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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 Deacon James E. Hickey, Jr.

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

Pastoral Associate Gigi Frailey

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

Religious Education Office Angela Clement - 860-521-2904,

Sacrament of Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal program. Please call the rectory to schedule.

Office Staff Joanne Therrien Debbie Walgren Organist Tim Stella Cantor Marian Maccarone

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, December 8 8:00 AM Special Intention 4:30 PM Memorial: Richard Mahoney Sunday, December 9 8:30 AM Memorial: Bridget Wheeler 10:30 AM Memorial: Joanna Smith Monday, December 10 6:30 AM Memorial: Edward Brezinski Tuesday, December 11 6:30 AM Special Intention Wednesday, December 12 6:30 AM Memorial: Petra Beatty Thursday, December 13 6:30 AM Memorial: Jerry Sartori Saturday, December 15 4:30 PM Memorial: Joseph Donnelly Sunday, December 16 8:30 AM Memorial: William J. Eddy 10:30 AM Anniversary: Mary Moran Boyle

DECEMBER 9, 2012

SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT First Reading: Baruch 5:1-9 Baruch tells Jerusalem to rejoice because of God's plan to bring his exiled people back to Jerusalem. He emphasizes God's power and describes his plan to lower mountains and fill gorges to make their journey easier. Second Reading: Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Paul encourages the Philippians to love each other completely. He hopes that their love and understanding will continue to grow so that they are prepared for the return of Christ. Gospel: Luke 3:1-6 Luke describes the work John the Baptist carried out to help people prepare for the birth of Jesus. Luke also discusses who was in power at the time, which helped historians to figure out the exact dates of certain events, including Jesus' birth. © 2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Monday, December 10 10:00 AM Lectio Divina ~ Choir Room Tuesday, December 11 7:00 PM Lectio Divina ~ Choir Room Wednesday, December 12 7:00 AM Parish Council Meeting ~ Hall Saturday, December 15 8:00 – 11:00 AM ~ Breakfast with Santa ~ Hall


PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH ~ 2:00 PM RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS Give to those who have given a lifetime. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests worked for many years for little, if any, pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate savings for retirement. Your gift to today’s collection for Retirement Fund for Religious helps to provide prescription medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of elderly religious. Please be generous.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 23 First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18a Second Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 Gospel: Luke 3:10-18 CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKET SIGN-UP CONTINUES

St. Peter Claver Families “adopt” families in Hartford and West Hartford for Christmas. This year the need is greater than ever. If your family would like to provide a food basket for a family in need, please sign up at the entrance of the church. If you would prefer, you may also sign up to make a monetary donation for gift certificates to Stop and Shop so that recipient families may purchase turkeys. Basket Drop-Off Day is Saturday, December 22. Basket Delivery Day is Sunday, December 23. Please contact Beth Ryan at 860-561-4513 or for additional information, or to volunteer. KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS CARD SALE

The St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus have a wide variety of the “Keep Christ in Christmas Cards” which will be sold in the parish hall after all masses. CHRISTMAS CONCERT

On Sunday, December 16th, at 7:30 pm., the St. Peter Claver Choir and special guests will present our Annual Christmas Concert. Tickets will be available through December 8th/ 9th. Suggested donation: $20. TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AFTER MASSES ONLY OR UNTIL SOLD OUT.



A SEASON OF PROMISE Holy Family’s retreat team invites you to experience a transformative weekend retreat with A Season of Promise. “For everything there is a season and a time for everything under heaven.” The practical wisdom from the Book of Ecclesiastes and the natural rhythm of the four seasons provide insight into how we can grow in resilience and cultivate peace when we learn to trust the ancient promise—that no matter how life may challenge us and regardless of circumstance, God will be present stirring us to growth, love, and newness of life. The retreat begins with a buffet dinner Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. and ends with brunch at noon on Sunday. Visit our website to register Men’s Retreat Date: February 1-3, 2013; Women’s Retreat Date: March 1-3 and May 31 – June 2.

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE 2012 CONFESSIONS Wednesday, December 19st 4:00 pm until all are heard 7:30 pm until all are heard Saturday, December 22nd 3:15 – 4:00 pm CHRISTMAS MASSES Christmas Eve Monday, December 24th 4:00 pm Vigil 6:00 pm Family Liturgy 10:00 pm Solemn Christmas Eve Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25th 8:30 am and 10:30 am NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE New Year’s Day Tuesday, January 1st 10:00 AM

Peter, James, and John wanted to build a “booth” for Jesus and just stay on the mountain where His transfiguration took place. But the Son of God, the Chosen One, knew that He must instead keep moving toward His crucifixion. We, too, must rise from worship and do what we can to hasten the coming of the kingdom.


BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, December 16 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of January and February should call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235, Opt 2 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.

We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism, Lyndsay Rose Buccilli, daughter of Victor & Amy Buccilli and Patrick Gilgunn Hennessy, son of Kevin & Elizabeth Gunn. 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. BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Join us on Saturday, December 15 from 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa ~ a St. Peter Claver tradition. Tickets will be on sale after all masses beginning this weekend at a cost of $5.00 per person; No charge for children 2 and under. Breakfast consisting of pancakes, sausage, coffee, juice, and milk will be provided and each child will receive a free picture with Santa. Pictures will be developed and printed in time to be picked up after all masses on the weekend of the event starting at the Saturday evening mass. Look for them either in the Parish Hall or the hallway between the Church and the Hall.

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Faith Formation News ~ Teach me Your way, O Lord.

Ps. 27:11

You are Invited to our Annual Christmas Pageant! Sunday, December 9th at 2pm Come and see the True Meaning of Christmas presented by the Children of our Parish! Refreshments will be served afterward in the Hall. Special thanks to Norma Jean Macosko for coordinating this special event for us!

ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS! As we celebrate the 2nd Week of Advent, we see the Light of Christ shining through the wonderful acts of kindness shared by our parish youth. May God bless these children and their families! Gifts of Time: Helped my brother when he fell; Helped my Mom clean the kitchen; Cleaned the house; Helped my dad with my little brother; Helped Mom with thanksgiving; Vacuuming; Babysitting; Helped Grandparents; Helped with Thanksgiving preparations; Played nice with my sister; Helped Grandma with the turkey; Spent time with my little cousins; Fed my dog; Raked leaves; I was good at play; I was a good listener for my Mom; Took care of neighbor’s cat; Raked yard for Grandmother; Helped set up for holiday; Helped Nonnie and Gramps set up Christmas decorations; I helped in my class; Served food at the homeless shelter; Shared with my sister; Helped cousins; Spent time with my sister this week; Helped Grandma at her home; Visited and helped my MiMi; Getting more than 5 petals in Daisy Scouts; Set the table; Made pecan pie for Thanksgiving; Mowed the lawn; Told my teacher when someone was hurt. Gifts of Talent: Helping others; I did my homework well; Drawing; Soccer; Helped my brother build a train track; Veteran’s Day music concert; I am good at singing; Made soup for Thanksgiving; Watched my cousin; Being responsible; Altar serving; Practiced singing; Baking; Piano; Dancing; Being kind to friends and animals; Tried my best at school. Gifts of Treasure: Family and Friends; Celebrating Thanksgiving with my family; Prayer; My parents; Dad; Baby sister; My dog. (Our children’s gifts of cash are a blessing to our parish and shows thoughtful support for their Church. God loves a cheerful giver! (2 Corinthians 9:7) UPCOMING WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE


Grades 2 – 7: Students meet this week on Sunday, Dec. 9 Tuesday, Dec. 11 Wednesday, Dec. 12 Thank you for bringing in your Respond & Reflect pages to Mass each week!

Grade 8: Students meet for class on Tuesday, Dec 18 Sunday, Jan. 6 Wednesday, Jan. 9 Commentary on John Chapter 7 is due this weekend when you attend Mass.

Grade 2 Catechists meet this Sunday, Dec. 9th, at 11:30am to prepare for upcoming events for this very special Sacramental year.

Grade 9: Students meet for class on Sunday, Dec. 16 Tuesday, Dec. 18 The Tips for Teens assignment is due this weekend when you attend Mass.

Grade 1: Students meet for their monthly class on the following dates: Tuesday, Dec. 11 Wednesday, Dec. 12 Sunday, Jan. 6 Thank you for bringing in your Time with Jesus pages to Mass each week!

Grade 10: Students meet for class on Sunday, Dec. 9 Tuesday, Dec. 11 Read Introduction and Chapter 1 prior to class. Application, Sponsor Form/Certificate and the Let’s Begin assignment are now due.

December 9, 2012 Bulletin