Ministries & Committees

JOHN CANDLES

Altar Servers

The Altar Servers assist the celebrant in the celebration of the Eucharist as well as other Rites and ceremonies.  They have a unique position unlike any other in the Church in that they are intimately involved in the preparation of the Eucharist.  At St. Clare we use children who have received first communion all the way up to adults to serve as Altar Servers.  The children are generally used for the Sunday mass while adults are used for Saturday mass and events throughout the week.  We are attempting to have organized training sessions as well as training materials so as to have the members comfortable with the duties they will be performing.  The Altar Server Ministry is always looking for new members.  They can contact Marc Bramlage at (859) 979-3414, mmbramlage@windstream.net or by leaving a message at the parish office indicating their interest in becoming an Altar Server.

Bereavement

The St. Clare Bereavement Committee is responsible for providing comfort and hospitality for a family experiencing the loss of a loved one.  Committee members will organize a reception/luncheon for family and friends following a funeral or memorial service, if this is requested by the family.  It involves helping to contact parishioners to inform them of the funeral service and reception, setting up the Friendship Hall, organizing food for the potluck reception, serving and cleaning up the Hall.

This committee will also provide a follow up ministry for the bereaved family with contacts to family members, if this is desired by the family.

Currently, there are 18 members of this committee and at this time the contact person is Cora LePorin, 606-256-4682, 6723 Wildie Road, Mt. Vernon, Ky 40456.

Christmas Baskets

The Christmas Basket ministry accepts donations of food and toys in December for distribution to local families in need. Parishioners choose which family size they would like to provide for, sign up for that family size, and shop for the food list that corresponds to the family size that is chosen. Then, just drop off the food at the announced drop-off time. Volunteers are also needed during the drop off time to help unload and carry food baskets. During the day of distribution, volunteers are also needed to help distribute the baskets.

Jon Pryor is the contact person for Christmas Baskets. Announcements will be made in December to solicit donors and volunteers.

Families in need of help at Christmas should contact the parish office at (859) 986-4633.

Confirmation Formation

Confirmation Formation at St. Clare’s Parish is a two year process, currently involving Deacon John Roche and Pat Calie as the primary facilitators. We typically enroll students in the 6th through 8th grades in Confirmation preparation, after they have matriculated through the CCD classes. This is the final formal experience in religious formation for our youth.
In the Fall/Winter sessions of the first year we examine the nature of God, Old Testament messianic prophecies, and the expression of God’s love for his people as revealed through selected Old Testament readings. The Winter/Spring sessions are devoted to an examination of the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament. In the second year, we first examine the beliefs and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church through the Catechism and explore our belief and faith traditions. The second phase of the second year focuses on our practices, e.g. the Mass, our prayers and worship rituals, and symbolism in the Church.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Confirmation process is encouraged to contact either Deacon John at jroche@cdlex.org or Pat Calie (986-9715).

Extraordinary Ministers

“In every celebration of the Eucharist, there should be a sufficient number of ministers of Holy Communion so that it may be distributed in a reverent and orderly manner. Bishops, priests and deacons distribute Holy Communion in virtue of their office as ordinary ministers of the Body and Blood of the Lord. (1) When the size of the congregation or the incapacity of the bishop, priest, or deacon requires it, the celebrant may be assisted by other bishops, priests, or deacons. If such ordinary ministers of Holy Communion are not present, “the priest may call upon extraordinary ministers to assist him, i.e., duly instituted acolytes or even other faithful who have been deputed for this purpose. In case of necessity, the priest may also depute suitable faithful for this single occasion (GIRM 162).”

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should receive sufficient spiritual, theological, and practical preparation to fulfill their role with knowledge and reverence. In all matters they should follow the guidance of the diocesan bishop ( Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion Under Both Kinds for the Dioceses of the United States of America, NDRHC, no. 28). When recourse is had to Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, especially in the distribution of Holy Communion under both kinds, their number should not be increased beyond what is required for the orderly and reverent distribution of the Body and Blood of the Lord. In all matters such Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion should follow the guidance of the diocesan bishop (IBID).” Source: usccb.org

Those interested in appointment to become an Extraordinary Minister should contact Fr. Michael at 859-986-4633.

Lectors

Lectors are charged with reading sacred scripture during the Liturgy of the Word, reading the first and second readings, as well as the psalm in absence of a music minister. The lectors also carry in the Gospel and read the intercessory prayers, except for at Masses with a deacon present.

Those interested in becoming lectors should contact Fr. Michael at 859-986-4633.

Liturgy Committee

The Liturgy Committee assists the pastor, parish staff and worshipping community with the planning and preparation/coordination of liturgies, both in the regular calendar and those for special occasions. This includes planning the environment for worship, arranging for the coordination of liturgical ministries/roles, making decisions about options within the liturgy, etc. The committee evaluates liturgies and reflects upon needed catechesis for the community and training for liturgical ministers.

Some leaders/facilitators of essential groups are automatically members of the committee: pastor, pastoral associate, music director, those in charge of lectors, servers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, intercession writers, and sacristans. Parish Council designates one member to serve on the liturgy committee as liaison. The Hispanic community designates a representative. Other parishioners’ input is welcome; what is needed is a love for and willingness to learn about the liturgy, respect for the liturgical law and practice of the church, and the willingness to help think through practical, spiritual, and esthetic issues related to the liturgy.

The Liturgy Committee meets on the second Thursday of the month (except June/July) in the parish office at 6:30 pm.
Contact person: Katherine Christensen

Men’s Cooking Ministry:

Cooking like Hell to get to Heaven

St. Clare Men’s Cooking Ministries is made up of parish men that come together when called upon to cook for church activities.  We have no scheduled meeting dates and no criteria for membership beyond being an adult male at St. Clare.  Our activities include: Lenten Fish Fry’s; Church picnics; Parish celebrations.

When called upon to cook, an email is sent to all the parish men that are on the list. If you are interested in being involved please click here to contact Ben Wilcox.

Parish Council

The St. Clare Parish Council is an advisory body. The purpose of this council shall be to advise the pastor of the parish in the administration of parish affairs. (Final decisions in parish affairs are at the discretion of the pastor.)  The parish council is a representative body of the parish.  Its purpose is, through cooperation and collaboration with the Pastor, religious, and lay members of St. Clare Catholic Church, to support the mission of the Church on the local level.

There will be annual openings for Parish Council Seats every June.  Nominations are requested in early May of each year, with elections (if necessary) the first week of June.

The Parish Council meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM.  Other meetings may be called on an ad hoc basis.

For more information, please contact Fr. Michael Flanagan at 859-986-4633.

Right of Christian Initiation of Adults

The focus of The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Clare is to provide a time of instruction, and discernment for those possibly interested in coming into full communion with the Catholic Church or for those who seek more information about the Catholic Church. These individuals are supported through study of Sacred Scripture and The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults as well as support of a sponsor with whom they are able to ask additional questions and process information studied in the group sessions. Emphasis is placed on the Creed, Sacraments, Christian morality, and prayer. This group is led by a RCIA team typically consisting of the pastor, pastoral associate, and Janey West, lay leader.
Needs for this group include sponsors (a Catholic in good standing with the Church) and occasionally guest speakers. Minimal financial support is needed for purchase of the textbook, Bible, and food for receptions on the day of the individuals’ entry into the Church.

RCIA is year round and individuals may join at any time of the year and enter the Church when the individual and pastor feel they are ready. The group meets once a week for roughly an hour at a time best for the participants and team. Currently we meet at the church office on Thursday from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. The best way to get in contact with the group is to contact Janey West at 606-875-9513 or janeywest@roadrunner.com, or to contact Fr. Michael Flanagan or Dcn. John Roche at jroche@cdlex.org

Rosary

For more than 20 years, parishioners have gathered to say the rosary at 6:30 pm on Saturdays, right before the 7pm Vigil Mass.

The word rosary comes from Latin and means a garland of roses, the rose being one of the flowers used to symbolize the Virgin Mary. The rosary is a devotion in honor of the Virgin Mary. It consists of a set number of specific prayers. First are the introductory prayers: one Apostles’ Creed (Credo), one Our Father (the Pater Noster or the Lord’s Prayer), three Hail Mary’s (Ave’s), one Glory Be (Gloria Patri).

Anyone is welcome to come pray the rosary at 6:30 pm on Saturdays.

St. Clare Guild

The St. Clare Guild has been helping financially take care of the Monsignor Beiting Friendship Hall for several years. Their biggest fundraiser is the Christmas Bizarre. The group meets every Tuesday at 9:30 am in the Friendship Hall beginning in August and takes any willing volunteer. The group also asks that everyone would support the Christmas Bizarre by donating food and items to sell and buying things at the event. . Contact Rita Brockmeyer at 859-248-7575 for further information.

St. Clare Social Justice Committee

The purpose and activity of the St. Clare Social Justice Committee (formerly known as the Social Ministry Committee) is best reflected in its mission statement:

“The St. Clare Church Social Justice Committee has as its foundation the Baptismal call received by each of us to participate in bringing about the reign of God. Catholic social teaching has developed through an understanding of Old and New Testament Scripture. The mission of the Social Justice Committee is to assist parishioners to understand and act upon this rich tradition. Action is directed in the distinct but complementary areas of direct service to the poor, peace and social justice, and legislative advocacy to impact public policy to reflect Gospel values.”
–adapted from Parish Social Ministry: Strategies for Success by Tom Ulrich

The group generally meets monthly with some flexibility based upon urgency of issues. For information please contact

Nancy Ryan at 858-985-5864 or nancyryan2007@windstream.net.

Scouting

Pack 516 meets at St Clare church on Tuesdays from 6:30 till 7:30 when school is in session. Contact Gary Scarlett at 859-986-0383 for more information.

Sunday Snacks

Sunday Snacks are available after the 9am Mass on Sunday. The snacks are free of charge, continuing a tradition that St. Clare’s founder, Fr. Ralph Beiting, began. Volunteers take their scheduled turn providing snacks to eat. The group tries to have a low impact on the environment by using reusable utensils, plates, and cups. Contact Rita Brockmeyer at 859-248-7575 to sign up to bring snacks.

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