This duty is carried out on a roster basis and involves preparation of the Altar for our weekend Masses and other significant Feasts celebrated in our liturgical year. It involves:
The washing the sacred vessels used in celebrating Mass;
Undertaking laundry duties of purifiers, towels and Altar linen;
The preparation of Candles for use in Mass and ensuring the Shrine area is clean with adequate supplies of candles;
Undertaking general tidying duties; and filling the holy water receptacles.
Some Sacristans are involved in cleaning busy bees of the church twice yearly and welcome the help of others who can assist in these affairs. Currently the four Sacristans for Our Lady of the Bay are rostered on a monthly basis, which means three duties per year.
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