Liturgical Ministries

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people. And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved (Acts 2, 46-47).

We are called to “full, conscious and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, #14, Vatican II).

Everyone celebrates the Mass, and many of us are also called to serve as leaders of prayer at liturgy. Our diverse body of over 400 liturgical ministers serve faithfully and reverently in many roles, and you are invited to explore how you can best use your gifts to enhance worship at Saint Clement Church. Browse through the ministry descriptions, and consider which ministry may be the best fit for you. Contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch for more information.

Altar Servers 

Adults: Before Jesus ate and drank for the last time with his friends, he taught them a final lesson about service in the washing of the feet.  It was about hospitality and humility.  Altar Servers serve the assembly at the Eucharistic table by carrying the cross and candles in procession and assisting the presider at the liturgies. Adult Servers typically serve at the 7pm and 11:15 masses once or twice per month, plus Holy Days and occasional funerals. Adult servers are also welcome to assist at any Mass. Contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch. Read More.

Bread Bakers

Bread Bakers bake the Eucharistic bread for use at Mass. As stated in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, "The meaning of the sign demands that the material for the Eucharistic celebration truly have the appearance of food." By using bread lovingly prepared by the community, the labor of the faithful is indwelling in the bread, as well as the celebration. Bakers typically prepare the bread once per month and the recipe is supplied by the church. Please contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch.

Child Care Ministry

Many families attend our 9:30 masses each Sunday.  In order to support our parish families and help them to pray, we offer child care in the gym of Saint Clement Parish School for children ages 18 months through 3 years.  If you can contribute 1 1/2 hours on one Sunday per month, contact Maggie Hanley to get involved in this important ministry. Read more.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers help distribute the consecrated bread and wine to the community. As an extraordinary minister of communion, you are integral to the sacramental sharing that is the highlight of the Mass. Contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch.
* Age requirement: Confirmed Catholic, eighth grade and older.
* Commitment: one training session; serve on average one or two Sundays per month.

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Lectors

Lectors proclaim the Living Word of God. In many ways the lector sets the tone for the liturgy by preparing the stories from our long history. Contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch for more information.
* Age requirement: Confirmed Catholic, eighth grade and older; teacher recommendation required for teens.
* Commitment: two training sessions; serve on average one Sunday per month.

Liturgical Environmentalists

Liturgical Environmentalists enrich our worship space to reflect the liturgical season. In particular, many volunteers are needed to decorate for Easter and Christmas. Volunteers are also needed on a regular basis to water and maintain plants, and those good with a needle and thread are welcome to contribute their talents toward creating and maintaining some of our decorating fabrics, altar cloths, and albs. If you have passion and creativity for any of these areas, we need you! Contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch to get started.

Other Liturgical Service Opportunities

Throughout the year, extra liturgical ministers are needed to serve in liturgy. For Ash Wednesday, we need numerous volunteers to distribute ashes. During Holy Week, volunteers serve for Stations of the Cross, or during the Triduum as cross bearers or foot washers. We also need help with decorating the church for the Easter or Christmas Season.  If you are interested in serving in some capacity at liturgy, contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch.

Liturgy of the Word for Children

Liturgy of the Word for Children is available at the 9:30am Masses in both the church and chapel.  This important ministry invites children to participate in Sunday worship and hear a reflection at an age appropriate level. Read more.

Mass Coordinators

Mass Coordinators are needed for various Solemnities, celebration of the Sacraments, and especially during Holy Week. These individuals are confident with details and multitasking, can direct individuals with a kind a supportive demeanor, and help to maintain a calm and prayerful atmosphere, even during the most elaborate liturgical celebration. A confident coordinator is part stage director, but always a leader of prayer. If this describes your gifts, contact Flo Merkl-Deutsch and find out how you can contribute to the liturgical life of our parish.

Ministers of Hospitality/Ushers

Ministers of Hospitality are hosts who put a face onto the parish by being the first person to greet all who enter Saint Clement Church for the Sunday mass. Some who enter the church will be at home at Saint Clement, others may be visiting. It is you goal to make all of them comfortable. Read more.

Sacristans

Becoming a sacristan requires the most time commitment, but without a sacristan the liturgy simply would not happen! The sacristan prepares all of the items for liturgy, from cups and plates to vestments and lights, they assist in countless ways at the liturgy. Contact Flo Merk-Deutsch for more information.

  • Age requirement: Confirmed Catholic, high school and older; teacher recommendation required.  This ministry requires a high level of responsibility.  Parents may serve as sacristans with their older children as assistants.
  • Commitment: one training sessions plus shadowing of an experienced sacristan for two or three masses; serve on average one or two Sundays per month.

Thurifers

The thurifer helps to express adoration, prayer, and reverence before God. Psalm 141 describes incense as a symbol of prayer: "Let my prayer rise like incense before you." The use of incense helps our entire being to be more deeply engaged in liturgical prayer. The thurifer helps to engage all of our senses in prayer, heightening the solemnity of the liturgy. We use incense on feasts and solemnities. Read more.

Training Resources

Numerous resources for Liturgical Ministers are available for little or no cost, in electronic and in print form.  Here are some of the resources recommended by the staff of Saint Clement Parish.

  • Daily Readings online from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  • Give Us This Day is a daily reflection publication, published monthly, that integrates the daily readings and Morning & Evening Prayer with stories of the Saints and reflections by contemporary theologians and theologians from our rich Catholic history.
  • Liturgy Training Publications offers handbooks for liturgical ministers along with an abundance of other resources.

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