The term Sacristan comes from the Latin word, sacer, which means sacred. Sacristans are often behind the scene prayerful volunteers that bring to mind the words of Jesus when He said we should not do good works to gain accolades (Matthew 6:1). The Sacristan is charged with the care of the sacristy especially in preparation of the vessels before and after masses. The Sacristans are crucial to ensuring vessels are prepared for the Liturgy of the Eucharist therefore enhancing the quality of our daily community's liturgical celebrations. At St. Jude these duties also include cleaning purificators, corporals and towels along with ensuring other items such as cruets, corporals, lavabo and towels are made available for the mass. You can also assist in keeping the votive candles filled and holders neat that can be found in front of each of the statues in the church and chapel. The chores of the sacristan should be done in a prayerful manner keeping the sacristy a neat, quiet and meditative space.
The Sacristan ministry is vibrant, worthwhile, grace-filled volunteer opportunity which draws us closer to God and our fellow parishioners. May God bless as you consider participating in this ministry at the service of Our Lord and His People.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Jeanne Girsch at ext. 2215.
Sacristan Guidelines for Sunday and Daily Masses
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.