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Sacristans serve the assembly by preparing the physical elements needed for the Mass. They prepare the vessels for the Eucharistic Liturgy, put out appropriate quantities for bread and wine, assist the presider and other ministers in vesting, and ensure that the books are properly placed.
Sacristans must be attentive to detail and be flexible during the celebration. Good hand-eye coordination is essential since sacristans routinely handle breakable vessels.
By being responsible for the material things of worship, sacristans grow in appreciation for how liturgy works as a series of signs and symbols. By enabling reverent and prepared celebrations, sacristans create a hospitable house for the church as they ready the room for worship. Sacristans also have the opportunity to serve for other liturgical events in the chapel. Such as weddings.
Sacristans need to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to their scheduled liturgy, and plan to stay about 20 minutes following the liturgy.
We train and incorporate new sacristans throughout the semester.
Fill out the Becoming Involved In Liturgy Form to get started. For more information contact Steven Betancourt, Acting Director of Sacramental Life.