Whenever you exchange items with the deacon or priest, also exchange a bow.
Whenever you move from one side of the altar to the other (e.g., when lighting the candles), be sure to stop at the center of the altar and make a slight bow as a sign of reverence.
Never take items directly off of the altar (except the Roman Missal). Items will be handed to you, unless the deacon or priest fails to start this action.
During processionals, walk at a moderate pace.
It is your responsibility to dress appropriately for the role of altar server. You should come to church dressed in a solid, light-colored (preferably white) shirt or blouse (no writing on the garment); solid, dark pants or slacks; and dark shoes (no athletic shoes or sandals) with dark socks or hosiery. Girls may prefer to wear a dress that is a light solid color (or does not have a print that will be distracting under an alb) and dress shoes (no sandals).
It is your responsibility to serve at your scheduled Masses or find your own substitute. Do not call the Altar Server Coordinator or a Mass Coach to do this for you.
Altar servers should check in the sacristy before Mass to make sure there are enough servers. You should volunteer if servers are missing.
All altar servers are expected to attend all training sessions and quarterly meetings. There are no exceptions! Experienced altar servers are needed to help train the newer servers.
If you have any questions about altar server procedures, please contact Matt, Stephanie or Kathy Smith at email@example.com.