Employment Opportunity: Sacristan at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington DC

May 3, 2023 |

The Sacristan is a person who is charged with the care of the sacristy, the church, and their contents. He or she is also responsible for the timely preparation, smooth implementation and post-liturgy cleaning and restoration of the church and sacristy to an orderly pre-liturgy condition.

In general, this role serves as an arranger for all liturgies and worship taking place in the church including, ensuring that vestments and linens are arranged and ready, that altar vessels are set out, that consumables like altar wines and altar bread are in adequate supply, and that the church as a whole is kept secure and in veneration shape. The sacristan needs to work and communicate well with the pastors, priests, deacons and liturgy coordinator and head usher, and to attend to the environment of worship. A sacristan should carry him or herself with reverence, modeling the behavior worthy of the congregation to imitate and have a solid solid understanding of how liturgies flow, the order of Mass and services, and the basic teachings of and respect for the Roman Catholic faith. A sacristan’s schedule is heavily dependent on the church’s worship schedule. Hours can include weekends, evenings and holidays and will vary during the seasons of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. Working hours include opening the church an hour before confessions or celebration of any Mass and closing the church after liturgy. A bi-weekly time sheet will be kept by employee and signed by the Pastor.

Hours: 40 hours: Wednesday through Sunday; Off Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday – Friday 7:30 – 3:30pm with 1 hour lunch, except for Funerals (the hours may be substituted on other days); Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 7am – 3pm.

The appointment to this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check and compliance with Safe Environment requirements, including Virtus training. The Employee who is newly appointed to this position will be subject to a 6-month new employee appraisal period according Archdiocesan Policy.

Location: St. Augustine Parish Office (Gingras Center) at 1419 V Street NW Washington DC

Please forward your resume and letter of interest to: aclark@saintaugustine-dc.org

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