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SICK, HOMEBOUND, or in PRISON

When you need us to come to you for sacraments

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 near death or in danger of dying...
If possible, contact us to bring the sacraments of the sick when the person in need is able to participate fully by speaking and swallowing (for Confession, Anointing and Holy Communion). However, the priest can still administer the Anointing and Prayers for the Dying if the person has lost the ability to speak, or swallow or is unconscious. Sacraments are only for the living. When a person dies, the priest can only offer the prayers for the dead.
If you are in need of a priest, during regular office hours, call the parish office phone number: 623-546-3444. The receptionist will gladly send a priest to attend to you or your loved one. Our office is normally open during day-time hours Monday through Friday.
AFTER-HOURS: Our Answering service will help to locate a priest for you. Call our office phone 623-546-3444 and the outgoing message will give you the phone number to speak to our emergency operator. They know how to reach a priest in case of a medical emergency. 


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

Map showing parish boundaries in our area
Parish Map Link Here
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.

 

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