Adele Lamour
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The name sacristan is derived from the Latin sacer which means "sacred." The Sacristan provides invaluable background help to the church. It is through the stewardship of the sacristan that the celebrant priest and the Parish community can elevate and enhance their prayer and worship at Holy Mass and other liturgical functions.

Responsibilities - To prepare the liturgical space and liturgical articles for the celebration of the liturgy. The sacristan's responsibility includes preparing the vessels, sacristy, sanctuary and assembly for Mass. The sacristan oversees the 'behind the scenes' preparation for liturgy - that is, prepares hosts, wine, candles, and other supplies.

Helpful Attributes - To be a sacristan is truly a holy call. A devotion to the understanding of the Eucharist is paramount. A sacristan is expected to learn the different vessels used in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, their importance and proper care.

Time Commitment - It is expected that a sacristan will accept a minimum weekly commitment for at least one Mass. However, this can be flexible with the possibility of doing more or less based upon individual circumstances. The sacristan is expected to be present at a minimum of 30 minutes prior to Mass or other liturgical function, and for 30 minutes thereafter to ensure that all tasks are completed.

Training Required - Parish training provided.

Fingerprinting Required - No