The Sacristan Ministry coordinates the behind-the-scenes details of all liturgies for weekends, major seasons and feast days, helping to prepare for the community’s worship throughout the Church’s liturgical year. Sacristans provide assistance to the celebrants by providing all the elements needed for worship, e.g., bread, wine, vessels, linens, candles, books, etc. They ensure all necessary ministers are present and, if needed, recruit extra ministers prior to the start of a liturgy. They also provide information to other liturgical ministers on changes or announcements to assist hem in their immediate responsibilities for worship, and assist the altar servers to prepare for their responsibilities during the liturgy.
Sacristans ensure that any element that is broken, torn, or needs replacement or attention is reported. They assist on appointed Sundays for infant baptism by providing all the necessary elements, and assist, in particular in the physical preparations for the various celebrations of the Triduum during Holy Week and Easter.
There are no scheduled meetings for this ministry. Communication via email from the Liturgy Director, clergy or head sacristan provides needed updates and information. Sacristans usually serve once a month, except during the Sacred Triduum. On-the-job training is provided.