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Altar Servers

  • Purpose is to provide assistance to our priests with the celebration of the Mass on weekends.
  • We train young boys and girls (ages 10-17) to provide this service at SJN and we encourage them with the formation of their Catholic Faith.
  • Contact: Ed Estrada @ 552-5198 or eestrada@orangecoast.com

Patron Saint for Altar Servers - St. John Berchmans

St. John Berchmans was born on March 13, 1599 in Belgium. He was the son of a shoemaker, and one of five children. He was kind, gentle, and affectionate towards his parents and others. And, what distinguished him from most of his friends was his piety. When he was not even seven years old, he was accustomed to rising very early in the morning and serving two or three Masses with great dedication and enthusiasm. He always sought to learn more about his faith, listened to Sunday sermons with great attention, and liked to pray the Rosary. He felt a distinct call to the Society of Jesus, and, thus, entered a Jesuit novitiate in 1619, deciding to become a Jesuit after reading about the life of St. Aloysius Gonzaga. But, he did not live to be ordained. He died on August 12, 1621. St. John Berchmans was noted for his holiness. Although he did not found religious orders or churches and did not work miracles, St. John Berchmans made kindness, courtesy, and his faith a very important part of his life. In working to live a life of holiness and love for Jesus, St. John Berchmans often said, “If I do not become a saint when I am young, then I shall never become one.”

  "That I may come to the altar of God, to God, my joy, my delight. Then I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God."-Psalm 43:4