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When you visit

Visiting a new church can be intimidating: What should I wear? Where do I park? Where do my kids go?

We understand the many thoughts that can come from visiting a new church, so we want you to feel completely comfortable when you visit. Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us or talk with an usher when you visit.

When are services?

Weekend Mass

Saturday - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday - 9:30 a.m.

Weekday Mass

Wednesday - 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel

When is confession available?

Saturday's 3:15-3:45 p.m. - Confssional is located in the Chapel.

How do I get to the Parish?

Saint Clare is located at 1947 Central Avenue, Albany. Here is a map.

Where should I park?

Parking lot surrounds 2 sides of the parish. Handicapped parking available, as well.

I’m not Catholic ... is it okay for me to participate in communion?

Communion, or The Eucharist, is the most intimate expression of our faith. Catholics believe that the host is literally the body of Christ, transformed from bread by the priest presiding over the service. Most evangelicals think of Communion as symbolic, so it makes sense that they are not as strict about having the right relationship to it as Catholics and Orthodox Christians who believe it is a sacrament and the true presence of Christ. So, if you are not Catholic, we ask that you not receive communion.  However, those not receiving the Body of Christ and Precious blood are invited to come forward with their hands crossed over their chests for a special blessing.

Am I expected to put money in the offering?

If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider Saint Clare your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to our parish on a weekly basis. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can sign up for online giving here

I have a difficulty with mobility. Is there any special assistance?

Yes! Please notify an Ambassador (identified with a name tag) that you'd like Communion brought to your seat.