BUILDING THE FUTURE TOGETHER

Our Parish Activities Center Project
Groundbreaking Ceremony: Sunday, November 21 at 2:00PM

Pledge Your Support Today!

$6.5 Million $854,000

Progress to our Original Campaign Goal

MAKE A PLEDGE NOW!

Campaign Prayer

Eternal Father, we ask you, through your Beloved Son,
and the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe
to pour forth your Holy Spirit upon our combined campaign.

May the light of Christ within each of us
shine forth as a beacon of hope
drawing all of us closer to You and Your Church.

Consecrate us in truth and, according to your will, accomplish your plans in us
to radiate the love and mercy of Jesus,
as exemplified by two great saints who visited our diocese,
Saint John Paul II and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us.

Amen.

Our Current Facilities & Why We are Building

Groundbreaking Area

Reception Area

General Office Area

Storage Area

Real Estate Loan Status

We paid off our loan on September 27, 2021, so we now own the church building free and clear thanks to the tremendous generosity of our parishioners! May God bless their generosity and the legacy they have left for this generation and the future of our ministries. We are strengthening the followers of Christ for many generations to come.

Together Campaign - Partnership With Our Bishop

At St Clare of Assisi, everything we do is to help parishioners encounter the living Christ. Our Parish is changing lives, but we have a tremendous need for more permanent buildings to replace the aging temporary buildings that are now being used for offices and parish social and formation activities.

In an effort to fulfill our mission of building a church of missionary disciples, St Clare of Assisi, in partnership with our Diocese of Phoenix and Bishop Olmsted Campaign initiative, began our Building the Future TOGETHER Capital Campaign in the fall of 2019. Our overall goal for this combined Campaign is $6.5 million dollars which includes our Parish’s Diocesan campaign goal of $1,561,758. Sixty-five percent of this goal’s proceeds ($1,015,143) will be directed to help our diocese meet the extraordinary needs the church faces to fulfill her mission of evangelization, the other thirty-five percent, plus 100% of the amount raised above our Parish goal will be returned to Saint Clare Parish to build our future TOGETHER. This approach is not only efficient but would also allow our Parish to concentrate our efforts on our building project, while receiving the support of our Diocese to process the gifts. You can learn more about Bishop Olmsted's Campaign at the Together Let Us Go Forth Campaign site.

Diocesan Reporting as of 9/19/2021

Pledged:$ 2,097,293.50
Payments:$ 871,351

Our Goal

Our goal is to build a Parish Activities Center that will included clergy and staff offices, work spaces, a large social hall and kitchen, Saint Vincent de Paul service room, choir practice area, storage spaces, classrooms and meeting rooms and a small adoration chapel for extended periods of Eucharistic Adoration. All of this will be connected to the church by a prayer garden and plaza area for outdoor activities. Plus we will add some additional parking spaces.

We Ask for Your Prayers

Prayer is essential at all times and especially when undertaking a huge project. The Campaign Committee, along with Fr. Hans and the staff, are encouraging our families to spend time in prayer, reading scripture passages and praying our Campaign Prayer to help and inspire you as you discern your commitment. Only parishioners themselves can determine with a prayerful heart what is possible in their own family or financial situation. Every gift is valuable.

Why Pledge?

We are inviting our families to prayerfully consider making a pledge to the campaign payable over five years. Pledges are necessary because they help us better understand our cash flow and our potential budget for the project. We are very grateful for generosity of the many families that have already made pledges and are sacrificially fulfilling them. If you have not made your pledge yet, we encourage you to join our efforts, there is much that will be happening in the next few months that will require your financial support. By the combined efforts of our community, we will be able to bring our project to fruition. May your time in prayer lead you to a more loving relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ, and a deeper commitment to our parish.

A few features of the plan:

  • Dividable Event Hall
  • Large Kitchen
  • Classrooms
  • St Vincent de Paul Service Room
  • Parish Offices
  • Chapel
  • Audio/Visual/Technology
  • Furniture, Fixtures, Equipment
  • Rest Rooms
  • Plaza uniting new building to the church
  • Facilities Manager Room
  • Additional parking spaces

Planning

We are very active in the planning stages and budgeting for our activities center and our project has been approved by the Diocese of Phoenix and the City of Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission (Project ID: FS20-630). A great deal of planning has already been happening behind the scenes throughout the time of the COVID pandemic.

Architects

We are working with a wonderful team from Adaptive Architects, Inc. They have completed many projects throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and have worked extensively on projects for the Diocese of Phoenix.

Contractor

We have a very fine and talented team for construction from Wespac Construction. They are working very hard with sub-contractors and vendors for the engineering, materials sources, labor and construction.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

We anticipate having a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. which the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the final Sunday of our liturgical year and just before the start of Advent. We expect construction to begin by the end or 2021 or beginning of 2022.

Activities Center Committee

We have various members on our team from the Finance Council, Pastoral Council and parish staff as well as an employee of the Diocese of Phoenix Buildings and Properties Office. We have been meeting at least twice a month for many months throughout most of the pandemic and continuing at the present time. The combined expertise of the professionals on our team and feedback of the end-user in the parish will result in beautiful facilities that will meet our needs for many decades to come.

Fundraising

We are working with Ruotolo Associates who did a feasibility study for us in 2019. They helped us kick off the campaign which took an unexpected pause when the COVID-19 pandemic hit all of us. They will help us kick it off again in the fall of 2021. In addition we are working with the Office of Mission Advancement from the Diocese of Phoenix and our engagement manager from the Together Go Forth Campaign office which conducted a bold capital campaign in every parish in our diocese to support service goals throughout our diocese. In addition, we have been working with Prenger Solutions Group on strategies for improving overall stewardship within our parish. We also switched our online giving vendor to Faith Direct to facilitate donor participation through the pandemic and to provide better donor services so that parishioners could reach out to Faith Direct agents for assistance. They also provided the cyber security we need and a more user friendly experience. Our parish no longer needs to know private information such as personal account numbers.

The aerial view shows the temporary modular buildings that were placed in 2001 to serve as a multipurpose church and parish offices. The ramada gives us outdoor space with shade. The storage trailers provide much needed storage but are an eyesore. We will remove all of this when the new activities center is built and ready to use.

The visitor reception area in our parish office building is very inadequate. The photo shows the receptionist’s desk, visitor waiting area and shipping and receiving area. It is very small. The rest of the building is also cramped and impractical for the clergy and staff to serve the parishioners.

We use rolling blue dividers to form classrooms for faith formation for children. They do not isolate the noise of the other classes and it is difficult to teach the children our Catholic faith. We set up and take down these “rooms” every week.

We have had lots of fun our parish hall! The stage was used for the altar and ambo and priest from 2001-2008 while we raised money and built the permanent church. Now the stage gives us a little bit of room for social events like the Fashion Show you see in this picture. The church held about 480 people for Mass with chairs and people lining the walls and an overflow of about 200 people sitting under the ramada with speakers in the ground to hear Mass.

Commitment and Outreach

There are many parishioners who have already made pledges and have been contributing regularly to the campaign. But there are many other parishioners who have moved into the parish after the campaign goals were presented to the parish as a whole. There are others who have attended campaign presentation meetings, but have yet to make a commitment. The COVID pandemic has made it challenging to get our message out to everyone. But we will make every effort to continue to get the message out long-time parishioners and newly arrived parishioners and our winter parishioners.

Our Hope

Our hope is that every parishioners will get on board with prayer and financial support for our sake and for future generations of Catholics and others. Our regional population is growing rapidly and we want to respond to their needs. It is who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ. We are asking everyone to participate at a level that represents a sacrifice for the sake of others. Our joined sacrifices of a little or a lot will bring our plans into reality and further our mission to live and share the beauty of our Catholic faith with this generation and those who in the future will be seeking spiritual nourishment in a Catholic community.

May God be praised by the work we do to build the future together!

Architect Renderings

Here are five more renderings of the new activities center. Click the images to get a closer look.