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The parishioners and visitors are given opportunities through St Clare of Assisi Parish special collections to make financial donations to various charitable causes.  These are made either during Mass in the collection baskets, online, by mail or by walking into the parish office.

We only pass the collection basket down the pew rows once at Mass in order to keep it simple and avoid prior problems with first and second collection baskets getting out of order.  Please use the special envelopes for special funds or make your intention clear on your memo line on your check. Special collections will be announced in the bulletin and the particular envelope will be available in the narthex/lobby of the church one or two weeks prior to the actual special collection and on the date of the collection.  (examples: Loan Repayment Collection, Special Needs Collection, St Vincent de Paul Collection, Peter's Pence Collection, Sanctity of Life Collection etc.)

Plate Collection

The name "plate collection" is often used to refer to the "first collection" or to the general needs collection. It is used to pay the ordinary monthly expenses such as salaries, utilities, insurance, bishop's assessment, etc.

Loan Repayment Collection

This is often named "the building fund" or mortgage repayment or loan reduction or debt reduction. Terms can be confusing but people use all different language here.  In our parish we use "loan repayment collection" to refer to the collection to pay down the mortgage on our worship building, i.e. "the church" itself.  We report the status of the loan repayment on this website.

Mass Intentions

We open our Mass Calendar to requests at the start of October every year.

Catholics have long had the tradition of praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. We offer Mass intentions for our loved ones who have gone before us, for the repose of their souls and to help them on their journey through purification and satisfaction for their sins and joyful entrance into eternal life in heaven.  We also offer Masses for wedding anniversaries, people who are ill, birthdays or other special intentions. 

The number of Mass for the year is limited and thus, in order to make it possible to give every parishioner an opportunity to request a Mass intention, we set limits to just a few Mass requests per person when they come into the parish office to speak to the receptionist and look for meaningful dates of available Masses. Please be mindful of this and share these opportunities with other parishioners.  You can name several people or your entire family when requesting a Mass intention.  Our diocese does not allow us to combine multiple intentions from multiple donors. We also block out some Masses during the year so that we can offer an opening to people who had a recent death in their family.  Please call our office if you have questions.

We prefer that you come into the office if possible so that we can look at the calendar together.  It is customary to make a monetary "Mass Offering" when you schedule Mass intentions. The Mass is priceless, so we do not put an exact amount on the Mass. We cannot "buy" a Mass, but your Mass offering helps the ministerial works of the parish.

Diocesan Collections

One annual example of this is the bishop's Charity and Development Appeal (CDA)

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CDA Amount Raised

Charity&Dev-Appeal 2020

Number of Gifts 421. St Clare 2020 Goal: $80,000 set by diocese.


Another example is Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) which helps you redirect your annual state taxes to the Catholic school of your choice or to the CEA general tuition assistance fund.

National Collections (USCCB)

The national collections are established through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and information is available on their page at  

The USCCB National Collections Committee provides their "Mandate and Goals" on their page. Read More

Emergency Response Collections

These come up as disasters take place such as floods, fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes. Assistance is often given through Catholic Charities or other organizations of the Catholic Church or by The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix


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