"I'm setting out the vessels, Lord. I'm reaching for cups and plates, pitchers, and bowls.
Now they are empty.
Soon they will hold the bread and wine that will become your body and blood.
Make me a vessel, Lord. Open my heart and make me you to all I meet today. Amen."
Sacristans are parishioners who have had experience in one or more of our liturgical ministries such as Lector, Eucharistic Ministers or Altar Society. This ministry also welcomes new members at any time and is open to parishioners who have the desire to learn more about the Mass and the preparation of our liturgical celebrations.
Since most of the tasks take place in the Sacristy, this is a “behind the scenes” ministry. Sacristans support the presider and other liturgical ministers in the preparation for the celebration of the Eucharist. They carefully arrange the liturgical books and sacred vessels for each Mass and interact with the lectors and ministers of Holy Communion as needed at each liturgy.
The ministry of sacristan requires on-going formation so that the sacristans can assist our priests, other liturgical ministers and our worshiping community with a sense of grace and reverence at weekend and daily Masses.