Have you ever wondered who gets the altar ready for mass? Well, it’s not the church mice! Sacristans are Parishioners who are willing to give up a small amount of time to get the church ready for the various masses.
The Sacristans arrive about 30 minutes prior to the beginning of mass. The altar is set ready with candles and Sacramental book which Father reads from, along with the book of the Gospels. Altar bread is placed in the ciboriums; the water and wine used at the consecration are placed at the entrance of the church for the offertory.
The chalice, purificators and corporal are placed on the side table along with any extra ciboriums needed, as well as a hand towel and the bowl for the water when Father washes his hands. At the end of mass they ensure everything is put away properly. This takes about 5 to 10 minutes. By now the parking lot is not as full so leaving is much easier.
At the present time there are 18 Sacristans who are scheduled for the various masses. Some do the set up every other week for a particular mass. For others, it may be just once a month. It all depends what mass they are volunteering for.
If you would like to find out more or just get involved, don’t be afraid. You will be taught all that you need to know. Just give Kelly a call at 604 467-0954.