Sacristans are a small group, usually chosen by the Pastor or Deacon. The role of Sacristan is to prepare for all the Liturgical needs for the mass (pre and post mass). During special Liturgical celebrations the Sacristan may be on duty in the Sacristy preparing for the various events that are taking place during mass (washing of the feet, presentation of oils, etc.).
There is a Sacristan assigned to each mass. These roles are not usually rotated, as each mass is a little different.
Training: All sacristans must be certified Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion (EMsHC). Sacristan training is conducted by existing sacristans; this is not something offered via the Archdiocese.
What does a Sacristan do?
As Sacristan, we have two main roles: Mass Set Up and Clean Up, and Mass Coordinator.
Below is a brief explanation of each role:
Mass set up and clean up vary slightly depending on the individual mass and priest. A Sacristan is responsible for setting up for both Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist which means preparing all the books, vessels, offertory, and incense when appropriate.
As mass coordinator, a sacristan also assists the priest with whatever details/duties he needs done. The sacristan will check to make sure the altar servers are ready and in place as well as making sure the assigned Lectors and key Extraordinary Ministers are present and ready to serve.
This ministry is discussed as part of the Liturgical Committee meetings. Special meetings/ rehearsals are held when needed (specifically Holy Week).
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