Feasibilty Study for Parish Center development and parish improvements
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Growing and Expanding Services

Our parish was established in July 2000. As followers of Jesus Christ, we take seriously his call to proclaim the Gospel to all the world. It is the nature of the Church to advance its mission by planning ahead for growth opportunities.

pre-2000  priests celebrated Sunday Masses for several years in neighboord center buildings in the retirement communities at Happy Trails, Arizona Traditions and Sun Village as part of Santa Teresita Parish in El Mirage. This group of founders started raising money for a permanent parish site.

2000 - The Diocese of Phoenix establsihed the new St Clare of Assisi Parish on July 1. Parishioners where united at Mass as priests gathered everyone every weekend for Mass at Kingswood Elementary School

2001 - Two modular facilities were constructed on our parish campus and a small parking lot was built.
          1) Multipurpose Building - used originally as a church and meeting hall
          2) Office Building with two conference rooms.
2006 - Groundbreaking ceremony for church and parking lot
2008 - Christmas Eve 4pm First Mass in the new church, bare floor, bare walls, temporary furniture
2010 - Dedication of the Church and Altar on Sunday after Easter. We finally had a permanent altar, ambo and baptismal font

2019 - Many new parish neighborhoods are popping up as the pace of home construction jumps throughout the area.

Statistical Notes

164 square miles within the parish boundaries, roughly Festival Ranch in Buckeye, to Wittmann to El Mirage and Waddell, but we draw people from much farther away and several other parish boundaries.
5,024 registered parish home
11,500 registered parishioners
Many public schools - 11+ from which we draw students and families
Many young families and teens are not being served well, lack of program space
Many retirees are active
Over 90 parish groups compete for very limited meeting space
30-35% of the parish is out of state or out of area during the summer heat
One hospital and one more under construction (Banner Del Webb, Abrazo)
Many assisted living facilities served by our Communion Visitors, clergy and staff
2 priests, 3 deacons, 12 lay staff crammed into tight office space

The Parish is very large and will be huge.

When is the next big event?
The answer is up to our parishioners. We hope in 2021 to move into our permanent Administration Offices, Parish Hall and Meeting Rooms and have expanded parking. 

We hired Ruotolo Associates to professionally assess the ability and willingness of parishioners to take on a large parish project to advance our mission to serve Catholics and visitors well into the future. They conducted personal interviews and focus groups of parishioners in May and June 2019. An in-pew survey will happen the weekedn of June 29 and 30.  A final report about this feasibility study will be prepared and later shared with the parish. We will then prepare future plans based on parishioner ability to give and willingness to share in this opportunity to advance the mission of Jesus Christ. 

Statement of Need

[1] The First Component of our fundraising objectives is for our parish facilities
  Parish Center
  Pews & Parking 
                       Estimate $4,500,000
  Loan Repayment 
                       Balance   $1,604,000

[2] The Second Component of our study concerns the current campaign in our diocese.
  Strengthen the Catholic community, parishes, schools and vocations.
  Together Let Us Go Forth ~ Juntos Sigamos Adelante
  Bishop Olmsted is asking from St Clare Parishioners:
            $1,561,758 collected over five years
             35% of this goal will stay in our parish

* TOTAL GOAL estimate  $7.7 millon

Master Plan: 
CCBG architects of Phoenix, AZ developed the site plan for us in 2007. 

The site plan gives a rough idea of our plans for continuing to serve Christ far into the future. We dream big and then take incremental steps to fulfill our mission as faithful disciples. 

The Vision
    Parish Center
    Elementary School
Our current modular buildings will be replaced by the school, (date unknown).
A new parish center will be attached to the church, extending out from the end of the corridor towards Bell Road. 
    Bell Road is shown on the top of the photo.
    Cotton Lane is shown on the right side of the photo.

Wish List  This list was posted 7/28/18. It is being updated as needed.

Parish Administration Offices
Reception Lobby, visitor chairs, reception Desk
Office Equipment Core
   Shared High Volumn Printer/Copier, Postage Meter, Cutting Boards,
   Project Table
   Extra desks for volunteers
Individual Offices for Priests and Deacons
   Pastor, Parochial Vicar
   Space for 2-4 deacons
Individual Pastoral Staff Offices
   Business Manager
   Liturgy and Sacred Music
   Pastoral Care Coordinator
   Formation Director
   Formation Youth Director
   Safe Environment Director
Staff Lunch Room, Coffee and Tea, Microwave, Water Cooler, Refrigerator
   Lunch table
Finance Office, Bookkeeper, Confidential Records
Storage Room for Parishioner Records
Janitorial Room
Staff Restrooms
Storage for Office Supplies, Mail and Shipping Delivery Room
Conference Rooms
   Large conference table for Staff Meetings, for Pastoral and Finance Council Meetings,
Meeting Parlors (2-3)
   Small rooms for bereaved families, funeral preparation, private counseling,
   for sacrament of confession 

Perpetual Adoration Chapel
Dignified Eucharistic Shrine for Monstrance
Pews with kneelers
Safe area with access to restrooms
Prayer Materials Shelves
KeyCode entrance lock

Meeting Areas
Various Size Rooms for:
Faith Formation Classes
Liturgy of the Word for Children
Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Sixth through Eighth Grace Middle School Program
Ninth through Twelfth Grade High School Program
Infant Baptism Preparation for Parents and Godparents
RCIA Becoming Catholic Program for Children, Teens, Adults
Child Care Area to Support Parents during Faith Formation, Mass, Events
Adult Faith Formation Study Group Spaces
Prayer Group Spaces
Retreat Group Spaces
Spaces for Organizations
Storage for Organizations
Storage for Formation Programs and Events
Parish Lending Library

Parish Hall
Entrance Lobby
Large Open Space for Social Events
Commercial Kitchen
Storage for Kitchen Equipment
Table and Chair Storage
Sound and Video Projection
Accessible Restrooms
Delivery Dock

St Vincent de Paul Society Service Center
Appointment area to meet with clients
Storage for Non-Perishable Food and Hygiene Donations

Area that unifies the hall, offices, meeting areas and church
Secure and well lighted
Covered Space for weekend activities
Shaded area for fundraising and info table and leaders

Parking Lot Addition
The water run-off retention basins on the southeast will be converted to parking with underground water retention.
Some other open space will provide some additional parking

God's home should reflect dignity and beauty and lift the human spirit



07/03/19 16:58:06 PM


Registered Homes

Total number of homes registered in our parish database

06/29/19 10:22:18 AM


Registered Members

Total Registered Parish Members


07/20/19 14:02:04 PM


Loan Progress Graph

Progress paying down loan for building church. Interest 4.256%


We need to pay off our loan mortgage but we also need to keep moving forward to meet current and future needs by providing better facilities to the many parish groups and individuals who are active in ministries, faith formation and worhip. We have the ability to do that if every parishioner contributes regularly. Jesus calls us to spread the Gospel, to everyone at every level of society and in every corner.

Fidelity to Christ means Building our Future Together.

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