Workshop: The Parish Sacristy

Sat Nov 9th, 2019 - 8:30 am to 2 pm
Presented by Brian Ruh, MAPM

The Parish Sacristy

THIS WORKSHOP IS FILLED. Please email Doug George at if you are interesting in being put on a waiting list for a future workshop on the parish sacristy.


If you are a sacristan, a Eucharistic minister, or someone who just wants to help  out in your parish, consider attending this workshop to understand the operations of the parish sacristy. Become familiar with the sacramental books and vessels used at Mass; how to prepare the altar and credence table; how to arrange the books; and other things you can do to help your pastor and/or visiting priest. We will review the different seasons of the liturgical year (Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Ordinary time), liturgical colors, vestments, candles, incense, and special  ceremonies including baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals. Along  with learning the "how to do," you will also be given some of the history and theology behind many of our symbols and traditions.

Brian earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry at Christ the King Seminary in 1997  and has used his degree to serve in many different ways throughout the diocese including ministering to youth, leading retreats, and facilitating Eucharistic minister trainings for  the Office of Worship. He is currently the pastoral associate at St. Amelia's Parish in Tonawanda where his main responsibilities involve adult faith formation, liturgy, and  evangelization. He is married 22 years to his wife Trish, and is the father of four daughters. 


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