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Children and Families

We are multi-generational and multi-cultural parish. 

CHILDREN are not just the future of the Church; they are also our precious gifts in our midst now. We bring them into the life of Christ and His Church through baptism and do our best to provide them with a personal relationship with Christ and with the community of faith. We lead them closer to Christ and His Church through the sacraments and parish life. You will find many mentions of programs for children throughout our website.  

Our ministry to children and youth is categorized into Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, Middle School and High School.

Children's Liturgy of the Word on Sunday.
Through most of the year, we provide special opportunities for the little children to hear God's Word during Sunday Mass. Due to COVID-19, we suspended our usual CLOW at the 11:00 Sunday Mass. Instead Brian Guillot prepares a video for children and parents on our YouTube channel. https://stclaresurpriseaz.flocknote.com/note/8676664
When COIVID-19 restrictions end, we plan to restore our service for children on our church property. In that case, our children from Kindergarten through Second Grade come forward to gather near the altar right before the Liturgy of the Word starts. Then one of the children carries the Children's Lectionary book to lead the procession to the Parish Hall for a sharing of the same readings, but at a children's level.  They return to the church during the Offertory of the Mass. 

We ask that children who are in in third grade and older remain in church because they are preparing for the Sacraments of Confirmation and their first Holy Communion.  Our bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix has specified that children are to be prepared to receive these two sacraments in the third grade. We know that this is a change for many people moving into the Phoenix area from other parts of the country, but this is the restored order of the Sacraments of Initiation following the pattern and practice of the early church at the beginning. Each bishop has the right to establish sacramental policies which best serve the needs of people he governs within his diocese. Get more information from the Diocese of Phoenix Sacramental Policies. You will also find answers there about Home Schooling.

Children from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.    We have a faith formation program called Disciples and we offer Vacation Bible School.  

Teens.  You will find information about programs for teens not only on our main parish website, here but also on their special website link given on those pages. scayouth.com

Young Adults.  Our young adults are encouraged to share as core team members in our ministry to children and teens, or in the parish choir, or in the many other ways to get involved in parish life. Some of our young adults also participate in the young adult events around the diocese or in the Catholic Newman Centers at the large campuses around Arizona such as ASU, NAU, and Grand Canyon University. There are several Catholic universities located in our region mostly around the east valley (Tempe). Find out more by going to Our Community tab or click our young adult's page here.

Parents.  You are the first educators in the ways of faith for your children and teens.  We want to do whatever we can to support you in your role as parents. It is such an awesome privilege to be co-creators with God of new lives. It brings many blessings and sometimes a few challenges which are only later recognized as blessings.  There is a world of resources on the internet for Catholic parents. We have YDisciple programs in our parish. To find out more go to scayouth.com

Older Adults.  We have many ways for older adults to be involved in our community life of worship, volunteer service, faith formation and social activities.  Please explore and discover the options shown throughout our website.  

Homebound or Hospitalized.  We have an active ministry of "Communion Visitors" to reach out to you when you cannot get to our parish campus. Laypersons can bring you regular Holy Communion and are happy to help arrange to get a priest to you when needed for the other sacraments of the sick, such as Confession and Anointing or final prayers for the dying.  Please see the information on this website under pastoral care, or give a call to the receptionist in the parish office at 623-546-3444. When the office is closed, listen to the recorded phone message for information about how to reach our live after-hours answering service who will track down an available priest in case of danger of death emergencies

Our Pastoral Team is always here to serve you. Please consult them if you have any questions about the above. The clergy and staff are here to serve you in the mission of Christ to His Church.

 

 

 

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