Working behind the scenes, sacristans prepare the worship space before and after each liturgy. A sacristan typically arrives 20 minutes before mass and readies the church by performing a variety of duties, from lighting candles and preparing for baptisms, to touching base with Eucharistic minister coordinators verifying that lectors, altar servers, and cross bearers are present. Sacristans remain after the liturgy to ready the church for the next celebration. Though most liturgical ministries serve the assembly, the role of the sacristan is to minister to the presider, providing sacristans a unique opportunity to interact with the friars and deepen your knowledge of Catholic traditions, while helping to ensure that the liturgy proceeds smoothly.
If you would like more information, or would like to join the Sacristan Ministry, please contact Ann Vogelpohl at 919-539-0519.
Training Overview & Schedule
The Sacristan ministry is open to families, adult individuals, and teens. Sacristans typically serve twice per month, with additional opportunities to serve on Holy Days, Christmas, Easter, etc. Training takes approximately 1 hour, at the church, and is flexible to accommodate individual schedules.