Sacristan Ministry

What does a sacristan do?

Sacristans are responsible for Mass set-up and clean-up after Mass along with the Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers.

Mass set up and clean up:

Before Mass, you are responsible for setting up for both the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist which means preparing the books, vessels, offertory, and incense when appropriate. After Mass you may be needed to assist purifying the vessels.

Which Mass will I be assigned to?

We need sacristans at all of our weekend Masses. You will primarily work at the Mass of your choice, but we ask that all sacristans help cover Masses when there is a need, especially on Feast Days, Holy Days, Sacraments and occasionally when another sacristan is unable to serve their scheduled Mass.

How often do I serve?

You will usually serve once or twice a month but you may be asked to serve more often in the case of special occasions. You may also choose to serve only as a substitute sacristan if the scheduling commitment doesn’t work for you.

What’s the time commitment?

The time commitment is generally a half hour before and about 15 minutes after your scheduled Mass. Time may vary depending on the particular Mass and how quickly you are able to work.

Are there meetings?

Meetings are only called when changes are made to our routine or when called for by our pastor or liturgist. On average, the parish calls sacristan meetings only once or twice a year. A training session is provided for all new sacristans.

Whom should I contact if I have more questions?

Feel free to speak to any of the sacristans that serve at our Masses and talk with them about their experience as sacristan. If you have any further questions, please contact the Parish Office by phone: 952-227-4000 or by e-mail: info@gachaska.org.

Requirements:

  • a registered parishioner
  • received the sacrament of confirmation
  • wish to serve God

If you are interested in becoming a Sacristan, please contact the Parish Office by phone: 952-227-4000 or by e-mail: info@gachaska.org.

Sacristan Prayer
May these “Martha’s task” be pleasing to you, Lord Jesus,
as I prepare this space for the worship of this community.
Let me put on a “Mary attitude,” being ever glad to be in your presence in these small jobs which ready us for the celebration.
And finally, give me, O God, heartfelt joy
as I go about my tasks together with those around me.
Blessed be your Holy Name.
Amen.