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ABOUT US


Christ is Our Savior.
We belong to the Mystical Body of Christ as Roman Catholic Christians.  We are faith-filled, but God is not finished with us. We rely on his grace and mercy to help us overcome our sins and evil in the world. 

The Holy Eucharist is the summit and font of our daily life.  We are privileged and obliged to participate in the Holy Mass every Sunday and other Holy Days throughout the year. We bring all of our joys, sorrows and needs to God and he nourishes us in his word and sacrament. 

We are an Active Family. We are ethnically and culturally diverse. We come from many states and from several countries. We are young and old, working adults, retirees and mobile seasonal parishioners.  There are many ways for you to get involved.

Legal
We have a Federal Tax ID number. (EIN/tax ID#: 35-2350848) We pay our share. We are a corporation in the State of Arizona.  Corporation Entity Number 14600298
   Our full legal corporation name is:
   St Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish Surprise
TAX RULING: The parish is a charitable institution, listed as a subordinate organization under the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Group Ruling (USCCB)
Go to our Legal Page for more detailed information.


Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce
We support our local chamber and community.  mem_stclarecc  


Our Parish History - a continuing story, updated with significant events.....  Read more


Boundaries
The Catholic Church utilizes parish boundaries to help us organize our ministries so that no one is without a flock and a shepherd. 
You are automatically a parishioner if you live in our section of God's earth. You are not required to register. However, registration helps us keep track of our parish family and makes it easier for us to plan parish programs. When we know something about you and your family and have your contact information, it is easier to reach out or to respond when you ask for help or need a letter of permission or recommendation.
The pastor of each parish is responsible for the souls of everyone in the parish (not just Catholic souls). That is a big responsibility. Pastors must get permission from pastors of other parishes in certain circumstances such as baptism or matrimony to assist persons who seek sacraments outside of their parish of residence.
Anyone is welcome to join our parish even if they do not live in the territorial boundaries of our parish. As long as you can transport yourself to our church, there are few issues. However, when you need us to make house-calls, then boundaries can help our parish or a neighboring parish serve you more effectively to bring pastoral care such as Holy Communion to the housebound. 
When you have a medical emergency or chronic illness.
When you are in a hospital or need a house-call, the priests, deacons or Communion visitors closest to your location can normally get to you more quickly.  Minutes can matter in life and death situations. Priests provide the last rites. Therefore they normally do not travel far outside of the parish boundaries. They need to be ready for local emergencies as well as their other appointments.  (Last Rites consist of Confession, Anointing, Communion, Apostolic Pardon and Prayers for the Dying or of the Deceased -whichever of these are possible given the status of the person.)  

Interactive Map of our parish 
Use your mouse, cursor or fingers to zoom, or use tools in the margin and header.

 

Another Interactive Map
Here is a sketch of the neighborhoods around us. The geographic areas are named to help distinguish areas but are not necessarily official subdivision names. We made this map to help our ministry team and parishioners understand the people we serve.

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATED:
12/08/20 12:02:28 PM

5,087

Registered Homes

Total number of homes registered in our parish database

UPDATED:
12/08/20 12:03:08 PM

11,510

Registered Members

Total Registered Parish Members

 

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