St. Clare Church

Stewardship ministries

All that I possess – my character, my health, my wealth, my time – come from God and belong to God. This is the fundamental meaning of stewardship: Everything belongs to God.

 

The U.S. Catholic bishops said in Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response: “A Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to the Lord.”

 

At St. Clare Church, stewardship is a way in which we come together to share our gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure. Hopefully, as you read through the following stewardship ministry descriptions, something will draw your interest which may invite you to become more involved. Or, if you think of another stewardship activity, we would love to hear from you.

 

Parishioners interested in becoming part of any of these ministries are encouraged to contact the parish office. For those ministries which require some training, sessions are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Many ministries meet monthly. Please consult the bulletin for date and time.


  • Helping Hands


    Mission: The Helping Hands Ministry reaches out to those who are needy, elderly, sick or in need of bereavement consolation. This ministry meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 4 pm in the Parish Center. Please feel free to come to these meetings; new faces are always welcome!  


    Some of the services provide by the Helping Hands Ministry include:


    Prepare and serve meals at the Warm Shelter

    Coordinate and distribute St. Nicholas Day Kits and "Adopt-a-Family" gifts to community outreach agencies during Advent and on Holy Thursday

    Provide weekly visitation with residents at Watch Hill Care & Rehabilitation Center

    Prepare meals for seriously ill parishioners

    Provide helping hands to the Prayer Shawl Ministry which reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace.

    Send sympathy cards to grieving families

    Prepare and present fleece "Blankets of Care" to family members of deceased parishioners

    Develop an ongoing plan of support for one year for bereaved families

    Hold Women's Monthly Bereavement Fellowship Breakfast

    Initiate Men's Grief Support Group


  • Respect Life

    Mission: The Respect Life Ministry helps the parish live the Gospel of Life by promoting and protecting the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.  

    We accomplish this mission through prayer and education, and we foster public awareness through other activities, especially during October, which is Respect Life Month.  


    We offer the Rosary before the Blessed Sacrament, for an end to abortion, on the first Friday of every month at 7:30 am. Please join us.

  • hospitaltiy


    Mission: The Hospitality Ministry provides a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere for members of the St. Clare community, visitors, and new parishioners to meet and interact with one another in a positive way. This ministry provides opportunities to promote parish fellowship and, when necessary, assist the Pastor with special events. 


    Established activities include,

    Weekly Coffee Hour - every Wednesday morning following 8 AM Mass

    Sunday Coffee Hour - one Sunday per month following the 8 AM and 10 AM Mass during the summer months

    Parish Picnic - provide help with set-up and provide and serve desserts

    Pot Luck Dinner - Held once a year in mid-winter

    Mardi Gras - Coordinate and provide a breakfast celebration after the 8 AM Mass on the Tuesday morning before Ash Wednesday

  • liturgical ministries


    Mission: The extraordinary ministers of Communion bring the Eucharist to all members of the St. Clare community.


    At Mass: The church uses extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist at Mass to assist in the distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ to the gathered assembly. For ministry at Mass, there is usually one training session of about one hour. Our goal is to have people assigned once a month to the Mass, and at a time of their choice.


    Ministry to the Homebound:

    We bring Communion on Sunday morning to the elderly, the sick and the homebound. At the present time, there are two routes for private homes. We also visit residents at the Watch HIll Care and Rehab Center and The Clipper Home.


    For ministry at the nursing homes or private homes, there is an additional one-hour training session. The new minister would then go along with an experienced person to either the nursing homes or private homes to learn the procedures and routes. Our goal is to have people assigned once a month. The home visits should take no more than one and a half hours, even with some 'socialization' time, to which the homebound clearly enjoy.


    During Lent, we accompany Father on visits to the homebound, offering Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing, furthering their connection with our parish family.


    At Nursing Homes:

    We have a Mass at each of the nursing homes every other month. During the Mass, all Catholic patients are anointed, and any Catholics that cannot physically attend the Mass are offered Communion and Anointing in his/her room. On Ash Wednesday, ashes are offered to all patients and staff.  


    You can choose to serve in the areas that interest you the most.


    See the Church Calendar for Eucharistic Ministry schedule.

  • lector

    Mission: Inspired by an ever deeper appreciation of the nobility and richness of the word of God, it is the Lector's honor to deliver the words of scripture with care to the assembly.  


    Lectors at St. Clare enjoy a special function. Their ministry is to reach out to every person in the assembly and insure that God's word is heard by all. The Word should be pronounced clearly and with excitement, enthusiasm, understanding and joy. While reading at Mass is not theatre, this ministry does require projection, timing and appropriate emphasis.


    See the Church Calendar for the Lector Schedule.

  • Sacristan

    Mission: The sacristan prepares all liturgical details before Mass and assists the Celebrant with all necessary requirements during Mass.


    These duties include,

    Preparing the church before the liturgy, including the lighting and sound system

    Preparing the Offertory gifts

    Preparing everything necessary for the distribution of the Eucharist to the sick

    Assisting the deacon, lectors and altar servers with their preparation

    Distributing the church bulletin at the conclusion of the liturgy

    Preparing for the succeeding liturgy,if applicable

    Lighting incense and additional duties at certain times of the liturgical year

  • music

    Mission: The music ministry prepares and provides music that will enhance the celebration of the Liturgy, and that will enourage the assembly to sing and praise the Lord, thus deepening their liturgical prayer.


    The choir practices every Thursday evening from 6-7:30 pm in the church loft, under the thoughtful direction of Parish Organist and Music Director, Bruce Coon. Singers and instrumentalists are always welcome. New members are encouraged to join this very loving music family, and help praise God through song.

  • Building and grounds


    BUILDING & GROUNDS:


    Mission: The Building and Grounds Ministry assist the pastor in providing or obtaining maintenance of the parish buildings and grounds, including painting, carpentry, masonry, gardening, landscaping, and monitoring the heating and cooling system.


    On the first Friday of each month or as otherwise scheduled, provide a group of volunteers to clean the church, including vacuuming, dusting, and polishing.



    LITURGICAL ENVIRONMENT


    Mission: The Liturgical Environment Ministry creates a liturgically harmonious atmosphere within the Church for our seasonal celebrations of worship.


    Since the implementation of our new name, we have grown from a simple altar decorating group to a total Church Environment Ministry, broadening our sights to encompass all of the Church. All of our hard-working members contribute their unique talents and gifts to create an inspiring and exciting atmosphere for the ever-changing Liturgical calendar. 

  • altar servers

    Mission: Altar Servers celebrate the Mass from a privileged perspective, assisting in the Church's celebration of Eucharistic sacraments.


    These duties inlcude,

    Assist the Celebrant during Mass with holy water, incense, crucifix, etc.

    Assist the Celebrant during Mass by providing the text, prayers and announcements

    Assist the Celebrant during the Liturgy of the Eucharist with the washing of the hands, wine and water cruets, and bell ringing.

    Serve with our Bishop during the celebration of Confirmation

    Serve at parish weddings or funerals, as needed.


    Preparation classes for Altar Servers are conducted by the Pastor and Deacon on an as- needed basis. New servers are paired with senior servers during the first few months of service, and new servers can expect to serve one Mass every 4-5 weeks.


    Altar Serving is a great opportunity to share a faith commitment with the entire community of St. Clare Parish in a very active and defined way.

  • scheduling

    Mission: The scheduling ministers are responsible for the smooth scheduling and certain coverage of all Masses.


    Each weekend and holy day Mass requires the presence of two Lectors, two Altar Servers, and five Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. On Sunday four more Eucharistic Ministers are sent to the private homes and the nursing homes. This represents over 30 people to be assigned each weekend, and requires a tremendous amount of organization and scheduling. People's Mass time preferences, vacations, part-time residency, family obligations and choir participation are all taken into consideration. Once the schedules are created they must be distributed and occasional last minute changes dealt with. Thankfully, the computer age helps to lighten this onerous task, but does not eliminate it. People with an affinity for this type of work are always encouraged to participate.

  • Ushering and Counting

    Mission: The word “stewardship” is the English translation of a Greek term formed

    from two words: “manage” and “house.” A steward is someone who manages

    someone else’s house and its possessions.

    An important part of “managing” God’s house is to make sure that it is provided for

    financially. In the spirit of stewardship, both our ushers and our counters perform this

    role. Ushers can be assigned to the Mass at the times of their choice.

    Collection counters assemble in the Rectory basement after the 8 AM Mass on

    Mondays and on the days immediately following Holy Days when a collection has

    been taken.



  • Prayer Ministry

    Mission: The ministers of prayer pray for the intentions of all those who ask for prayers, either in the St. Clare parish community or elsewhere. 

    We pray in church, before, during and after daily or weekend Masses, in our homes, cars, wherever we are. As often as we can find the time to do so. We are informed of the requests in the Book of Intentions at church or requested personally by phone. The ministers of prayer are then contacted by e-mail or phone.  


    We are asked to pray for families in crises, for newborns with specific medical needs, for people facing surgery, for people in depression, for people out of work, for people  needing guidance, for a family member in the armed services stationed throughout  the world. We receive dozens of new requests every week.

Ushering & Counting


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