The Sacristan works with the pastor and parochial vicars to attend to the environment of worship. The sacristan serves as coordinator for worship services, makes sure that sacred and altar vessels are kept clean and safe, and that the church is kept secure and in good repair. The sacristan is responsible for setting up for all the weekend Masses, weddings, Quinceaneras, funerals, Penance Services, and Holy Days of obligation such as Holy Week and Christmas. In addition, upon the pastor's request, the sacristan may oversee or even direct the service of various lay ministers including ushers, greeters, altar servers and liaison for Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and Lectors and the Committed Adorers. The sacristan might also maintain the practical dealings with external agents such as funeral directors and photographers so that proper decorum is always maintained.
Key responsibilities / day-to-day job functions:
Under the general direction of the pastor, the sacristan undertakes the overall preparation of liturgical celebrations making sure that the things necessary for worship are always available and in good condition.
1. Open all the doors of the church 45 minutes prior to weekend Masses and setup for Mass. Open the side doors of the church 30 minutes prior to daily Mass and set up for Mass. Turn the lights and sound system on.
2. Make sure 15 minutes before Mass starts that all the liturgical books, chalice, ciboria, cruets, patens, and bells are in place and altar candles are lighted.
3. Make sure that 10 minutes before mass the altar servers are ready with cross, processional candles, and incense and are ready to process to the back of the church.
4. Set up the vestments for the presider priest 20 minutes before Mass and replace the microphone battery if needed.
5. Make sure that the vestments, sacred vessels, church furnishings, and decorative objects are kept in good condition and, when necessary, sent for gilding and repairs.
6. Replace the sanctuary lamp of the main tabernacle, side tabernacle, and the Perpetual Adoration Chapel.
7. Clean and shine the ciboria every Friday after the morning Mass. Dust, sweep and mop the sacristies once a week.
8. Make sure that all the sacred vessels and linens are properly put away in the sacristy's cabinets and laundry bags after every Mass or service before leaving the church
9. Make sure that there are enough supplies of regular and low gluten hosts, duly authorized altar wine, sufficient clean corporals, purificators, hand towels, incense, and charcoals.
10. Make sure that the altar cloths are changed regularly, and that the holy water stoups are clean and replenish frequently.
Note: The pastor may also decide to entrust other responsibilities to the sacristan such as coordinating others who help with the general decor of the church, such as volunteers, cleaners, and flower arrangers.
• Employment is contingent upon applicant satisfactorily passing criminal background and reference checks
• Must complete diocese-sponsored Safe Environment Training within 60 days of hire.
• Should have a solid understanding of how liturgies flow, the order of worship, and the preparations of liturgies
• Must be a practicing Catholic, a believer of the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and obedient to the Catholic Church's teachings
• Should be skilled at cleaning and organizing, and trustworthy enough to have keys to the church and access to its precious objects
• Should be prudent and have good delegation and people skills
• Should be able to step on ladders, go up and down the stairs without assistance, and be able to lift boxes
• Should dress properly for Masses and liturgical events
• Minimum level of Education:
• Even though a degree is not required, it will be preferable to have a Bachelor or Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry, Theology or music