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Saint Peter Claver

Welcome To Our Parish Family! Parish Membership Through baptism we become God’s sons and daughters, and brother and sisters of each other in Christ. Every family in the parish should be properly registered and each family should receive a set of envelopes. New parishioners should register at the Parish Office. Single adults over 21 years of age should register separately from parents. This registration is our only means of certifying anyone as a member of our parish family.

Office ● 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford, Connecticut 06107 Phone 860-561-4235 ● Fax 860-561-0552 e-mail: ● Parish Website:


Schedule of Masses

Reverend James F. Leary Priest In Residence Reverend Thomas J. Sas Deacon James E. Hickey, Jr.

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Weekdays: Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m.

Pastoral Associate Gigi Frailey

Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturday 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Religious Education Office Janine Cote, 860-521-2904, Sacramental Coordinator Krista Eddy, 860-521-2904 Office Staff Joanne Therrien Debbie Walgren Organist Tim Stella Cantor Marian Maccarone

Sacrament of Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal program. Please call the rectory to schedule. Baptisms are celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month at the 10:30 a.m. Mass and the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:00 Noon. Sacrament of Matrimony Those preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage should schedule an appointment with Fr. Leary.


Saturday, April 7 8:00 PM Easter Vigil Sunday, April 8 8:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Monday, April 9 6:30 AM Memorial: Richard Mahoney Tuesday, April 10 6:30 AM Mass Wednesday, April 11 6:30 AM Mass Thursday, April 12 6:30 AM Mass Friday, April 13 6:30 AM Memorial: Paul Haggerty Saturday, April 14 8:00 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver 4:30 PM David Smith & Elizabeth Pericolosi Sunday, April 15 8:30 AM Anniversary: Carl H. Mullins 10:30 AM Memorial: Shirley Jefferson

APRIL 8, 2012

EASTER SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD First Reading: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Peter discusses Jesus’ life of preaching and healing. Jesus was crucified, then he rose up and was seen by his chosen witnesses. Peter also mentions the importance of all the disciples bearing witness to what they saw, so that many people would believe in Jesus, and have their sins forgiven through him. Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 Paul asserts that we must pay attention to higher realms rather than earthly concerns. Our life is not yet completely known to us, until Christ appears and we are raised to glory in him. Gospel: John 20:1-9 When Mary Magdalene discovered Jesus’ tomb was open, she told Simon Peter and another disciple. They ran to the tomb and Peter went inside. He found the burial wrappings on the ground, with the head covering separate from the rest. The other disciple came in and they believed what they saw, although until then they had not understood the Scripture’s message of Jesus’ resurrection. ©1999 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Tuesday, April 10 6:30 PM JustFaith ~ Classroom 7:00 PM Employment Group ~ Classroom Wednesday, April 11 7:00 PM Parish Council Meeting ~ Hall Saturday, April 14 9:00 AM CT Walk for Haiti ~ Hall ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL In just a few short weeks, our parish has raise $114,469 for the 2012 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. In these trying times, the need of our surrounding community grows and the assistance provided by the Appeal is needed more than ever. If you have not yet made your commitment to this year’s Appeal, please consider doing so in the days ahead. Your gift to the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal will help continue the vital services, ministries and programs that help so many throughout the Archdiocese.

A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE That first Easter morning was confusing. Jesus was missing and Mary Magdalene, Peter and John “did not know” what to do. In family life there are confusing moments when “we don’t know” what to do. Like the apostles we are Easter people when we believe and trust in each other even when all seems lost.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF APRIL 15 First Reading: Acts 4:32-35 Second Reading: 1 John 5:1-6 Gospel: John 20:19-31

2012 Sacramental Dates Grade 10 ~ Confirmation, April 21, 11:00 am Grade 2 ~ 1st Communion, May 5, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm

NORTHWEST CATHOLIC HONOR ROLL We congratulate the following St. Peter Claver students who made the first semester honor roll at Northwest Catholic. We commend them for their dedication and commitment to their studies. Ana Colliton Christopher Grenham Ryan Coursey John Haverty Emily Desmarais Christopher Lynch Erin Dowd Kristen Reilly Elizabeth Fabbri Dylan Robinson Julia Fountain Edwin Vincens Caroline Galeota

EASTER SUNDAY STEWARDSHIP CORNER ALLELUIA! Christ is risen and is victorious over sin and death! We are good stewards of our faith if, like St. Paul, we share this good news whenever and wherever we can. To all parishioners, friends, and families, may you experience the joy and blessings of this Easter Season.  In observance of the Easter Holiday the Parish Office will be closed beginning Friday, April 6th. Office hours will resume on Tuesday, April 10th.

Next Sunday April 15, after morning mass, come enjoy a cup of coffee and doughnuts and some friendly chatter sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. ARE YOU, OR IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW, INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FAITH? St. Peter Claver will once again be offering its RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, for those who are not baptized and wish to become members of the Catholic faith, and for individuals who have not received the Sacraments of Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. For additional information, contact Gigi Frailey at (860) 561-4235, Opt. 3 or via email (AFTER) EASTER EGG HUNT Our St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring their Annual Easter Egg Hunt after Easter, on Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 pm. All children through 8 years of age are invited to join us on the church grounds in search of the many Easter eggs and candy bags. Three categories will be available to accommodate all ages in order that everyone has a chance at the grand prizes. PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION Next week our diocese will take up the Peter’s Pence Collection, which provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to carry out his most important charitable works. The proceeds benefit the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Through your generosity, we can cast the peace of Christ upon the world.


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BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of June and July 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. CALLING ALL BAKERS!! CT Walks for Haiti is looking for cupcake bakers! Last year the cupcakes were a big hit. Cupcakes may be brought to the parish center next Saturday morning, April 14. Festivities begin at 10:30 am and the walk at 12:00 noon. Any amount is welcome. If the drop off time is inconvenient, we can arrange an alternate time or a pick up. For additional information, please email Dorothy Mazaitis at WEST HARTFORD PARISHES OUTREACH… current project is to help provide goats, through the Haitian Health Foundation, at $150 each, to enable families devastated by the earthquake and its aftermath in Haiti become more self-sufficient and secure in the future. Should you want additional information, or wish to donate to this project, please contact WHPO – Coordinator, Ellen Pelkey (St. Timothy Church parishioner) at: 860-233-7061 or Thank You. VISITATION TO THE HOMEBOUND Visitation to the homebound is a beautiful ministry of presence and care with many blessings. Currently there are parishioners who visit the homebound and also provide the Eucharist if desired. We also have a beautiful Prayer Shawl Ministry, whose shawls are to the sick and homebound as a symbol of the love and support of our community. These ministries can only happen if we are able to make a connection with those who are in need. If you know of anyone, of ANY age, who is sick, disabled, or homebound for any reason and would be uplifted by these ministries, please contact Gigi Frailey in the Parish Office. Caregivers can be uplifted by this ministry of visitation as well. Please help us to reach out to our brothers and sisters. There is no other way for us to know who is homebound or ill unless we are made aware. Thank You.

Bulletin April 8, 2012