Around the Church Fifth (Final) Installment

The Sacristy

The sacristy (also called “vestry”) of a church is the room where vestments, vessels, and oils are stored. Our church as two rooms for this purpose, one to the south of the altar and one behind the altar.  In addition to the vestments worn by the priests and altar servers, our rooms contain seats and kneelers, pews, closets for vases and choir robes, missals, candles, incense and other items used in the church over the years.  Some of the items, like the Holy Communion patens and altar bells, are no longer used during the Mass.


Latin Plaque                                                                                                                                                      Chasubles
“Give virtue to my hands, O Lord, that being cleansed from all stain
I might serve you with purity of mind and body. “


Storage cabinets                                                                                                                                                          Holy water containers, altar bells, and other artifacts


Altar server cassocks and albs                                                                                                                               Communion patens

Sacristy – The Priest Vestments

Below are excerpts from the web site:

If you have paid attention at Mass or at other liturgies at Church, you will have noted how the priest’s vestments change through the various seasons. It’s possible that you might have asked yourself why the change and what the different colors might mean. Put simply, each piece of clothing and each color has a different meaning and invites us to a deeper understanding of what is going on during the liturgy.

Below is the symbolism behind each part of the liturgical vestments and the beautiful prayers that the priest says while vesting to preside over the sacraments.

Sample Symbolism Prayer
The amice defends against the temptations of the devil and symbolizes the moderation of words Lord, set the helmet of salvation on my head to fend off all the assaults of the devil (Cfr. Ephesians 6:17)
The alb is white, symbolizing the purity of heart that the priest must bring to the altar. Make me white, O Lord, and cleanse my heart; that being made white in the Blood of the Lamb I may deserve an eternal reward.
The cincture symbolizes the virtue of purity. Gird me, O Lord, with the cincture of purity, and quench in my heart the fire of concupiscence, that the virtue of continence and chastity may abide in me.
The stole is symbolic of the priestly power of authority. Lord, restore the stole of immortality, which I lost through the collusion of our first parents, and unworthy as I am to approach Thy sacred mysteries, may I yet gain eternal joy.
The chasuble is worn above all other vestments, it symbolizes the virtue of charity. O Lord, who has said, “My yoke is sweet and My burden light,” grant that I may so carry it as to merit Thy Grace.


Sacristy – The Priest Vestments – Liturgical Colors

Below are excerpts from the web site:

The chasuble is the liturgical garment that has come to characterize above all the Eucharistic celebration.  Different colors are used, depending on the liturgical season and the feasts and celebrations of the church.


Not many of the parishioners have been to the basement of the church and rectory.  This area houses the mechanical equipment that heats the church.  It also holds rooms that have been used for the ‘Play/Pray service’, the youth group, and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

The meeting room for the St. Vincent DePaul society is in the basement of the rectory; it connects to the storage room in the basement of the church.  The St. Vincent DePaul Society room includes the initial aggregation letter, a plaque commemorating deceased members, the 50th-anniversary commemoration letter, and a picture of the Archdiocese Centenary meeting in 1957 at the Sheraton Hotel.

The center room, used primarily by the Youth Group in the past, is also known as the Christopher Solberg room.  There is also a plaque labeled ‘Heat, Eat, and Enjoy!’ in memory of Matthew Joseph Stempniak.

At one time in the past, there was a tunnel between the rectory and the old part of the school.  The priests used the tunnel to move between the rectory and the school.  This was very convenient when Mass was only available in the basement of the school.  The nuns also used the tunnel to go between the church and the school.  It is believed that the ‘school end’ of the tunnel was boarded up when the school addition and convent were added to the original school in the 1950s.


Youth Group Room                                                                                                                                                 Pray and Play Room


Boiler Room                                                                                                                                                           Rectory Basement – St.Vincent de Paul Meeting Room

St. Vincent de Paul Food Storage Cabinets