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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

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

Deacon James E. Hickey, Jr.

Pastoral Associate Gigi Frailey

Religious Education Office DRE - Angela Clement - 860-521-2904 RE Assistant - Marie Carr

Office Staff Joanne Therrien Debbie Walgren

Music Director – Tim Stella Associate Organist – Peter Stoltzfus Berton Cantor Marian Maccarone

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

Sacrament of Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal class. Classes are held the third Sunday every other month. Please call the parish office to make arrangements. Baptisms are celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month during the 10:30 a.m. Mass and 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 and Music Director Tim Stella


Saturday, August 10 4:30 PM 1st Anniversary: Jack Reitano Sunday, August 11 8:30 AM Memorial: Linda Sudyk 10:30 AM 1st Anniversary: Henry P. Gionfriddo Monday, August 12 6:30 AM Memorial: Marylou Dillon Tuesday, August 13 6:30 AM Special Intention Wednesday, August 14 6:30 AM Memorial: Dorothy Mahoney 5:30 PM Mass Thursday, August 15 ~ Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 6:30 AM 3rd Anniversary: John Mangini Saturday, August 17 4:30 PM Memorial: Thomas F. Kilfoil Sunday, August 18 8:30 AM Memorial: The Tremko Family 10:30 AM Memorial: The Lombardi Family If a member of the family for whom the Mass is being celebrated would like to present the gifts, please notify one of our ushers prior to Mass.

Friday, August 16 10:00 AM Employment Group Mtg ~ Classroom UPCOMING BEREAVEMENT SEMINARS New Day 10 Week Seminar For The Bereaved

August 11, 2013

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 In this excerpt, the Israelites are reminded that they were warned before God sent an angel to slay the first born of the Egyptians. God called on them to have courage, and then rewarded them by punishing their enemies and leading them from captivity. Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 Faith is described as true belief even toward things we cannot see. Abram's faith in God was so deep that he wandered through a foreign land, convinced God's promise of a homeland was sincere. God honored his promise to give Abram many descendants, and was proud of the deep faith Abram and his people possessed. Gospel: Luke 12:32-48 Jesus encourages us to be prepared for his return at all times, for he will come when we least expect him. He tells of a master who entrusts his home to his servants, and fully expects them to be awaiting his return. In the same manner, Jesus can arrive at any moment and expects us to be prepared for his return. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 18 First Reading: Jeremiah38:4-6, 8-10 Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Gospel: Luke 12:49-53

Place: Hartford, St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish Date: Sunday, September 8th – Time: 1:00-2:30 pm Registration: (860) 756-4034 Place: Newington, St. Mary Parish Date: Wednesday, September 11th – Time: 7:00-9:00 pm Registration: (860) 666-5183

Congratulations to Pattie Whittel who recently completed a Youth Ministry course offered through the Archdiocesan Religious Education Office. She and 21 others have studied how to pray, evangelize, catechize, and build community with youth, plan youth ministry programs, and how to encourage our young people to become involved in leadership, development, justice and service.

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION On Thursday, August 15th we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please refer to the Mass schedule above for Mass times.

 A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  In today’s gospel a servant WAITED for the master to return. Waiting is a normal part of family life. We wait for a child’s birth, then for small legs to catch up. Later we wait for teenagers to return home safely. Finally we wait alone anticipating a call or visit from an adult child. Waiting is sacred time, for even in the waiting we are connected.

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME STEWARDSHIP CORNER Am I waiting for the “right” time to become a good steward? Do I plan to share my time and talents “later?” Today’s Gospel warns those who are procrastinating about stewardship to be prepared – “at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” SOPHIA’S PLACE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Once again on behalf of Sophia’s Place we are appealing to parishioners for their help. Teachers are needed to instruct adult immigrants in the English language. It would require 2-4 hours per week and the rewards are “heavenly”. Sophia’s Place is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph begun five years ago. This year’s registration exceeded their expectations and therefore more teachers are needed. Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday mornings 9:30 – 11:30 and evenings 6:00 – 8:00. All classes are conducted in English regardless of the primary language of the student. In addition, anyone who might profit from attending English classes is most welcome to attend. If you might like to teach or be an aide, or know someone who might, contact Sister Maria Toce at 860- 232-9797, Ext 101. UPCOMING PROGRAMS AT WISDOM HOUSE IN LITCHFIELD, CT 1.) Always Evolving – Presented by Rosemarie Greco, DW. Saturday, September 14, 10:30 AM – noon. Learn about the New Cosmology, the contemporary environmental crisis and our new capacities for transformation of ourselves and our world. 2.) Collage: A Cure for a Disordered Life – Artwork by Ingrid Feidenbergs. Saturday September 14 – December 31, 2013. The Marie Louise Trichet Art Gallery at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center. Opening: Saturday, September 14, 3:30- 5:30 PM. Artist’s Talk: 3:45 PM followed by Reception. Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 AM-4 PM. For more information on these programs call Wisdom House at (860) 567-3163, email: programs@wisdomhouse.or or visit: BOTTLES FOR BABIES DRIVE CONTINUES The SPC Knights of Columbus recently handed out bottles as part of their 4th Annual Bottles for Babies Charity Drive. The support that St. Peter Claver parishioners have given over the past three years has made a critical difference at St. Agnes Home and we hope to continue to help their mission. The Knights thank you for your continued participation of filling these bottles during the summer months. Bottles will be collected on the weekends of October 26/27 and November 2/3. Donations in form of checks are to be made payable to St. Peter Claver Church.


ARE YOU BEING CALLED TO LITURGICAL MINISTRY! Confirmed adults, age 16 and over, are eligible to serve as Eucharistic Ministers. Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest by giving Communion either at Mass or to shut-ins. Some serve only at Mass, some serve only the shut-ins and some do both. Individuals who answer the call to this very important and rewarding ministry will receive training. We welcome you to talk to Fr. Leary or contact the parish office if you would like to be considered for this ministry. At this time we also invite anyone interested in taking part in the following ministries to contact us: Lectors, Adult Altar Servers, Ushers and Greeters.

ST. PETER CLAVER ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTION CONTINUES Eyes on the prize – School Supplies! Any type, any size, more than you realize help kids become wise! The items you may so generously donate will provide an increased opportunity to become wiser this school year for the children supplied through St. Martin de Porres Catholic Worker House in Hartford, as well as our West Hartford Parish Outreach to St. Brigid, St. Augustine, and other Hartford schools as well. Some helpful suggestions for our annual School Supplies Collection, through this weekend are: glue sticks, wide-ruled paper, highlighters and sharpies, 8-24 packets of crayons, 3-subject notebooks, in addition to spiral-bound. As always, we thank you for your truly generous support of this effort! Advertiser of the Week

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COME AND MEET US In our Parish Hall Saturday Sept. 7th - 5:30 p.m. (after the 4:30 mass) Sunday Sept. 8th – 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. (after masses) Sunday Sept. 22nd – 9:30 a.m. &11:30 a.m. (after masses) Information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process where adults ask questions and experience what it is to be a Catholic Christian, will be available. This process is for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, for those who are interested in becoming members of the Catholic faith, and for individuals who never completed the Sacraments of Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. All are welcome in our community. It is a place of faith, hope, and love, where the encounter with God is a continuing summons to conversion and newness of life. For more information call Gigi Frailey at (860) 561-4235, #3


WEBSITE HELP NEEDED Our Website and Connected Community are currently being updated and enhanced. We are looking for help from someone who works with Photoshop to create banners/posters for church events throughout the year. A modest stipend will be paid on an hourly basis. If you use this tool and would be interested please call the parish office. For the next few weeks if you try logging in to the Connected Community you will not be able to maneuver as usual. More information will be coming. Stay tuned.

Faith Formation - Passing On the Good News! What good news? The Good News of Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith! This fall, over 450 children and young people in Grades 1 through 10, will sign up to learn more about Jesus and the Catholic faith. You can help them learn and grow in faith by becoming a Catechist in our Faith Formation Ministry! With weekly classes offered on Sunday mornings, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons you are almost sure to find a time that fits your schedule. There are also some grade levels that meet monthly for Sacramental Preparation. When we nurture the faith of our young, our own faith is strengthened as well. As one long-time catechist put it, “I learn so much from the children!” We provide you with training, materials, and support. Classes begin according to the schedule below, as well as the grade levels that are in need of a catechist. Confirmed Christians have a call on their lives to be witnesses of God’s goodness and grace, and He may be calling YOU! Please listen carefully to God’s call to pass on the Good News of Jesus - sharing your faith with the next generation of believers. What an honor to be called by God, represent His Church, and share the love of Christ with His children! Please call the CCD office for more information. I am looking forward to hearing from YOU! Thank you. ~Angie CATECHISTS NEEDED IN THE FOLLOWING GRADES: Monthly Grade 7 and 10: Sunday at 11:30am. Weekly Grades 4, 5 and 6: Wednesday at 2:15pm. Weekly Grades 4, 5 and Gr. 4 co-teacher: Tuesday at 3:45pm. All classes are one hour. 2013 - 2014 Registration for Faith Formation Classes Registration ends on August 11th for class placement and book orders. Returning students’ forms may be brought to the CCD Office or mailed to the Rectory. Families with New Students are asked to contact the Office at 860-521-2904 or email for more information. Registration Newsletters and forms are also located on the table outside of the CCD Office in the Parish Hall. Thank you!

CLASSES BEGIN SOON! The Faith Formation Office works throughout the summer months preparing for classes to begin in the fall. Please see the schedule below for the dates and times when classes begin for each grade level. Orientation Gatherings for Parents and Students are listed for Grades 1, 2 and 7 through 9. Calendars of classes and events are given at these meetings. Gr.1: Sun Oct. 6, 9:30am; Tues. Oct. 8, 3:45pm; Wed. Oct 9, 2:15pm Gr.2: Sun Sept. 29; Tues. Sept 24; Wed. Sept. 25 (times above) Gr. 3 - 6: Sun Sept. 22, 9:30; Tues. Sept 24, 3:45; Wed Sept. 25, 2:15 Grade 7: Sun. Oct. 6 , 11:30am Parents and Students Orientation Grade 8: Sun. Oct. 20, 11:30am Parents and Students Orientation Grade 9: Sun. Oct. 27, 11:30am Parents and Students Orientation Grade 10: Sun. Nov. 3, 11:30am for Students only

Our recent Confirmation Class were asked to Tell Us Why they chose to be confirmed adult members of the Church. These newly confirmed young adults share their thoughts with our Pastor and Parish Family ~ and we welcome them as fully initiated members of the Church! Dear Fr. Leary and my Parish Family, There are multiple reasons why I have chosen to be confirmed. The main reason is to receive the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit will bring me be closer to Jesus, strengthen me, and help me make good decisions. I will also be closer to God by coming to Church and serving others. Being confirmed will make me more responsible and help me to pray on my own. Sincerely, Madison Dear Fr. Leary and my Parish Family, I am writing to express why I have asked to be confirmed in the Catholic Church. Up to now, I have been learning about God and Jesus through my CCD classes. I would like to continue my education as an adult in the Church. I also choose to be confirmed so that I may be married in the Church and spread the Word of God to others, which will bring me closer to Jesus. Sincerely, Kathryn “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation - doing good things for the glory of God.” Phil. 1:11

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