Ministry of Sacristan


Dennis Altschul
Director of Music & Worship
(816) 436-0880 ext. 213

Coordinator: Bill Stump


A Sacristan is the person who prepares 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.  As ministers who prepare the Altar of the Lord, we witness to the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist and in the proclamation of God's Word.  Servin in this way implies a personal commitment to the Eucharist which includes weekly attendance at Sunday Mass.

The preparations of Sacristans make for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy remind us also to prepare our hearts for worship.

Since it is the Sacristan's role to see to the consistent and proper handling and preparation of certain aspects of parish Liturgy, in so doing, the Sacristan helps to create a prayerful Liturgy and frees the priest to give his attention to the prayer and pastoral care of the people.

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.

In order to become a trained Sacristan at St. Charles Borromeo Parish, please contact the Director of Music and Worship, Dennis Altschul (816) 436-0880 ext. 213

Exodus 25: 8 - 9
"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."