We currently have four sacristans working at St Mary’s, where their duties include putting out the sacred vessels necessary for the Sunday Eucharist, such as the chalices, ciborium and cruet, as well as clean linen.
Every Thursday the sacristans wash and polish the silver, and place everything in order for Sundays and weekday services, while special gold chalices and patens may also be prepared for major festivals.
Each sacristan works alone, on a rota system, but the team works together when a large amount of silver cleaning is necessary. The linen is washed each week according to the rota, and is then returned on Sunday mornings.
As may be imagined, because of holidays and other commitments, our resources are often stretched. The team would be delighted to hear from anyone who feels the call to assist with these duties – the commitment is just three hours a month.
For further details please contact the Parish Office.