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Sick, Homebound, or in Prison

Priests, Deacons, Staff and Volunteers

Our priests, deacons, staff and volunteer are happy to assist all those who come to our doors, enter our church or participate in our programs. We also want to help those who are unable to get to us. We are blessed to be able to send people to care for those who are ill or homebound without transportation or who are in prison.


EMERGENCIES: When a person is nearing death or in danger of dying...

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions sometimes make it very difficult or even impossible for the priest to visit.

Please contact us to arrange for a priest to bring the sacraments of the sick when the person is able to participate. When the sick person is still able to speak and swallow, he or she is able to fully participate and this can bring great comfort.  The person can go to Confession, be Anointed and swallow Viaticum/Holy Communion). If the sick person has lost the ability to go to confession or recieve Communion, the priest can still administer the Anointing with the Holy Oil and lead the Prayers for the Dying. Sacraments are only for the living. When a person has died, the priest can still offer the prayers for the dead.

The best time to arrange a priest visit is before the final days of life. 
Confession, Anointing, Communion, Apostolic Pardon, Prayers and Last Blessing are available.

It is always best to set up an appointment with the priest to visit the person while they are still verbal and able to swallow, so that they can go to confession, pray, be anointed and swallow Holy Communion. Therefore, if you can, please call us before the last moments of life.

The best time to call:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Our office is closed Saturday, Sundays and Holidays.

Our office phone number is 623-546-3444.

The receptionist will gladly send a priest to attend to you or your loved one as soon as a priest is available. Most of the time, we have two priests to respond to calls.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the Priests are often busy with funerals, weddings and other duties. Priests cannot always pull away from other commitments. We are not available at all hours. .

Emergencies - When the office is closed...
you can still reach our St. Clare Emergency Line Operator (+1-602-532-6294). Please use this number for true emergencies. Otherwise wait until the next normal business hours. 

During extended illnesses, we can arrange for a lay person to bring Holy Communion. We call these persons, "Communion Visitors."


Saint Camillus de Lellis,
patron saint of nurses

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Communion Visitors

We are blessed with wonderful men and women whom we call Communion Visitors.  They bring Holy Communion to those in need, whether homebound or in hospital, assisted living, rehabilitation centers or prison.

Priests

Our priests are also available to administer the sacraments of healing such as hearing confessions, anointing the sick, giving viaticum to the dying. Normally, the communion visitors bring Holy Communion and pray with people weekly and they let the priest know if the person needs the sacraments of the sick such as Penance or Anointing or the Final Blessing.

Deacons

Some of our deacons also make visits to the sick. While their ordination to the diaconate does not allow them to hear confessions or anoint the sick, they are sometimes available to make visits when people request them.

Pastoral Care Coordinator

Please contact our pastoral care coordinator, Mr. Joe Lukaszewski, at the parish office or speak to our receptionists to make arrangements for us to send someone to the location of someone who cannot come to us.  Joe Lukaszewski is the coordinator for our communion visitors and can help you with answering other questions.

St Clare of Assisi Pastoral Care Coordinator:
Mr. Joe Lukaszewski
Direct Phone:  623-975-5618

Parish Boundaries and Locations In Our Area
Parish Map Link Here
We want to help everyone that we can, but our focus is on helping people in our parish boundaries or nearby. There are situations when the best we can do is refer callers to other parishes and priests. This is the most practical way for us to deliver services to people, much like fire-medical departments and paramedics or police services. Our parishes want us to be near them when they have an emergency and need the sacraments of a priest.
We are not able to attend to parishioners in all the hospitals and facilities outside of our parish boundaries, but we will help find a priest for you. The map link might help you locate a parish near your loved one. Our two priests cannot take care of everyone in the west valley, so it is much better if the priest nearest the dying patient is called which allows for the quickest response time and avoids duplication of requests and the confusion that might result when two priests are called for the same patient and then are not available to attend to parishioners within their own area. Each hospital in the Diocese of Phoenix has a parish assigned to it based on the parish boundaries within which the facility is located.  St. Clare of Assisi Parish does not have its own hospital but has many assisted living facilities and rehab centers, so we do visit many facilities and homes as well as Banner Del E Webb Hospital which we share with Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Sun City West. Thank you for understanding that we would love to help everyone but realistically cannot always do so. Pray for more vocations, please.

 

 

 

 


Mr. Joe Lukaszewski

Pastoral Care Coordinator

623-975-5618

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