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Saturday, October 15 8:00 AM Mass 4:30 PM Memorial: Dr. Peter Amato, Clementine Amato & John & Eleanor Costello Sunday, October 16 8:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM Memorial: The O’Brien Family Monday, October 17 6:30 AM Mass Tuesday, October 18 6:30 AM Mass Wednesday, October 19 6:30 AM Mass Thursday, October 20 6:30 AM Mass Friday, October 21 6:30 AM Anniversary: Shirley Mullins Lund Saturday, October 22 8:00 AM Mass 4:30 PM Annivesary: William Keresey Sunday, October 23 8:30 AM Memorial: Sebastian & Ignazia Marino 10:30 AM Memorial: Sean & Anne T. Mullarkey

Tuesday, October 17 6:30 PM Just Faith ~ Choir Room Wednesday, October 19 7:30 PM Math ~ Classroom Thursday, October 20 1:00 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry ~ Classroom

On Sunday, November 6th, at the 10:30 am Mass, we will be celebrating a Memorial Mass for our parishioners and loved ones of parishioners who have died during the past year. Your family and friends are invited to attend this Mass and a family representative is invited to carry a candle to the altar during the offertory procession. Please call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235 by Monday, October 31st if you plan to attend.

FAMILY PERSPECTIVE Jesus was exasperated when he scolded: “Why do you put me to the test?” It is natural for children to test parents; this is how they learn and how we teach limits, rules and values. Be like Jesus in today’s gospel; he was firm, honest and direct.

OCTOBER 16, 2011

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 Cyrus, King of Persia and friend to the Jewish people, becomes the Lord’s anointed one, and through God’s intervention, returns the Jews to their own country. Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b Paul rejoices that the Thessalonians, newly converted to Christianity, are displaying remarkable constancy in their new-found faith. Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21 Seeking to entrap Jesus in his speech, the hostile and hypocritical Pharisees ask him this dangerous question, “Is it lawful to pay tax to the emperor or not?” Realizing their treacherous motives, Jesus asks for a Roman coin, and pointing to the inscription of Caesar’s, he answers, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but give to God what is God’s.” ©1999 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 23 First Reading: Exodus 22:20-26 Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10 Gospel: Matthew: 22:34-40

We are pleased to welcome the following new members who recently joined our Parish Community: Robert & Allison Sorenson, sons Owen and Broderick, daughter Sloane; Eric & Lisa Bennett; George & Virginia Slack, Gerard & Veronica Polisi, son Joseph and daughter Amanda; Diane Kincaid; Paige Abrams, daughter Ellie; Robert & Elizabeth Lachance, son Robert; Gregory Robertsons & Healther Shelsta, sons Liam and Finn; Stephen & Jacqueline Procyk, daughter Julie, son Jack; Brian & Judy Schuler, son Jaydon; Paul & Allison Freeman, sons, Quinn and Cort; Devin & Catherine Sardilli; daughters Isabella and Lilliana; Mark & Anne Dombrofski, son Sean, daughter Claire; Matthew & Meredith Crowther, sons Teddy and Wade, daughter Hadley.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Next Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI calls every Catholic in the world to celebrate our vocation to be missionary. It’s World Mission Sunday! As Catholics around the world – here at home and in the Missions – gather at the Eucharist around the table of the Lord, we are to pray for the Church’s worldwide missionary work. We pray for those awaiting the “Good News” of our Lord’s great love for us and for the missionaries who offer the poor and suffering the light of Christ. And we are to offer financial help through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith for more than 1,150 dioceses in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Island.


The following reflects the figures through the end of September 2011 OFFERTORY AS OF: BUDGET 8/31/11 $323,085 9/30/11 36,924 Year to Date $360,009

ACTUAL $301,917 26,459* $333,588

STEWARDSHIP CORNER Each year at tax time, we conscientiously give “to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.” Does my stewardship indicate that I am faithful about giving “to God what belongs to God”?


*Includes ParishPay contributions: $5,212 YTD BEHIND OFFERTORY GOAL: -$26,421 SEPTEMBER EXPENSES: Payroll: $29,126; Insurance: $1,715; Employee Benefits: $11,432; Parish Office Expenses: $2,365; Cathedraticum: $1,467 Repairs & Maintenance: $4,573; Utilities: $3,003; Cathedraticum: $1,467; School Support Tax: $1,467; Sacramental & Liturgy: $2,524; Religious Education: $10,581; Charity: $4, 767 HAVE YOU BEEN AWAY FOR THE SUMMER? A vacation make-up envelope was included in the mailing of your regular envelope set. Over the next few weeks, if you were away during the summer and in a position to make up your weekly donations, please use the special make-up envelope to help offset our deficit. Your continued support is greatly appreciated. HAVE FUN HELPING TEEN MOMS HELP THEMSELVES? St. Agnes Home, a residential home for pregnant and parenting adolescent mothers and their infants, is hosting their Annual “Raising the Future” event on Saturday, October 29 at the West Hartford Town Hall from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. This event will include Keynote Speaker Shane Salter, nationally-recognized child advocate and award-winning author, tastes from area restaurants and caterers, and live jazz. If you would like additional information or are interested in attending or taking an ad in their program, call St. Agnes Home, 860-5521-7516 or visit BECOME A VOICE FOR JUSTICE! As Catholics we need to share our values and raise our voices to shape a society that protects human dignity and pursues social justice. On October 26, the Office for Catholic Social Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will present “Becoming a Voice for Justice.” The workshop will be held at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry, 286 Church Street, Hartford from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. This workshop will provide practical tools for individuals and groups, to help them advocate for solutions to social injustices, in keeping with the teachings of our faith. Mari Barboza and Cheryl Mrazik, Catholic Relief Services Community Organizers will facilitate. To register call (203) 777-7279 or via email

We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Cort Gardiner Freeman, son of Paul & Allison Freeman and Emily Anne Leahy, daughter of Scott & Stephanie Hilliard who will be baptized this weekend. We congratulate their families and give thanks that our extended parish family is growing. As a parish family we pray that they will grow into the faith into which they have been baptized. BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, October 30 at 11:30 am. in the Music Room of the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of November and December should call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235 to sign-up for the workshop. Godparents are also encouraged to participate. Parents must be registered and active members of St. Peter Claver Parish and regularly attending Sunday Mass in order to have their child baptized in our parish. The selection of godparents should be done with careful thought. PREPARATION FOR THE ROMAN MISSAL Preparations for the Third Edition of the Roman Missal will be featured on “That’s The Spirit” on WCT-TV, Sundays, November 13 and 20. Immediately following the 10:00 am Mass “That’s The Spirit” is a presentation of the Office of Radio and Television of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

IMMEDIATE NEED FOR FOSTER PARENTS FOR NEWBORNS Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Hartford Adoption Program is seeking families willing to provide foster care to infants awaiting adoption. This is a voluntary position with reimbursement for a child’s expenses. The average length of care is two weeks to three months. If you are a stay at home parent or retired and able to provide a loving start to the life of an infant, please contact Nadeine Behmke at 203-586-9359 ext. 228 for additional information. 04




Holiday Craft Fair to benefit Medical Aid to Haiti November 12 & 13 Saturday 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Sunday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Artisans * Food * Music * Bake Sale* Cafe              

 Advent Festival Wednesday, November 16 6:30 – 8:00 pm  

 Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 10 8:00 – 11:00 am

 Annual Christmas Concert Sunday, December 18 Time to be Announced          

 Children’s Christmas Pageant Saturday, December 24 6:00 pm Vigil Mass

October 16, 2011