The Worship Ministries provide services at the Liturgy that will enhance and encourage participation by the whole parish community at the celebration of the Eucharist.
Opportunities To Serve
Altar servers assist the priest at the celebration of the Mass. This ministry is available to boys and girls from 5th grade through high school from both St. Cletus School and the St. Cletus Religious Education program. Training is provided through the parish. Servers follow a schedule that closely fits their availability of time and commitment. We encourage continued participation by our young people throughout high school.
Careful and thoughtful preparation, following liturgical guidelines, is collaborated through dedicated ministers who possess art and environment skills. They contribute to the artistic arrangement of the altar, sanctuary, and church interior during the seasons of the Church year. Time commitment varies by seasons of the Church year.
Do not let the title of this ministry daunt you. “Extra-ordinary” refers to those who are not ordained (priests/deacons) – those outside those who are ordained – the laity. It is also not a question of “worthiness”. We know that none of us is worthy as we say before receiving Communion. It is a response to the call of assisting the priest in the privilege of distributing Holy Communion at all celebrations of the Eucharist. Training and formation are provided through the parish. This ministry is available to all Confirmed parishioners, age 16 years and older. Ministers follow a schedule that closely fits their availability of time and commitment. Since there are multiple Masses and Communion stations at each Mass, there is always a need for ministers.
Lectors proclaim the Word of God. Proper formation and training for this ministry is provided to interested candidates who are invited into a deeper experience of God through Scripture. Candidates are given a guidebook with all the yearly readings in order to reflect on and prepare for each liturgy. This ministry is available to all parishioners, including qualified junior high students who have been confirmed and trained. Lectors also follow a schedule based on their availability.
Green thumbs needed for this ministry. Our plants, and occasionally the flowers that adorn the church, need tender care and nurturing (watering). Depending on the season & number of plants, this would require a time commitment of an hour once a week.
Helping with the upkeep of the church: pew dusting, straightening the books/hymnals in the pews, and the replacement of the vigil candles are facets of this ministry. Training is minimal and the time commitment would be about an hour twice a week. Ideally a commitment might be 1x or 2x a month dependent on number of volunteers available to rotate.
This ministry is often the first encountered by parishioners when they enter the worship environment. Ushers are ministers of hospitality who greet, answer questions, seat, recruit gift bearers, take up collections and assist with the Communion procession. Training is provided through the parish. This ministry is available to all parishioners, including our youth. Frequency of participation is dependent on number of volunteers.
The Wedding Ministry organizes the rehearsal night and assists the couple with last minute decisions. They set up the church on the wedding day and try to keep everyone calm so the wedding flows smoothly.
Time commitment – 3 hrs. per wedding (including rehearsal)