Sacristans prepare the Church and sanctuary for Mass. This ministry entails detailed work just before the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and afterward, as well. Sacristan duties include making sure the correct vessels are on the credence table, assuring the cruets are full of water and wine, and sufficient hosts are placed for the Offertory. The Sacristan arranges the Liturgical books needed for the celebration such as the Lectionary and Roman Missal marking all of the pages for the Presider, Deacon and Lectors. Sacristans arrange the cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils (when required), and more.
The Ministry of Sacristan is open to adults who have received all three Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and who are free of any impediments to participating in the sacramental life of the Church. For more information, please contact Dennis Altschul, Director of Music and Worship, at 816-436-0880 ext 213.
"They are to make a sanctuary for me, that I may dwell in their midst. According to all that I show you regarding the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of its furnishings, so you are to make it." Exodus 25: 8-9