterpark, and eat plenty of food.
- Contact name: Fr. Cook
- Contact telephone: 402-341-4560, ext. 104
Video: Altar Boy Appreciation Day in 2010
Prayer to St. John Berchmans, Patron Saint of Altar Boys
Dear St. John, you died at a very young age, but in that short time you learned to live an exemplary life as a member of the Society of Jesus. Directed by your Guardian Angel, whom you confidently invoked, you learned to be a most humble server at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Help altar boys imitate you in their service at Eucharistic celebrations as well as in their conduct with others. Amen.