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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, December 21 4:30 PM Anniversary: Turhan Ergin & Dr. Michael Ergin Sunday, December 22 8:30 AM 1st Anniversary: Peter Ladd 10:30 AM Memorial: Harriet Kwasniak Monday, December 23 9:00 AM Memorial: Mary C. McNeil Tuesday, December 24 ~ Christmas Eve 6:30 AM For the Parishioners of St. Peter Claver 4:00 PM Vigil 6:00 PM Family Liturgy 10:00 PM Solemn Christmas Eve Wednesday, December 25 ~ Christmas Day 8:30 AM Mass 10:30 AM Mass Thursday, December 26 ~ NO MASS Saturday, December 28 4:30 PM Memorial: Nicholas Lenge Sunday, December 29 8:30 AM For the Parishioners of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM Memorial: Harvey Forden

December 22, 2013

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14 Ahaz receives from Isaiah a prophecy that he will be successful in war and is urged to ask for a sign that the prophecy is true. The sign is “The virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7 Paul greets the Romans by pointing out that Jesus is the Christ who was promised to them in Scripture. He, Paul, is the apostle favored with the task of spreading the name of Christ to all. Gospel: Matthew 1:18-24 In a brief, straightforward, simple narrative, Matthew recounts the events leading to Jesus’ birth. He details the appearance of the angel in a dream to Joseph and stresses that “All this happened to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophets.” ©1998 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 29

Monday, December 23 3:00 PM Youth Choir Practice ~ Church

May the Peace of Christ be with You and Yours this Christmas! Rev. James Leary Deacon James Hickey, Jr. And Parish Staff

 A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  The child born to Joseph and Mary was named Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” Every child is EMMANUEL, reminding us “God is with us.” Children are signs of God’s continuing presence in our lives.

First Reading: Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14 Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

WITH GRATITUDE FOR THE MOST RECENT GIFTS TO OUR COMMUNITY On the weekend of January 12th as the Christmas season comes to a close we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. At all Masses on the weekend of the 12th, we will also celebrate the gift of all newly baptized babies in our community. They are truly gifts from God to us and we are grateful for their presence with us. A tree will be located in the back of the church with ornaments representing each child baptized in our community over the past year. Parishioners are invited to take one of these ornaments home and pray for this child and their family throughout the New Year. A special blessing will also be given for these children at each Mass. Parents of babies baptized within the last year are asked to forward a photo by January 6th, either via email to or dropped off to the Parish Office.


STEWARDSHIP CORNER When he discovered that Mary was with child, Joseph resolved to end their engagement with as little disgrace as possible. But obedient to the voice of God, he changed those plans and became instead the protector of the child Jesus and His mother, Mary. God grant that I may be as open to the leading of the Holy Spirit!

2013 ~ CONFESSIONS ~ Wednesday, December 18th 4:00 pm until all are heard 7:30 pm until all are heard


Saturday, December 21st 3:15 – 4:00 pm ~ CHRISTMAS MASSES ~ Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24th 4:00 pm Vigil 6:00 pm Family Liturgy 10:00 pm Solemn Christmas Eve Christmas Day Wednesday, December 25th 8:30 am and 10:30 am ~ NEW YEAR’S MASSES ~ Tuesday, December 31st 5:30 pm Vigil New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1st 10:00 am

The following reflects finances through the end of November 2013 2013 Actual $378,493

2013 Budget $415,769

2012 Actual (same period) $391,184

Includes ParishPay contributions: $6,173 NOVEMBER EXPENSES Payroll/Taxes: $18,686; Insurance: $1,745; Employee Benefits: $8,869; School Support Tax: $1,400; Cathedraticum: $1,400; Religious Education: $4,209; School Assessment: $6,875 Parish Office Expenses: $1,375; Utilities: $4,257; Repairs & Maintenance: $9,159; Professional Fees: $2,220.

We are most grateful for your continued support.

“Greetings from Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart to proclaim the gospel of God which he promised long ago through his prophets”… “‘It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child. She is to have a Son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’ All this happened to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel’ a name which means ‘God is with us.’”The stage is set. We have met Isaiah the prophet, John the precursor, Mary and Joseph. The ‘fourth week’ consists of three days as we welcome the Jesus of history, the Jesus of the scripture as the Jesus of grace for 2013. As Paul was called to be a witness, and he did not know the Christ until after the ascension, so we are to announce the same message of the savior’s presence among us. The ‘word became flesh and He dwells among us.’ Unfortunately a waiting world is looking for something, not the someone we proclaim. Caught in the hectic pace of a secular society, it is difficult to move beyond or more deeply into the true meaning of His presence. May we dwell upon a simple fact; Jesus came not to be the baby of Bethlehem, but to be the source of salvation for a needy world. Jesus came, not just to speak or perform miracles, but to restore all humankind to the Father’s love. Jesus came because there was a grave need. Isn’t that need just as real today? Our mantra: ‘Come Lord Jesus.’ HIS WORD TODAY ~ by Rev. William J. Reilly RELIGIOUS EDUCATION TAILORED FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN Do you have a special needs child between the ages of 7 and 21? Are you interested in having them participate in religious education tailored for their needs? If you are, please send a brief note to either Craig Lomma ( or Judith Mascola ( Include your name, contact information, your child's name and their age. We are gathering information to gauge interest for this program and to determine the size of the need in our community. Thank you.

May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith...and know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3: 17 and 19 Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent. We light all of the candles on our Advent wreath as a reminder that Christmas is almost here! We offer this prayer as we wait for Christmas Day… Thank You, Lord, for the Advent Season, which has helped us prepare for the coming of Jesus. Let us remember that Advent is an adventure on our life’s journey. It is a time to show our love to our family and friends and to see Your face in the poor and needy. It is a time to grow in kindness, goodness, and generosity - as we make room for Christ in our hearts each day. We ask this in the Name of Jesus, our Lord and Prince of Peace, who came to show us how to love God and others. Amen.

In today’s Gospel, St. Luke tells us about the visit of Mother Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. When Elizabeth sees Mary, she asks her, "Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should There are NO CCD classes for the weeks of December 22nd and 29th, as we come to me?" celebrate the Christmas Season with our fami- Elizabeth tells Mary how her baby (John the lies. Be sure to give Jesus the best gift of all - Baptist) leaped in her womb as she became your presence at Mass on Christmas Eve or filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary Christmas Day, as well as on the Feast of The stays three months with Elizabeth Holy Family - Jesus Mary and Joseph next before returning to her home. This Sunday, so close to Christmas, Sunday, December 29th. The Christmas Season continues with Feast of the Church invites us to focus our the Solemnity of Mary - the Holy Mother of attention on Mother Mary, beGod, celebrated on January 1st, a Holy Day of cause she brings Christ to us, too! Obligation. Sunday Students return to classes beginning on WEATHER CANCELLATION Sunday, Jan. 5th, the Epiphany of the Lord. INFORMATION Weekday students return to classes on Tuesday, Now that we are in the winter season, we January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th. wish to remind parents to watch for storm FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR

The Faith Formation Office wishes all of our Catechists, Students, Parents and Parishioners God’s blessings of Love, Joy, Hope and Peace - at Christmastime and always!

closings on Channels 3 and 30 on TV or online. You may also call the CCD Office at 860-521-2904 for updated voice messages. Catechists will be notified through email. Please know that we do our best to hold scheduled classes, but realize the importance of keeping all of our families and children safe on the roads and in our parking area.

Once again, I wish to thank you for your generosity to the many outreach projects that ask for our help throughout the year. We will continue to collect our Gifts for Baby Jesus. Please bring them to your next January class as a special way to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany - when the Wise Men brought gifts to Baby Jesus! Thank you for honoring Christ, the Newborn King, with your gifts to St. Gerard’s Center for Life. May God truly bless you for your caring thoughts and actions for all His children!

CHILDREN'S COAT DRIVE Many thanks to our St. Peter Claver Community who donated the many children’s coats to our Second Annual Coat Drive. Donations will benefit Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Hartford who distributes coats to children in need.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Santa would like to thank all the 210 or so children who joined him for the Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Santa and his elves are very busy at the North Pole trying to fulfill all the wishes. CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKETS On behalf of the Christmas Food Basket Committee we would like to thank all who helped make this year’s program a prodigious success. We worked with area social workers, The Town of West Hartford, the Joan C. Dauber Emergency Food Pantry at St Francis, and with Fr. Charles Jacobs at Holy Trinity Church in Hartford to assemble a list of families in need of assistance this Christmas. St Peter Claver parishioners helped provide and deliver food baskets, many of which included children’s gifts, for 130 needy families. This could not have been accomplished without your help. We are very fortunate to have such caring, generous, and thoughtful fellow parishioners. Thank you so very much ~ John O’Gorman and Nancy Byrne co-chairs.

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