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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 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 Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal program. Please call the rectory to schedule. 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, January 12 4:30 PM Memorial: Dr. & Mrs. Edmund Welch, Sr. Sunday, January 13 8:30 AM Memorial: Jean & Robert Honold 10:30 AM Memorial: Tom Davoren Monday, January 14 6:30 AM Mass Tuesday, January 15 6:30 AM Memorial: Rev. John P. Tracey Wednesday, January 16 6:30 AM Mass Thursday, January 17 6:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Saturday, January 19 4:30 PM Memorial: Joanna Smith Sunday, January 20 8:30 AM Memorial: Aldo, Leo & Madalena Ricciardiello 10:30 AM Memorial: Connor Sorensen

JANUARY 13. 2013

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Isaiah tells of the Lord’s Servant, who will be inconspicuous, but will not rest until justice is established. The Lord then tells his servant that he was formed to be “a light for the nations.” Second Reading: Acts 10:34-38 Peter speaks to a group of pagans for the first time. He explains to them that any person who follows God’s will is acceptable to God, regardless of nationality. Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 John the Baptist had claimed one would come far more powerful than himself, one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit rather than water. When Jesus came to John and was baptized, the Spirit descended on him and a voice said, “You are my beloved Son. On you my favor rests.” ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Monday, January 14 10:00 AM Lectio Divina ~ Choir Room Tuesday, January 15 7:00 PM Lectio Divina ~ Choir Room 7:00 PM Knights of Columbus Mtg ~ Classroom Wednesday, January 16 10:00 AM Playgroup ~ Hall 6:00 PM Cochlear Implant Mtg ~ Hall Thursday, January 17 1:00 PM Prayer Shawl Ministry ~ Classroom Friday, January 18 10:00 AM Employment Group Mtg ~ Classroom

A FEW REMINDERS OF CHURCH PROTOCOL Recently, there has been an increasing number of incidents in the archdiocese in which people have approached the altar to receive Holy Communion, but have not consumed the Host and then taken it with them from the Church. If you see someone doing this, please either politely ask the person to consume the Eucharist or inform a priest, deacon or usher of the incident. We thank you for your assistance in this effort to avoid any desecration of the Eucharist. We also issue a gentle reminder regarding kneeling until the consecrated host is returned to the tabernacle as this signals the time to return to the seated position. In addition out of sensitivity to others and decorum we also ask the congregation to refrain from applauding during Mass. We understand the importance of the homily, the music and parish activities which are certainly a beautiful part of our Mass but nothing compares to the miracle that takes place at the altar.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 20 First Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 Gospel: Matthew: John 2: 1-11 T

NATIONAL VOCATION WEEK This is National Vocation Awareness Week. Celebrate our common vocation of Baptism. Pray for those who are discerning a call to live their baptismal commitment as priests, brothers, or sisters. If you feel a call to religious life, call Rev. Michael Dolan, Director of Vocations at St. Thomas Seminary, 860-761-7456 or visit the web at WEST HARTFORD PARISHES REACH PROJECT To help provide a bit of warmth and comfort to those adults and children living in shelters this winter, in addition to those attending surrounding Hartford schools, we will gather white crew socks, hats, mittens and gloves on Sunday, January 27. Boxes will be available in the sacristy alcove for your generous donation of these much needed items. Anyone interested in counting and sorting for distribution, please join the W.H.P.O. team at St. Mark’s Parish Center at noon that same Sunday. A warm thank you to all who participate in this collaborative project in any way.

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD  LECTIO DIVINA  Lectio Divina is an ancient Christian practice of prayer and scripture reading intended to help us enter deeply into the presence of God to increase our knowledge of God’s Word. Lectio Divina sessions will be offered monthly with two options available: Monday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. presented by Ilse Nigro Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. presented by Maria Roya

STEWARDSHIP CORNER Jesus, whom God called “my beloved Son,” is also the “servant” of whom Isaiah speaks in the first reading. We who are baptized in Christ must follow His example and use our time and resources in the service of God and neighbor. T


January 14 & 15 ~ February 11 & 12 ~ March 11 & 12 Lectio Divina is simply a method that enables us to experience the Living Christ. He is always in our midst, but sometimes we become so busy or are on so much sensory overload that we feel estranged from him and do not hear his voice. Lectio Divina allows us to find Jesus in his Word, in the silence and in our lives. When we reconnect with the Lord by listening to him, our lives take on new power and meaning. Plan to join us for this wonderful practice.

BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, January 20 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of February and March 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.



All men of St. Peter Claver are invited to attend the Men's Retreat at Holy Family on February 1st - February 3rd. This year's Retreat theme is 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. Please join us and revive your body, soul and mind. 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 860-5210440, or contact Tony Torsiello (Parish Promoter) at or 860-561-1877. For additional information and to register online for our Retreat, visit

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS MAY STILL TAKE NORTHWEST CATHOLIC ENTRANCE EXAM Northwest Catholic High School will offer its Entrance Exam for the second time on Saturday, January 26, at 8:00 a.m. This is for students who were unable to take the exam in December. To register for the January exam, students should go to to submit an on-line application and $25 fee ($30 for transfer students).

ST. PETER CLAVER 2013 WOMEN’S RETREAT On the weekend of March 22-24, 2013 the women of our parish are invited to Our Lady of Calvary Retreat Center in Farmington, CT. Experience a weekend filled with rest, relaxation and spiritual renewal. At Our Lady of Calvary, the natural beauty of the grounds and the peaceful atmosphere of the retreat house can provide a much needed break from your daily routine. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the sacraments, to hear conference talks, to share with other women and to reflect on this year’s theme, “If Only You Knew the Gift!” For information call: Ilse Nigro at 860-561-2254

On Sunday, January 20th, come enjoy a cup of coffee and doughnuts and some friendly chatter. We thank the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring this event.

NWC is also offering an Information Session for families who were unable to attend the Open House in November. The Information Session will be held on Thursday, February 7 from 7-8:00 p.m. in NWC's Alice C. Mortensen Theater. The evening will include a question and answer session and a tour of the school. Reservations are requested. Please contact Maryann Lacouture at or 860-236-4221, x140 to RSVP.

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JANUARY 13. 2013

CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS! Please join us on a weekend retreat for college students at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center February 8 - 10, 2013! We understand that the hectic pace of college can often leave college students with the need to rest and reflect in a sacred space. On this retreat, we explore the retreat season theme as well as offer a variety of workshops to strengthen the faith of college students through learning and small-group discussion. The retreat is centered on the liturgy of the Church and enhancing the experience of community among college students. Retreat begins on Friday with a buffet dinner and ends around Noon on Sunday. Offering: $75. For more information, visit their website: or contact Liza Peters at or 860-760-9712.

YEAR OF FAITH PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY WITH ARCHBISHOP MANSELL MAY 20-29, 2013 VISIT ROME, THE VATICAN CITY, ORVIETO, ASSISI, SIENA, FLORENCE, PISA, PADUA AND VENICE Pilgrimage includes an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on May 22, 2013, tours of the historic cities listed, and daily Masses at: St. Peter, St. Mary Major, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. John Lataran. Visit for itinerary, cost, and other details. Deadline for registration is: Friday, January 18, 2013.

Faith Formation News Lord, every nation on earth will adore You. Ps. 72:11 Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord ~ it is the Feast Day commemorating the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. God said, “You are My beloved Son”, as the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus. He is now sent by God to preach the Good News!

ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS! As we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, our children share with us the ways they are fulfilling their own baptismal promises to love God and to bring the light of Jesus to others: Gifts of Time: I was nice to a new friend; Brushed my dog; Made cookies; I was respectful at school; I held the door for my family; I let someone play; Did my homework; Set the table; Let my brother play with my toys; Cleaned my craft room; Put toys away; Helped clean the basement; Played nicely with my brother; Studied; Painted Grandma’s nails; Helped a classmate; Did school work; Helped Mom; Cleaned up cat litter; Gave presents to kids in need; Babysat; Helped start movie night; Read to little children; Did well in school; Dusted the furniture; I was nice to my sister; Gave coats to the homeless; Let my friend pick what she wanted to do on our playdate. Gifts of Talent: Helped my sister make a Lego house; Dance; Piano; Football with cousins; Singing; Reading; Assisted at Unified Theater at Sedgwick; Soccer; Math; Made a gift for Mom; Baseball; Writing; Sports; Did chores; Drawing; Made dinner. Gifts of Treasure: Christmas; My cousin Katie; Family and Friends; Saying my prayers; Grandparents; My church; Everything! (Our children’s kind donations are a blessing to our parish and shows their thoughtful support for the Church - Thank you so much!) UPCOMING WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE Grades 2 – 7: Students meet this week on Sunday, January 13 Tuesday, January 15 Wednesday, January 16 IMPORTANT INFORMATION For Grade 2 Class

A Sacrament Preparation Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10, Tuesday, Feb. 12, Wednesday, Feb. 13 (during your child’s class session.) First Reconciliation: Saturday, March 2 at 10am. First Holy Communion: Saturday, May 4 at 10am and 1pm. Thank you to our Grade 2 Students for bringing in your Respond & Reflect pages to Mass each week! Grade 1: Students meet for their monthly class on the following dates: Sunday, February 3 Tuesday, February 5 Wednesday, February 6 Thank you for bringing in your Time with Jesus pages to Mass each week!

UPCOMING MONTHLY CLASS SCHEDULE Grade 8: Students meet for class on Tuesday, January 15 Sunday, February 3 Wednesday, February 6 Commentary on John Chapter 11 is due this weekend when you attend Mass.

Grade 9: Students meet for class on Sunday, January 13 Tuesday, January 15 Quiz 4 and 5 are due at class. Your Sponsor Form and certificate are also due this weekend.

Grade 10: Students meet for class on Sunday, January 27 Tuesday, January 29 Stewardship Forms are due for review this weekend. Please place in the bin when you attend Mass. Grade 10 Confirmation Retreat takes place on Saturday, February 9th beginning at 10am and ending with attendance at the 4:30pm Mass.

January 13, 2013 Bulletin