The parish liturgy is the public event forming the very heart of the whole parish life. Everything that we do and are as a parish leads to and flows from the liturgical celebrations in the parish church.

The liturgy proclaims what we are as a parish and at the same time provides the foundation and the impetus for our working together and growing as a community of worship, or witness and of service. Because of its crucial role in parish life, the liturgy is a public celebration requiring considerable behind-the-scenes preparation if it is to fulfill its function.

That is where you come in, because a large part of this preparation belongs to the sacristan. In fact, you are in a sense responsible for everything that is used in the parish liturgy.

All liturgical ministers are, first and foremost, members of the Body of Christ. Through their baptism they are the “holy people and royal priesthood” whose right and privilege it is to participate in the ministry of Christ. How the lay faithful exercise this ministry in the world varies, but the fullest and most fundamental expression of it has always been “conscious, active and fruitful participation in the mystery of the Eucharist” (General Instruction Of The Roman Missal – GIRM, Introduction #5).

Since the celebration Since the celebration of the Eucharist is the “action of the whole Church”(GIRM, Introduction #5), everyone in the assembly has “an individual right and duty to contribute their participation” (GIRM #58).

Some of the faithful are called to serve God’s people in a more particular way through one of the many liturgical ministries that have flourished in the Church since the Second Vatican Council. This diversity of roles, functions and ministries enriches our celebrations and assists us in our prayer. Serving in one of these ministries is both an honor and a responsibility, and those who commit to it need nurturing and support.