Eucharistic Ministers & Sacristans

Eucharistic Ministers & Sacristans

Eucharistic Ministers

When you serve as a Eucharistic Minister you increase your respect and reverence for the Eucharist under both species and participate in the full ritual beauty of ministering communion to your fellow parishioners. To become a Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul’s you:

  • Attend a training session
  • Are willing to receive the Eucharist in both species
  • Are available at least once a month
  • Arrive early and sign in before your assigned mass
  • Arrange for a substitute from the Eucharist Minister list if you are unable to
    honor your scheduled commitment

For more information, please contact Lisa Wellik at: (310) 202-0487

Going Deeper: Why Share a Cup?

from “The Communion Rite at Sunday Mass” by Gabe Huck

“Christ’s body and blood are bound up in creation, in fruitfulness, in human work, in communal rejoicing, in redemption. Wine nourishes our thirsty spirits. It is spiritual drink. By taking the cup, we express the deepest fellowship with the Lord Jesus even in the sharing of his death. Such diverse things – the delight of fellowship, the communion in his death. The cup, shared among us beings these together.”


The sacristan is the minister who has overall responsibility for the sacristy. The primary responsibility of the sacristan is to prepare the worship space before each Mass in preparation for the Eucharist. He or she also ensures that all participants of the Mass from the servers to the lectors to the Eucharistic Ministers are present and prepared to participate. Those who are interested in the ministry of the sacristan:

  • Are men and women who are members of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Community
  • Have a desire to serve your fellow parishioners
  • Have previously ministered as a Eucharistic Minister

Going Deeper

Through all the centuries, every local church entrusted its keys to a minister called the sacristan. Sacristans were mentioned by many church writers, one being St. Jerome. Church councils referred to sacristans as “ministers of God,” taking great care to stress the holy nature of the work of sacristans. St. Isidore (7th century) described the ministry as the care of security, access, vestments, sacred vessels, oil, candles, etc. Before Christians ever began to use Tabernacles in the main worship space, the Eucharist was reserved in the sacristy and it was the sacristan who maintained the dignity of the space.

Contact information  contact Lisa Wellik at (310) 202-0487