Attending to the vessels, vestments and altar accouterments used during the Mass and various sacramental rituals. May also be required to assist at baptisms, weddings and funerals in conjunction with other lay ministers. Sacristans act behind the scenes to coordinate people and necessary supplies so that the integral spirituality of sacred events are preserved for the faithful. They ensure all the necessary elements are in place; candles lit, adequate supplies of wine and altar breads, incense, even tissues are on hand.
Devotion and understanding of the Order of the Mass and various liturgical and sacramental rites are essential. Desire to learn about the sacred articles, vessels and their use, care and storage are important. Self motivation for continuing education of historical and future relevance is a plus.
Thirty minutes before and after scheduled Mass.
Yes, as provided by shadowing senior Sacristans and private study.
Bonnie Strine, Coordinator.