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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: st.peterclaver@sbcglobal.net ● Parish Website: www.stpeterclaverparish.com

Pastor

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 spcreled@sbcglobal.net

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


CHURCH OF SAINT PETER CLAVER WEST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

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 Monday, December 30 6:30 AM Memorial: Elliott Lord Tuesday, December 31~ New Year’s Eve 6:30 AM Special Intention 5:30 PM For the Parishioners of St. Peter Claver Wednesday, January 1 ~ New Years Day 10:00 AM Memorial: Dominic Filomeno Thursday, January 3 NO MASS Saturday, January 4 4:30 PM Memorial: Mrs. Georgette Davis Sunday, January 5 8:30 AM For the Parishioners of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM Anniversary: Dr. Richard White Haran

December 29, 2013

HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH First Reading: Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14 This passage from Sirach details the duties children owe to father and mother. Their life-long devotion will not be forgotten and “will take lasting root.” Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 Paul urges Christians particularly in the setting of the family, to “clothe” themselves with kindness, patience, humility, and mercy; to forgive; and, above all, to love! Gospel: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 An angel of the Lord, appearing in a dream to Joseph, urges him to flee with Jesus and Mary to Egypt to escape the murderous schemes of Herod. Later, in another dream, an angel tells Joseph to go with Jesus and Mary to a town called Nazareth in the region of Galilee, thus fulfilling the Scriptures: “He shall be called a Nazarean.” ©1998 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Thursday, January 2 6:30 PM RCIA ~ Rectory UPCOMING MEN’S RETREAT ~ RESOLVE TO RETREAT! All men of St. Peter Claver are invited to attend the Men's Retreat at Holy Family on January 31st- February 2nd. This year's Retreat theme is: “Nothing Less Than Everything”. Join us and revive your body, soul and mind. Enjoy rest and renewal on our 48 beautiful acres. Please join men from St. Peter Claver and other West Hartford parishes to re-charge through conferences, workshops, prayer services, delicious home cooking and plenty of free time. For more information, please call the Retreat Center at 860-521-0440, or contact Tony Torsiello (Parish Promoter) at torsiello88@sbcglobal.net or 860-561-1877. For additional information and to register online for our Retreat, visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org LECTIO DIVINA CONTINUES Monday, January 6 – 10:30 a.m. (In the Choir Room) Tuesday, January 7 – 7:00 p.m. (In the Church) Lectio Divina is an ancient Christian practice of prayer and scripture reading to help us enter deeply into the presence of God. Please come and join us as we gather to listen to God’s Word, meditate on it, reflect on what God is telling us, then respond by conversing with God, followed by contemplation as we let our hearts rest in God.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 5

First Reading: Isaiah 60: 1-6 Second Reading: Ephesians: 3:2-3a, 5-6 Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

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 ggfrailey@gmail.com or dropped off to the Parish Office.


THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS MARY AND JOSEPH STEWARDSHIP CORNER For unto us is born this day a Savior! In response to so great a love, only the gift of my whole self will do. You have given us Yourself, dear Lord, in love and thanksgiving, I commit myself afresh to You.

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~ LITURGY NEWS ~

~ NEW YEAR’S MASSES ~

Tuesday, December 31st 5:30 pm Vigil Wednesday, January 1st 10:00 am 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 (clomma@comcast.net) or Judith Mascola (agcjudith@yahoo.com). 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.

In Search Of Elementary School Principal Candidates The Archdiocese of Hartford is seeking committed, energetic, visionary principal candidates interested in leading Catholic elementary education into the future. Successful candidates will possess at a minimum the following qualifications: Practicing Catholic in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church; Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited college/university; Five years successful teaching and/or administrative experience. Interested candidates should contact Deputy Superintendent Mrs. Maria Maynard via Diane Newell at diane.newell@aohct.org, 467 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002, (860) 242-5573. Available openings will be listed at: http://catholicschoolshartford.org.

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WISHING YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES A HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR 2014! FR. LEARY, DEACON HICKEY & PARISH STAFF 

We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism Jack Clement Cordiano, son of Benjamin & Kristen Cordiano. We congratulate his family and give thanks that our extended parish family is growing. As a parish family we pray that he will grow into the faith into which he has been baptized. +

WORLD WIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER ATTENTION MARRIED COUPLES!! Give you spouse a special gift for the New Year! Sign up now for the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend and receive the gift of a great marriage. This weekend is a positive, simple, common sense private experience between husband and wife that revitalizes marriage. A weekend away renews the romance and excitement you experience during your dating days. If you would like to make your marriage even more special than it already is, register now! A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will help you enjoy life with a new closeness to each other and God. Upcoming dates ~ January 24-16, July 11-13 & November 7-9, 2014. For additional information or to register, please contact Paul and Kim Gilbert at (860) 3760440 or meweekend@gmail.com. ST. ELIZABETH HOUSE SHELTER DINNER On Saturday, January 11, 2014, our tenth grade students and families will provide and serve a meal for the residents of St. Elizabeth House Shelter in Hartford. If you wish to support this effort, monetary donations can be placed in the collection basket in an envelope marked St. Elizabeth House Dinner. Please make checks payable to St. Peter Claver. Tenth grade families please note: Food donations will need to be dropped off at the Parish Center on Saturday, January 11, 2014 between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. For additional information please contact the Religious Education office. RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS Religious give thanks. “Thank you for accompanying us as we care for our elder sisters,” writes a religious superior. Your gift of $1761 to the recent collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps support nearly 34,000 sisters, brothers, and religious order priests past age 70. May God bless you abundantly for your goodness.


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December 29 2013