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Memorial Gifts

Leave a Legacy 
Sustain Parish Life

Many of our parishioners have already left us a legacy of faith by contributing to the construction of the church building to serve the faith needs of this community now and for many generations to come. Likewise, many people have also contributed to the sacred art in the church which educates and inspires us. You, too, can leave a legacy of faith when memorial opportunities arise. There will always be something that the parish needs as the parish continues to grow. Stay tuned here as we present those ideas to you.

 • Ways to Give • 

Online Giving

For more information about our online giving portal with Faith Direct, Click here

Together Go Forth Capital Campaign

This is a special campaign for which donations are handled through the Office of Mission Advancement for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. We support the Bishop's goal for our parish and combine our efforts to build a Parish Activities Center. For information, click here.

Parish Endowment Fund

Fund Name: St. Clare of Assisi Parish Endowment Fund
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Estate Donations and Stocks

These are a great blessing to your parish. If you would like to leave a bequest to the parish of property or stock, please speak to our parish business manager, Christine Spiehs. Her direct line is 623-975-5601.

 Stock Example: 

  1. Go to or call your Morgan Stanley office.
  2. Tell them you want to transfer $3,000 to St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish Surprise
  3. On the memo line of the check, indicate it is for our Parish Activities Center.
  4. If you need our Tax ID number for reference and legal corporation name, they are shown below on this page.  The page address to bring you back to this information is:

Year-end Giving
Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)

If you make a contribution out of your IRA directly to the parish, you can avoid paying income taxes on the amount. You can arrange this with your financial advisor and we can help you set this up for your IRA or 401k.
Read RMD here

Memorial Gift Opportunities

We currently do not have a list of items, but we will post them here when we have something to ask of you. The only memorials currently are through the Knights of Columbus Council at St. Clare for the Prayer Garden shown below. 

Prayer Garden to Honor the Unborn

We encourage you to show your witness to the sanctity of life of all children who died in the womb by miscarriage or through an abortion. We have started our prayer garden and are expanding it as bricks are sponsored. Please see the details on the downloadable form. The inscriptions need to be brief and to make reference to the purpose of this memorial which is to honor deceased children. As Catholic Christians our hope is in the Lord who made heaven and earth all creatures and who takes the holy souls to heaven. The souls of the children live on. They do not become angels, but rather are joined to the communion of saints and now share in the eternal joys of all faithful departed souls. They do not need our prayers, but we pray for the parents, grandparents and others who carry the grief of having lost a dear little child before they ever had the chance to know the child. We pray also for those who sadly chose to end the life of an unborn child or to terminate their pregnancy. We hope our small prayer garden will bring solace to those who need our love and support. 

    Prayer Brick Request Form (PDF) download and printY

Memorial Donor Recognition Books and Plaques

Take a look at the memorial books that we have in the church under the plaques across from the water drinking fountains in the lobby (narthex). Our memorial books are also available online by going to the top menu bar under the Stewardship tab. Look for Donor Recognition Books

Contributions are !! tax deductible !! as allowed by law to:

"St Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish Surprise"
17111 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374

Our EIN/tax ID number:    35-2350848

St Clare Parish is an Arizona Domestic Nonprofit Corporation

We are listed by the Arizona Corporation Commission
Entity ID:        14600298
Entity Type:    Domestic Nonprofit Corporation
Original Incorporation Date: 7/1/2008
Business Type:   RELIGIOUS

Our Federal Identification

For the Federal Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
Our Employer Identification Number: 35-2350848 (for tax purposes and business identification)

Tax and Group Ruling

St Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Parish is a charitable institution, listed as a subordinate organization under the USCCB Group Ruling which is specified in the annual Group Ruling determination letter issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops ("USCCB") by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") with respect to the federal tax status of subordinate organizations listed in the newest edition of the Official Catholic Directory ("OCD"). This Group Ruling determination letter is important for establishing:
(1) exemption of subordinate organizations under the USCCB Group Ruling from federal income tax, and
(2) deductibility of contributions to such organization for federal income, gift, and estate tax purposes.
Contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law !!

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    What shall I render to the LORD 
      for all his bounty to me? 

Psalm 116:12
The Holy Bible, Revised Standard Version; Second Catholic Edition.
(San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2006)


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