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SAINT PETER CLAVER Welcome to our Parish Family!

Office 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford, CT 06107 Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Phone 860-561-4235 Fax 860-561-0552 E-mail st.peterclaver@sbcglobal.net Parish Website www.stpeterclaver.parishlink.com

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 or sign up for ParishPay. 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.

“Speak to them with your hands before you speak to them with your lips.” St. Peter Claver

SCHEDULE OF MASSES Saturday Vigil .....................................................................................4:30 p.m. Sunday............................................................................. 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday............... 7:00 a.m.

Pastor ........... Reverend Robert Kwiatkowski

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Saturday ......................................... 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Deacon............................... James E. Hickey, Jr. Deacon.................................. Robert M. Pallotti Pastoral Associate......................... Gigi Frailey Religious Education Office DRE ............................................. Angela Clement RE Assistant………………………...Beth Boehm 860-521-2904 spcreled@sbcglobal.net Office Hours – Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Office Staff ......................................... Marie Carr Debbie Walgren Music Director ................................... Tim Stella Cantor ............................................ Ray Hardman

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal class. Please call the Parish Office to make arrangements. Baptisms are celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 12:00 noon by appointment only. SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY Those preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage should schedule an appointment with Fr. Kwiatkowski at least six months in advance. PRAYER CHAIN Requests and intentions are accepted any time by contacting the Parish Office. Parishioners are welcome to join the prayer chain by calling the Parish Office.


CHURCH OF SAINT PETER CLAVER WEST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

Saturday, February 18 4:30 PM Memorial: Harold Sedlik Sunday, February 19 8:30 AM Memorial: John F. Roche 10:30 AM Memorial: Johnny Moran Monday, February 20 Presidents’ Day 7:00 AM Special Intention Tuesday, February 21 7:00 AM Memorial: Manuel, Georoina and Joe Costa Wednesday, February 22 NO MASS Thursday, February 23 7:00 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Friday, February 24 7:00 AM Memorial: Helen D. Batch Saturday, February 25 4:30 PM Memorial: Denis Mullane Sunday, February 26 8:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM Memorial: John Shugrue

February 19, 2017

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18 The Lord urges Moses to tell the Israelite Community to love their neighbors as themselves. They should bear no grudge or hatred against another. Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 3:16-23 Paul, once again, reminds the Corinthians that they are the temple of God, and, as such, must avoid internal disputes and wrangling. He tries to make them realize that they belong to Christ and that the Spirit of God dwells within them. Gospel: Matthew 5:38-48 In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts his followers to do an extraordinary thing — to love their enemies and to pray for their oppressors. He reminds them that there is nothing laudatory in loving those who love them for even the “pagans” do this. He urges them to “turn the other cheek” and to “walk the extra mile.” ©1994 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Monday, February 20 Parish Office Closed in observance of Presidents’ Day Tuesday, February 21 11:00 AM Book Group – Classroom 2 Thursday, February 23 9:30 AM Bible Study – Classroom 2

Soup & Bread Supper Please join us in the Parish Hall on Ash Wednesday, March 1, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Chris Ducot, the Director of The Catholic Worker House, will be our Guest Speaker. Tickets will be sold after all Masses on Feb 18-19 and Feb. 25-26. The cost of the tickets will be $7 for adult, $3 for children, and $20 for family. Contact Susan at 860-561-3648 for more information.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF February 26th First Reading: Isaiah 49:14-15 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34

BOOK CLUB All are invited to join the St. Peter Claver Book Club for two evenings of discussion on the book entitled, God and the Afterlife by Jeffrey Long, M.D. (available on Amazon.com). Dr. Long is a longtime medical researcher into the Near Death Experience and has established the most informative website named NDERF. He is a wellregarded researcher of NDEs and works as a Radiologist. We will discuss how to understand these experiences in the light of the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church. We will meet on Wednesday, March 8 & 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Please contact Deacon Bob at dcn.robert.pallotti@aohct.org.


SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

The following reflects the Parish finances from January 1st through the end of December 2016 INCOME 2016 2015 Offertory: $543,362 $407,156 Investment Income: 9,365 11,108 Stole Fees: 11,375 13,645 Gifts and Donations: 368,169* 238,857 Temp Restricted Donations: 33,075 11,530 Religious Education Fees: 32,861 23,846 Other: 14,460 10,043 TOTAL $1,012,667 $716,185 EXPENSES Salaries/Payroll Taxes: $338,394 $349,870 Benefits: 99,076 100,819 Utilities: 35,338 41,156 Insurance: 20,999 20,962 Repairs/Maintenance: 86,731 95,391 Office/Rectory: 29,802 32,020 Sacramental: 14,859 18,222 Religious Education: 31,799 30,003 Charity: 69,187 14,032 Cathedraticum: 22,393 23,180 School Support Tax: 22,393 23,180 Catholic School Assessment 8,375 11,750 Other: 41,869 33,092 TOTAL: $821,215 $793,677 DIFFERENCE: $191,452 ($77,492) *Includes Annual Collection to Date Let us be grateful for the gifts God has given us! 2016 PARISH STATISTICS Adults 2,260 Children 835 Families 1,088 October Count 870

Baptisms - 17 1st Communion - 51 Confirmation - 46 Weddings - 5 Funerals - 28

BASKETBALL, WOMEN AND THE CHURCH…Our Lady of Calvary Retreat, Farmington, Feb 22: Women and the Church. Joan Kennedy will lead this highly interactive program. Reservation for dinner at 6:00 p.m. is $15. Offering for the program, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. is $25. Contact at olcretreat@sbcglobal.net or phone 860-677-8519.

In preparation for Lent, a Daily Reflections booklet will be available at the church entrances next weekend, February 25 and 26.

ADULT ENRICHMENT Book discussion on “The Gift of Years, Growing Older Gracefully” by Joan Chittister will be held on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on February 21 through March 18. This amazing book on attitudes and perspectives that make growing older a new stage of life that can be well lived. Please sign up at the Parish Office. Before the first meeting, please purchase a copy of the book (Amazon $8.02) and read the introduction and Chapters 1-7. Verne Mahoney is the facilitator.

Statement Regarding the Executive Order on Refugees and Migrants Archbishop Leonard P. Blair affirms the January 27 statement made in Washington, D.C., by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that the Bishops “believe in assisting all those who are vulnerable and fleeing persecution, regardless of their religion… welcoming newcomers and refugees is an act of love and hope.” The social teaching of the Catholic Church has long given consideration to the issue of immigration based on fundamental moral principles that flow from both faith and reason. “What are some of those principles?” Archbishop Blair asked in an article published in 2014, “For one,” he wrote, “people have a right to a decent life in their own homeland so that they don’t have to leave; but if that fails, people also have the right to migrate to support themselves and their families, just as so many of our ancestors did. Another principle is the rule of law and the right that sovereign nations like the United States have to control their own borders, but this does not abolish the duty every country has not only to grant asylum to the persecuted and to war refugees, but also to respect the basic human dignity and human rights of every immigrant… As good Catholics and good citizens, let us make a positive, informed and morally principled contribution to the national debate.”


“Whoever keeps the word of Christ, the love of God is truly perfected in him.”

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 John 2:5

February 19, 2017

Our readings this week remind us that we are called to Love - as God loves us! We follow Jesus when we love our family, friends, neighbors and even our enemies. Love begins at home and flows into all of our other relationships. Friends are the family that we choose and we respond by being good friends in return. We have a responsibility to love our neighbors near and far by sharing our prayers and helping those in need. Our biggest challenge is to love those who don’t love us back, but God asks us to pray for those who hurt us. Loving isn’t always easy, but that’s when it becomes action instead of feeling. In John’s Gospel we hear what it means to follow Jesus ~ “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 Please Note: There are NO Classes this Sunday, Feb. 19 and on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21 & 22 due to the President’s Day Holiday and Winter Break.

FAITH FORMATION CLASSES Grades 3 - 6 Weekly Class Dates Sunday, Feb. 26, 9:30-10:30am. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 3:45-4:45pm. Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2:15-3:15pm.

Monthly Class Dates Grade 1: Students meet on Sunday, Mar. 5, 9:30am. Grade 2: Students will receive their First Reconciliation on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11am and 1:30pm. Parents are asked to accompany their children for this special celebration and arrive a half hour prior to start time. Students meet for class on March 12 at 9:30am.

Quotes from Pope Francis “The Love of God is not something vague; the Love of God has a name and a face ~ Jesus Christ!” “We cannot trust in our own strength, but only in Jesus and His mercy.” “However dark things are, goodness always reemerges and spreads. Each day in our world beauty is born anew. “ “We must restore hope to young people, help the old, be open to the future, spread love. Be poor among the poor. We need to include the excluded and preach peace.”

Grade 7: Students meet on Sunday, Mar. 5, 11:45am – 12:45pm. Grade 8: Students meet on Sunday, Mar. 5, 11:45am - 12:45pm. Grade 9: Students meet on Sunday, Feb. 26, 11:45am - 12:45pm.

Let us Pray ~

Lord, teach us to be good neighbors, not just to those who live nearby Grade 10: Confirmation Candidates meet on Sunbut to everyone. day, Feb. 26, 11:45am-1pm for class and a presentation by Mrs. Anne O’Gorman. Final Confirmation Interviews take place this Thursday, Feb. 23. Please arrive at the Rectory Office.

Help us to see the best in all people and want the best for all Your precious children.

Our Faith Formation Ministry is in need of parishioners to help in a variety of ways with our many programs, activities and events throughout the year. We welcome your assistance with our Children’s Liturgy of the Word ministry, which takes place during the 10:30am Mass according to the Faith Formation calendar. We are also in need of substitute catechists and office helpers. Please contact Angie or Beth if you wish to offer your time and talent. Thank You!

Encourage us all to return to our Father and to the warmth of Your embrace. ~ John Birch, Faith and Worship.com

Contact Information: Please call the Faith Formation Office at 860-521-2904 or email spcreled@sbcglobal.net. Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am4pm or by appointment.


ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER The St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus will be hosting their annual St. Patrick‛s Day Corned Beef Dinner! When: Saturday evening, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. Where: St. Peter Claver Church – Parish Hall 47 Pleasant Street, West Hartford Cost: $12 per person & children under 12 are free There will be Irish music throughout the evening performed by Ginny Worrel and Craig Stalk, and Irish Step Dancers from The Coogan School of Irish Dance. Tickets will be sold after all Masses starting next weekend, February 25th and 26th. Consider a purchase of 8 or 10 tickets to guarantee a reserved table in your name! For information, contact Dennis Swanton at 860-810-7758.


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February 19, 2017