At the Saint Clare Pastoral Center, ministry is available in all aspects of an individual's spiritual life.  Every effort is made to meet the needs of each person and family situation.  We believe that life and relationships are sacred, and in that spirit, offer a host of ministries where individual attention is given to your Spiritual, Sacramental, and Liturgical needs.

As a community of faith, walking in the footsteps of Christ and the Apostles, our Sacramental celebrations are open to ALL the People of God.  When we say that "Everyone Is Welcome Here," we truly mean that! The Saint Clare Pastoral Center does not recognize any artificial barriers, expressed or implied, with respect to the reception of the Eucharist: this is not our table, it is the Lord’s Table; Everyone is welcome. “Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10:17)

 

Weddings

God did not create us to be solitary creatures. Because of this, the Saint Clare Pastoral Center offers both civil and religious unions to any couple seeking to be united in a holy and indissoluble bond; one that mirrors the love expressed by the beautiful words of Paul found in I Corinthians 13: 4-8: "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends." 

 

A wedding is a special event in the life of a couple and therefore the ceremony should be an expression of their love and commitment to each other. Location is not a issue; inside or outside, within a church facility or private home, near the sea shore, in a forest, or at other locations that express the couple's desires. The ceremony can be in the Catholic tradition or ecumenical in nature.  This is your special day.
 
 
Premarital meetings are available if desired. Although it is best to allow enough time (normally 3 to 4 months) in planning your wedding, we will always make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Bereavement Ministry

Our Bereavement Ministry includes Interfaith Memorial Services, Funeral Mass (Catholic), Vigil / Rosary Services, Internment Services, Family Counseling and Visitation.  Every effort is made to honor, respect and incorporate any special needs or cultural traditions of the family.  In the face of death, it is important to remember that God has created each person for eternal life.  Death is not the end nor does it break the bonds forged in life.  "God is not the God of the dead but of the living; for in Him all are alive."  (Luke 20: 38)     


Retirement Communities

Our Ministry to Retirement Communities provides Interfaith or Chapel Services, Catholic Mass, Prayer Services (Catholic and Interfaith), Bible Study, Visitation, Reconciliation, and Communion.  "Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to everyone that is to come." (Psalms 71:18)


Baptism and Confirmation

After Jesus was baptized, a voice from heaven said, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11)  At the Saint Clare Pastoral Center, we believe that God is also pleased when each of us chooses to follow His Son and be baptized.  This Sacrament suggests burial and rebirth, symbolizing the end of our old life and the beginning of a new.  Christ has promised that if we follow His example and keep the promises we make through our baptism, we will have His Spirit to guide us through this life and beyond.  Baptism is available to all, child or adult, who sincerely seek to be welcomed into the Mystical Body of Christ.  "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." (I Corinthians 12: 13)  

 

Confirmation, like baptism, is a sacrament of initiation into the Christian life.  Scripture speaks of the laying on of hands available to all for the purpose of bestowing the Holy Spirit. "Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment." (Hebrews 6:1–2) 


Pastoral Care of the Sick

"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven." (James 5: 13-15)  Pastoral care of the Sick and Anointing is normally available to anyone seeking the Sacrament as part of hospital, nursing home and home visits, as well as during liturgical celebrations.  The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is administered to bring spiritual and even physical strength during an illness, prior to surgery, and especially near the time of death.  As an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer an inward grace, Anointing of the Sick is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit.