The word "sacristan" comes from the Latin word sacrista, meaning "sacred." Strictly speaking, the sacristan oversees the care of all the sacred vessels and objects in the sacristy.
At Holy Spirit, the sacristan is responsible for unlocking/locking the church, preparing the Eucharist, turning on/off lights and sound, setting out the sacramentary and purificators, checking that servers light the altar candles, and setting up the sensor for funerals and other liturgical occasions. The sacristan is also attentive to the Eucharistic ministers and their task of cleaning the vessels at the end of the liturgy. Finally, the sacristan makes sure the sacristy is left in good order for the next liturgy.
Those who are able to make a commitment to serving as sacristan at one weekend liturgy every week should call Katie Mendenhall at 698-3353, ext. 206. Following a thorough training, the sacristan will begin to serve Father Haugan and the Holy Spirit community once a week in the sacristy.