I am the Bread of Life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. John 6:35
The word Sacristan comes from the Latin word, sacer, meaning sacred. This sacred and essential parish ministry is most often work performed behind the scenes, but very visible if not performed with diligence and accuracy.
“Will you let me be your servant, Let me be as Christ to you; Pray that I may have the grace to Let you be my servant too.”
The Servant Song, Richard Gillard
The St. Michael Catholic Church Sacristan ministry is one of service. This opportunity requires early arrival to allow time for preparation of Mass, and to provide an example of reverence by respectfully approaching the tabernacle and/ or altar, bowing reverently, and by actively participating in the Mass.
Some of the duties of the Sacristan include:
- Prepare the credence table with the communion bowls, cups with purificator, cruet, and the Chalice
- Ensure Lectors, Servers and Ushers are present; locate substitutes, if needed
- Identify the Gift Bearers and provide their names to be announced after the Prayers of the Faithful
- Welcome visiting Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians; show them where vestments are located and the location of the reconciliation room
Heavenly Father, please pour your blessings on my ministry today.
It is an honor and privilege to serve the Lord at his table.
Please guide my hands and my steps
that I may fulfill my duties with grace and devotion.
I ask this in the name of Jesus whom I serve with Joy. Amen.