A sacristan is an officer who is charged with the care of the sacristy, the church, and their contents. The duties of our sacristan include:
- The preparation of the Blessed Eucharist
- The preparation of necessities for the various sacraments
- Holy Mass
- The preservation of order in the church during distribution of communion
- Supervision and training of the altar servers
Our sacristans have also been commissioned as acolytes. They are charged with lighting the candles on the altar, bearing the incense in procession, and during the Gospel; they will also bless the priest and congregation with the incense in the absence of a deacon. Also in the absence of a deacon, the acolyte may assist in preparing the altar for the sacrifice of the Mass; the acolyte will usually stand to the left of the celebrant while the priest blesses and consumes the sacraments in order to immediately assist the celebrant if necessary. Acolytes also serve as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and may assist the priest in the sprinkling rite over the congregation.