Altar Servers | Altar Society | A/V Committee | Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Lectors | Liturgy Committee | Music | Sacristans | Ushers
To make our liturgies coordinated acts of worship, many ministries are needed. Altar servers certainly are key to that end.
Starting in 4th grade, parishioners can serve as altar servers. The only true requirements are having made one's First Communion and having a sincere love of God. Altar servers get a behind-the-scenes look of the liturgy, learning about and leading the congregation in the actions of Mass.
Interested in becoming an altar server? Simply complete the Altar Server Agreement and submit it to the Parish Center.
The Altar Society prepares the Sanctuary for the celebration of the Mass, adorning the Sanctuary to reflect the various Liturgical seasons throughout the year.
St. Clement of Rome’s Altar Society ministry was formed in 1965 when St. Clement of Rome became a parish. Our members launder the altar linens, which are used in serving Our Lord’s Precious Blood in Holy Communion at all masses, prepare the floral arrangements for the altar and do special sewing projects, such as making altar cloths, purificators, banners, etc.
Another very important responsibility of the Altar Society is to decorate the sanctuary and prepare for special liturgical celebrations such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, special feasts honoring our Blessed Mother, Thanksgiving, etc. We also prepare the sanctuary for our school’s celebration of the Sacraments of First Communion, Confirmation and the May Crowing ceremonies.
The Altar Society is a very important ministry to our parish throughout the entire year. Please consider volunteering for whatever time you are available.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with the Altar Society, please contact the Parish Center at (504) 887-7821.
Since 2003, beginning with the Lenten Mission in that year, St Clement of Rome Parish in Metairie, La. has enjoyed the assistance of an Audio Visual System to aid the congregation in singing the Lord’s praises in song. Staffed by a member of the A/V Committee at each Sunday Mass, this system displays the lyrics of the various sung responses and hymns used in the celebration of the Eucharist. This is intended to increase the participation of the individuals in song, and alleviate the need for song sheets or hymnals that may be limited in number and can become distracting during the worship service.
A/V Members are asked to arrive 15-20 minutes early for whichever Mass they are assigned to serve on a particular weekend. This time allows them to start the system, and begin the announcement presentation prior to beginning the Mass with introductory prayers. During the Mass, A/V Members follow the lead of the priest/deacon or choir/cantor to display the proper lyric or prayer verse in sequence. Members have ample time in the celebration to participate in the Mass, listen to the Liturgy of the Word, Homily, and receive the sacrament of Communion. After the Mass, A/V members shut down the A/V system completely, and leave the A/V room locked for the next Mass.
A/V Members are asked to serve at least one Mass per month, preferably two, to allow a full rotation of members. Also, we are asked to recruit new members; as with all ministries, we need to keep our ranks full.
The system is also used in various other celebrations and activities. These include presentations for education, award presentations, 1st Communion, Confirmations, and at weddings, wakes, and funerals. Arrangements are made to find A/V members to staff these events.
The St Clement of Rome Catholic Elementary School and the Parish School of Religion also use this system. They are responsible for staffing those celebrations, and from time to time receive assistance from the weekend AV members.
The current chairperson of the A/V Committee is John Laughllin. For additional information about this committee, please contact the Parish Center at 887-7821.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion assist in the distribution of the Eucharist to the faithful at Mass and those who are homebound, due to health or age. To be an Extraordinary Minister a parishioner of St. Clement must be fully initiated into the Church, having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. A love for the Eucharist is also an obvious prerequisite. Special training and certification is provided for this ministry by the Office of Worship of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
If you are interested in learning more about this ministry or would like to be considered for regular service as an Extraordinary Minister, please contact the Parish Center at (504) 887-7821.
The Lectors Ministry services St. Clement of Rome by assisting with the celebration of Mass by reading God’s Word.
At St. Clement of Rome, we believe the ministry of lecturing, or proclaiming the scriptures at Mass, is rooted in a love for, knowledge of, and belief in the Word of God. These qualities combined with the desire to share God’s Word with the assembly gathered at Mass, is what sets the high standards for our parish lectors.
Besides possessing the qualities listed above, the person who desires to be a lector must also:
- Have a clear, audible speaking voice
- Study and practice the particular scripture for the Mass assigned
- Be willing to serve as scheduled for Mass
- Participate in training sessions offered by the parish
- Be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church
The Ministry of Lector is open to both teens and adults of the parish.
If you would like to join the Lector Ministry, please call the office of the Parish Center (504) 887-7821.
Our worship at St. Clement seeks to glorify God and strengthen us as a community of believers. For those goals to be met, much preparation and evaluation must be directed toward our liturgies. While individual ministries prepare for and evaluate their own aspect of liturgical worship, there is a need for coordination between these individual ministires. Every other month, therefore, heads of liturgical ministries meet as the Liturgy Committee to prayerful plan and discuss the year's liturgical feasts.
St. Augustine once said that "He who sings prays twice." Certainly the scriptures are full with examples of holy men and women throughout salvation history giving praise to God through song. Who can forget Hannah's song of thanksgiving or Mary's Magnificat. The Bible even contains its own hymnal for use in worship, the Book of Psalms. Indeed mankind has always given praise to God through music and that is still true today. Here at St. Clement we a re happy to have a very vibrant music ministry with excellent musicians assisting our parish community with the use of their voices and a variety of other musical instruments. We certainly give thanks to all who share their musical gifts with our parish community!
The Music Ministry provides music for our Sunday liturgies as well as Holy Days of Obligation and at special activities throughout the year. The Music Ministry includes an Adult Choir, Handbell Choir, Brass Ensemble, Children's Ensemble, and a Spanish Choir to assist with our weekly Spanish Mass.
If you sing or play any musical instruments and would like to volunteer those talents to give glory to God in the liturgy or if you have any questions, please contact our Director of Music, Louis Hackett, at the Parish Center (504) 887-7821.
St. Clement of Rome, the Hymn
With a patron who could be accurately described as obscure -- check out our patron page for what we can say of him -- our parish could only dream of the existence of a song dedicated to St. Clement of Rome. That dream is now reality. Many thanks to Remi Fonseca Bauer for her creation of a parish hymn in honor of St. Clement. The arrangement is beautiful and will undoubtedly become an ever greater part of our parish in the years to come.
In our liturgical worship, certain ministers are in the forefront. Behind every priest or server, cantor or lector, however, there is a group of committed parishioners who faithfully and quietly prepare the church for what takes place. Sacristans are indispensible in their role of setting out the vessels, coordinating with ministries, and setting everything in place. The ministry of sacristan is a true ministry of service, allowing parishioners thoughtfully and prayerfully help prepare for the liturgy.
If you would like more information about sacristans or if you would like to volunteer to serve at weekday or weekend Masses, please contact our Parish Center at (504) 887-7821.
The Usher Ministry assists with facilitating the celebration of the Mass by greeting and seating Mass attendees, taking attendance counts, assisting with collections, coordinating the proper receiving of Holy Communion, and distributing any necessary literature at the conclusion of Mass.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer with the Usher Ministry, please contact the Parish Center (504) 887-7821.