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8th Grade Graduates

posted May 27, 2020, 12:34 PM by Denise Olsen

So proud of our 8th Graders!

Our Beloved Pastors

posted May 26, 2020, 9:56 AM by Denise Olsen

Msgr. Joseph P. Murphy, Rest in Peace

posted May 26, 2020, 5:51 AM by Denise Olsen


It is with a very heavy heart that we share with you that our beloved Pastor Emeritus, Msgr. Joseph P. Murphy, affectionatelyknown as Monsignor, has returned to the Lord. Msgr. Murphy passed away this morning  on Saturday, May 16, 2020, two days after hacving celebrated his 66th anniversary of Priestly Ordination. Monsignor bravely battled and defeated Covid-19, but had a long recovery.

Msgr. Murphy was the strong spiritual leader and visionary who Pastored our Church from 1985 to 2008. ‘Monsignor arrived at Saint Clare after 17 years of service as the Archdiocesan Chancellor for Cardinals Cooke and O'Connor, and proved to be a quick study at parish management.’ It was Msgr. Murphy who foresaw the importance of engaging lay ministers in the Church, especially women ministers. Monsignor was the first to enable women to become active ministers in the Church. He had a particular gift at identifying the talents of others and encouraging them to use their talents to serve the Church. The engaged and active lay ministries that make our parish thrive today is a direct result of his leadership.

Looking at the fruits of his labor, we can all agree that this world was made a better place because God had blessed it with the gift that was Monsignor Murphy for the last 91 years. Now he belongs to his Maker. In the loving arms of his friend and successor, Fr. Richard, may Monsignor journey to be at peace with God forever. We know you will join us in sending our deepest condolences to the Murphy family, especially his brother, Thomas Murphy at this very difficult time.

We know you may be wondering about a Memorial Mass. In light of recent events, a Memorial Mass to celebrate Msgr. Murphy's life will take place at the Church of St. Clare, which will be announced at a later date.

Eternal rest grant unto them o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen

Msgr. Murphy Improves

posted Apr 29, 2020, 3:40 AM by Denise Olsen

An update from Marie Noel:

Dear Friends,

Please be informed that our beloved Pastor Emeritus, Msgr. Joseph Murphy is off the oxygen. He is in rehab to continue his recovery. We thank God for him and we thank you for your prayers and loving support. While we have reason to celebrate, we encourage you to continue to keep Monsignor in your prayers for a full and complete recovery.


Thank you and God bless!

Drama Club Song

posted Apr 27, 2020, 4:49 PM by Denise Olsen

Thank you Mrs. Hoff, Sean, and Jessica for sharing this wonderful song!

Drama Club Song

7th Grade Blackout Poems

posted Apr 26, 2020, 11:20 AM by Denise Olsen

Great job by our 7th graders on their Blackout Poems.

Thanks for the video Mrs. Vautrinot!

Blackout Poems

Butterflies for Fr. Richard

posted Apr 17, 2020, 4:51 PM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Apr 17, 2020, 4:51 PM ]

Thank you Mrs. Bocchino, students, and alumni for this beautiful video.

Butterflies for Fr. Richard

Remembering Fr. Richard

posted Apr 16, 2020, 5:11 AM by Denise Olsen

Thank you Ms. Marie Noel for this beautiful video!

Remembering Fr. Richard

Fr. Richard Tribute

posted Apr 14, 2020, 10:28 AM by Denise Olsen

Google Docs Video

Thank you Massimo and Gianluca for this lovely tribute for Fr. Richard.

Easter Mass Livestreaming

posted Apr 11, 2020, 8:14 AM by Denise Olsen   [ updated Apr 11, 2020, 8:14 AM ]

Easter Mass Live Streaming

Bishop John O’Hara and Bishop Edmund Whalen as well as Msgr. Belford the Dean of the Staten Island Vicariate have been in almost constant contact with the staff of St. Clare since Fr. Richard was hospitalized. Bishop Whalen prayed, via Skype, with Fr. Richard during his final hours. Their concern and compassion for the parishioners of St. Clare’s has been overwhelming. So much so that they have offered their personal assistance during Easter weekend. Bishop Whalen will be celebrating both the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening at 8:00 pm as well as our Easter Sunday Mass at 11:30 am on Sunday morning here in the Church of St. Clare. These services will be livestreamed on our website, youtube channel and our Facebook page. The church will continue to be closed to the public. Bishop Whalen is foregoing his duties at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in order to celebrate the Eucharist with us on both days in Fr. Richard’s memory. Unfortunately, Bishop O’Hara must remain in his residence out of an abundance of caution during this period of uncertainty. However, he will be with us in spirit and continues to pray for all of us.

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