Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church

Sacristans

Sacristans provide invaluable help to the priest, allowing him to enter into his own prayer before, during and after Mass – and therefore helping him to offer a Mass that is more conductive to the prayer and holiness of the people gathered for the celebration. Besides helping the priest-celebrant, sacristans serve the entire community- in the many aspects of a sacristan’s job they provide essential help to the lectors, communion ministers, altar servers, music ministers, ushers – and all the other liturgical ministers. By helping the ministers do their “jobs”, sacristans help the congregation to do their “job” – full, active and prayerful participation at Mass.