It is the Sacristan’s role to see to the consistent and proper handling of certain aspects of parish liturgy. In so doing, the Sacristan helps to create a prayerful liturgy for the St. James Community.
The sacristan arranges the books needed for the celebration, marking all of the divisions. He or she prepare the sacred vessels as needed for the celebration, such as cruets, chalices, ciboria, linens, oils, processional crosses, candles, etc.
This ministry is open to adults who have celebrated Confirmation, and who are free of any impediments to participating in the sacramental life of the Church. A good sacristan is a boon to any parish and, as the GIRM (General Instructions for the Roman Catholic Missal) says, the post fulfills a true liturgical function.