Sacristans are vital ministers at each liturgy. Two sacristans serve at each Mass. They are trained Eucharistic Ministers who are responsible for the materials and personnel needed for the celebration of the liturgy. Sacristans arrive at church one hour before their scheduled Mass to prepare the vessels and linens that are used at that liturgy. They place the proper items on the Credence table and the Gift table. They also check in all the liturgical ministers serving at the Mass. The sacristans distribute the vessels to the Eucharistic Ministers and oversee the serving of Communion to the community. At the end of Mass, after the priest or deacon has purified the vessels, the sacristans store the vessels.
Sacristans are at least 16 years of age, practicing Catholics in good standing with the Church, registered with the parish, and have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.