Community Life Commission

Community Life celebrates the lives of all parishioners of St. Clare Parish.  Sometimes we gather annually to engage in a sit down supper.  Sometimes we gather weekly to share the challenges of the coming week over coffee and doughnuts.  Sometimes we gather to comfort the sorrowing at a funeral reception.  Whatever brings us together as a community of life and love, we ask this commission to coordinate.  As a result, the Community Life commisson oversees the following events:

Coffee & Doughnuts 

Served after each Sunday Mass in the parish hall and provides an opportunity to visit with old friends and meet newcomers.  Volunteer hosts and servers are needed.  Training provided.

Lenten Soup Suppers

Served on Tuesday evenings in Lent so parishioners can share a simple meal of soup and bread. Hosts and soup chefs are needed. 

Parish Campout

Happens the 3rd week of July.  200+ campers from St. Clare descend on Nehalem Bay State Park near Manzanita for 5 days of outdoor fun at the Oregon coast.  Organizational team members are needed.

Sacramental Receptions

Follows the Sacrament of 1st Eucharist and Confirmation so students and their families may enjoy a simple celebration of cake and punch with the larger parish community.  Coordinators and servers are needed.

Funeral Receptions

Provides an opportunity after the funeral service for family and friends to gather for support and sharing. Hosted by St. Clare parishioners who serve lunch or coffee and dessert depending on time of service.  Volunteer bakers prepare and donate desserts.  Set-up, serving and clean-up helpers are also needed to work 1-4 hour shifts on the day of the reception.

Newcomers' Gathering

Takes place 3-4 times per year after 8:30am Sunday Mass for our new families to meet each other and learn more about the parish.  Coffee and donuts are served.  Parishioners are needed to assist with hospitality.

Senior Group (55+)

Meets once a month for lunch at a local restaurant or other enjoyable outings.  Coordinators and drivers are needed.  

Sisters in the Spirit

Women of the parish gather once a month for a presentation on a topic of interest, discussion, prayer, faith-sharing and fellowship.  In addition, a half-day Advent retreat and Lenten weekend retreat are held once a year.  Program planners, retreat leaders/helpers, and hospitality volunteers are needed.

Catholic Youth Organization

Parish students in grades 1-8 participate in a variety of sports such as swimming, volleyball and basketball.  Parents serve as coaches.  For more information, please visit or





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