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Society of St Tarcisius

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No ministry, except that of those who by ordination are set apart for the service of the Altar, deserves greater thought and consideration than the duty entrusted to those laymen and youths who have the office of assisting the priests of God in the discharge of their sacred functions.

Francis Cardinal Bourne, 1907

There is no joining fee. If you wish to donate to support the work of the Society, click here

Organiser: Joseph Shaw (contact )
Chaplain: Fr Seth Phipps FSSP

What’s it all about?

The Latin Mass Society’s sodality or guild for altar servers is being relaunched with new statutes and a newly-designed medal for members to wear. Like the Confraternity of St Stephen, it has different grades corresponding to the members’ expertise.

The Society of St Tarcisius (SST) has three objects:

1. To promote the dignified, devout, and accurate service of the altar in the traditional Roman rites.
2. To promote the spiritual formation of altar servers, in the spirit of St Tarcisius, who accepted death rather than allow the profanation of the Most Holy Sacrament.
3. To establish standards for the correct pronunciation of liturgical Latin and service at the altar and to arrange for training and development of members to meet these standards.

The SST uses the detailed ‘Ceremonial Notes’ for servers drawn up by Louis Tofari of Romanitas Press, which can be found here

The SST maintains a list of members with their levels of expertise, and organises Masses for its membership.

Those joining are presented with a metal medal on a silk cord with the SST’s emblem, which can be worn (with permission of the celebrant) while serving the liturgy.

See the Society of Tarcisius Guide for Members (pdf)


Server Training Day

In the first half of 2020 there will be three Server Training Days in St James', Spanish Place, where servers will be able to learn all roles for Low Mass and Sung Mass, and High Mass if there is demand. There will also be a chance for those attending to be enrolled in the Society of St Tarcisius and be promoted from grade to grade.

Membership of the Society of St Tarcisius is not required to take part in these training events.

There will be at least two and usually more experienced Masters of Ceremonies to instruct servers wishing to learn.

Servers of all ages are welcome. Those under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or an adult deputed by them and known to the server.

Booking is required, so the organisers have an accurate idea of numbers attending and what they wish to learn; there is no fee. To book, email


Please note the new venue for 2020

Saturdays in St James's Roman Catholic Church (please meet in the basement)
Spanish Place
22 George Street

Nearest Tube Station: Bond Street (Central and Jubilee Lines) 7 min walk. Also walkable from Baker Street and Oxford Circus stations.
(click for a map).


Starting at 10:30am; ending about 3:30pm

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March 14th
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