Holy Cross Catholic Church Whitwick

Altar servers


We have a long tradition at Holy Cross for having a large number of Altar Servers to assist with our devotions. These servers cover a wide age range and perform a wide range of duties to assist the priest before, during and after mass. We positively encourage potential new servers to come forward and join in this most rewarding of ministries.

Our  attachement to the Archconfraternity of St Stephen is an fundamental part of the way altar service is provided.



The Guild of St Stephen is an International Organisation of Altar Servers founded in England in 1904 by Father Hamilton McDonald when he formed a Society of Altar Servers at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in London. In 1905, Pope Pius X gave his approbation to the Canonical establishment of the Guild at Westminster Cathedral and in 1906, the Sacred Congregation of Rites made the Guild an Archconfraternity prima primaria enabling all the parish branches to be linked with it. The Guild spread, and in 1934, Pope Pius XI enabled all Guilds of Altar Servers throughout the British Commonwealth to be affiliated with the Archconfraternity at Westminster

The objects of the Archconfraternity of Saint Stephen are:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. To unite servers of different parishes and dioceses for their mutual support and encouragement.

We are proud of our involvement with the Archconfraternity, and welcome new members.

If you are considering participating in Mass as an Altar Server, please contact Father Cahill for details.