A liturgical function is also exercised by the sacristan, who diligently arranges the liturgical books, the vestments and other things that are necessary for the celebration of Mass. (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Para 105).
The adornment and decor of a church should be such as to make the church a visible sign of love and reverence toward God, and to remind the people of God of the real meaning of the feasts celebrated there and to inspire in them a sense of joy and devotion.
The Centre for Catholic Formation's training days for Sacristans (in collaboration with the Liturgy Commission) provide an introduction to the functions of a parish sacristan, in preparation for Mass, and in maintaining the sacristy throughout the year. Below are handouts provided at the most recent training day. Further sessions will be advertised on this website.
Two books were recommended by our presenters, The Sacristy Manual by G Thomas Ryan and To Crown the Year by Peter Mazar both are available from our bookshop.
Masters of Ceremony
It is desirable to have some competent minister or master of ceremonies, to see to the appropriate arrangement of sacred actions and to their being carried out by the sacred ministers and lay faithful with decorum, order and devotion (GIRM, Para 106).
The Centre for Catholic Formation's training days for parish MC's (in collaboration with the Liturgy Commission) provide a helpful introduction and refresher to those undertaking the role of master of ceremonies.