PARISH MISSION STATEMENT
The purpose of St. Clement of Rome Parish is to foster and enhance a spirit of community among its members, community which returns its gifts to God in a primary way through worship in the Eucharist and which shares its faith through witness, actions, ministries and prayers.
Rev. E.C. “Bud” Pelletier, Jr., Pastor
Rev. Julius Kayiwa, Parochial Vicar
Rev. Henry Dahl
Rev. Raymond Greco, O.S.B
Rev. Michael Minogue
Coordinator of Ministries
Dir. of Liturgy/Music
Seven months in
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus,
The end of January was the end of my seventh month as your pastor. It has been the most happy and holy time during my 22 years of priesthood.
That isn't an exaggeration to make everyone happy. I have never been welcomed more warmly and generously by any group in any parish, and that includes when I was the pastor in my home town! Let me tell you the reasons that have made this so special.
Sun City is a community that is founded on welcoming newcomers. This isn't a town where you can be born and grow up here. Everyone here is from somewhere else and they made a personal decision to come here. That means they know what it is like to be the "new kid in town" and know what made them feel welcome when they arrived. You all know how to welcome someone new in the community and parish.
Next, you are a parish of do-ers. Once again, you made the decision to come here and be active. No one comes to Sun City in order to stay in the house and complain. People come in order to be active and involved. One of the things that is so very different here than in other parishes is the level of involvement. In other parishes, it was always "Father, fix this problem." In this parish, it is "Father, can WE fix this problem with you or for you?" That is a difference that is beyond wonderful. This truly is a City of Volunteers.
You take your faith seriously. There are a host of different things you can be doing every day, yet you take and reserve special time for daily Mass and/or Sunday Mass. You are here to pray, to worship, to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. This has brought a new level of holiness to my life, just by seeing your love for God.
You are charitable. In other parishes, I had to constantly fight against the desire to never help anyone else and keep all resources inside the parish. Here, I see just the opposite. You want to help and are open to hear about ways to offer your time in prayer, your talents in service, and your material goods in mission.
Complaints, yes I've heard them, but far fewer than anywhere else. When I start in a parish, it is always my intention to remain there as long as I can. I've told the Diocese that they will need to use dynamite to get me away from here.
To the members of St. Clement of Rome parish - you are a blessing from God to our diocese, to our area and state, and to me. Thank you.
May God continue to bless and prosper your lives.
Parish BoundariesSt. Clement of Rome Parish is bounded to the north by Bell Road (between the Agua Fria River and 99th Avenue, and between 91st Ave and the New River) and Greenway Road (between 99th and 91st Avenues), to the east by 99th Avenue (between Bell Road and Greenway Road) and the New River (between Bell Road and Grand Avenue), to the south by Grand Avenue (between the Agua Fria River and the New River), and to the west by the Agua Fria River (between Bell Road and Grand Avenue), and 91st Avenue between Bell Road and Greenway Road).