Sacristan Ministry

What does a sacristan do?

As Sacristan, you are responsible for Mass set-up and helping with clean-up after Mass along with the Eucharistic Ministers and Ushers.

Mass set up and clean up:

At every Mass, you are responsible for setting up for both Liturgy of the Word and 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 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 a sacristan is unable to serve their scheduled Mass.

How often do I serve?

Depending on the number of sacristans assigned to a particular Mass, you may serve once or twice a month or more infrequently. As another option, you may choose to serve only as a substitute sacristan.

What’s the time commitment?

Generally, the time commitment is a half an hour before and about 15 minutes after your scheduled Mass. That may vary depending on the particular Mass you serve and how fast you work. As you get accustomed to the duties, you are generally able to go a little faster.

Are there meetings?

Our only meetings are when there are changes to our routine, or when called for by our pastor or liturgist. Generally, the meetings are very few and average once or twice a year. A training session will be 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: 


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

If you can serve as a Sacristan or are interested in becoming a Sacristan, please contact the Parish Office by phone: 952-227-4000 or by e-mail:

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.