When we speak of the Liturgy Ministries such as proclaimers of the word, people who welcome us to church and servers to assist the priest, we articulate ways the members of the church take on specific tasks to build God’s Kingdom and bring someone closer to Jesus. This is the opportunity to be of service to the whole faith community. Children, women, and men who have answered a call in their lives, step forth and offer their skills in service to the public worship of the community.
This commission is composed of members of church at large and representatives from each ministry. Our purpose is to advise the pastor in matters and policy relating to the liturgical life and spirit of the church community. This includes prayer, public worship, songs and environment. Working in consultation with all liturgical ministries within the church, this committee has a primary responsibility for preparation and evaluation of the seasons and events of the liturgical year. Preparation is carried out in a manner that makes each liturgy a spiritual and communal celebration. The committee interacts with all committees in order to best meet the needs of all, and is responsible for fostering education and the prayer life of the church community. This committee meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the rectory.
The altar servers are present to assist the pastor and congregation at the Eucharistic celebration.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Lay members of the church, who assists the pastor and deacon, administer the distribution of Communion at Eucharistic liturgies and to bring communion to the sick.
A lector is one who proclaims the word of God during the Eucharistic liturgy.
The liturgical dancers, third grade to adult, gather the congregation in a spirit of worship and praise.
Ministers of Hospitality
Hospitality ministers greet and welcome all who participate in our Eucharistic celebrations, help find available seats, take up the collection and ensure its safekeeping.
Bereavement ministry renders support to families who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We offer consolation through prayer, cards and special Eucharistic liturgies.
The Ladies’ Sodality possesses an ardent devotion, reverence and love for the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The proper physical environment is an essential part of good liturgy.
Eucharistic Bread Bakers
The liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council are imbued with an appreciation of sacramental signs. As this appreciation permeated local churches, parish communities began baking their own bread for special Eucharist.
The choir assists the worshiping community in singing and praising God.
Family Life Commission helps all parishioners understand the importance of family (i.e., extended, church, local, community and global). It promotes the teaching mission of family to our church community. Additionally, it has the responsibility of developing, promoting, and evaluating programs on family life with the Archdiocese and the parish staff. Meetings are held every first Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the rectory.
Call the parish office at (504) 822-8059 for more information.
Youth Night gives our youth an opportunity to interact with each other in a positive atmosphere. Topics are presented through prayer, games, rap sessions, and skits. Outings are encouraged to provide additional fellowship opportunities. Contact the parish office for more information.
Reinforced Spirituality – Rite of Passage
Our church provides a spiritual “boost” through our own St. Peter Claver Conference that is held in September. This conference has a component especially geared for youth in 6th through 12th grade. Opportunities to attend power packed faith events are announced in the church bulletin. Contact the parish office for more information.
Rites of Passage
The women of Nia-Imani and the men of UMOJA accept the challenge to guide our young adults. Games, outings, prayer, and fellowship are just a few of the tools used to help our young people grow in every way. Contact the parish office for more information.
Sports – Summer Camp
Basketball, flag football and volleyball are offered and coached by volunteers. The Archdiocese’s Catholic Youth Organization provides the opportunities for our youth to develop their athletic skills through competition in sports activities. Contact the parish office for more information.
Opportunities are provided for academic instruction in the morning. In addition sports, games, field trips, and swimming are just a few of the activities that are offered. Participants for this camp range from kindergarten to the beginning of seventh grade. This camp is approximately six weeks long and begins early June to mid July. Camp hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration and tuition fees are required. Contact the parish office for more information.
Seeks to address the spiritual and emotional needs of incarcerated parishioners and their families as well as those parishioners who have been victims of crime.
St. Peter Claver is a member of the Micah Project, a faith-based organization working to unlock the power of people living in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Micah Project is an affiliate of PICO LIFT, a statewide organization with members in Baton Rouge, New Roads, New Iberia and Thibodaux and PCIO National Network with affiliates in seventeen states.
St. Peter Claver Local Organizing Ministry has over eighteen years of experience developing leaders through the PICO Organizing Model to create solutions that address crime, affordable housing, education and healthcare issues within the Tremé/Lafitte and Tulane/Gravier neighborhoods. As leaders, we believe the following:
- We BELIEVE in putting faith into action and that there is no place in our community for violence on the streets.
- We BELIEVE that there is power in the relationships we form with our Public Officials and that we can change the conditions in our community.
- We BELIEVE that businesses should respect life, promote positive growth and be held accountable to the community.
- We BELIEVE that our families have a right to sit on their porches and walk our neighborhood in safety.
- We BELIEVE empowerment is developmental and together we can make a difference.