Altar Servers

Altar servers assist the priest and deacon during Mass. Responsibilities include carrying the cross during the procession, assisting with preparing the altar, and various other important tasks before, during, and after Mass.

We invite all of our young parishioners, entering 5th grade and older to consider becoming an Altar Server for each Mass. High School students are invited to become an MC, or Master of Ceremony, whose job it is to guide the younger altar servers during Mass. Those interested must attend the required training before participating in this ministry.

For St. Patrick Church of Merna, please contact Lindsey Adams at or (309) 662-7361 ext. 230 for more information or to volunteer.

For St. Mary Church in Downs, please contact Deacon Gary Koerner at for more information or to volunteer.