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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.

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. 

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

See more on our page: Mass Intentions Online

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.

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

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has several collections during the year that fund ministries in our diocese. The Diocese also participates in several national collections which are determined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

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CDA Amount Raised

Charity & Dev 2021Appeal

St Clare 2021 Goal: $80,000 set by diocese. Starts 2/7/21


Another example is Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) which helps you redirect your annual ARIZONA state taxes to the Catholic school of your choice or to the CEA general tuition assistance fund. It costs you nothing more to give to CEA; you are simply taking what you would have paid to ARIZONA income tax and redirecting it to support children who otherwise could not afford to attend Catholic School in our diocese.

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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