The Altar Story
Following suggestions from the Pastoral Council, St. Clement began exploring alterations to its sanctuary art. What began as a search for a properly sized crucifix for the rear of the sanctuary, soon continued as an evaluation of all that the archdiocesan archives had available. After some time, an altar was made available and was quickly accepted by the Pastoral Council. As with all items from the archives, the altar itself has some history. The altar was purchased by Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in New Orleans to celebrate its 100th anniversary in the fall of 2005. Before the altar could be the focus of such a celebration, Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the city of New Orleans, floodung and permanently closing Our Lady of Lourdes. As we rejoice in the free gift we have received, as we celebrate our daily Eucharist, we draw into communion with the generations that called Napoleon Ave. a spiritual home, continuing the faith they professed. Please enjoy the video of the altar installation and the slideshow on the mosaic altar emblems symbolizing the apostles.