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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 19 4:30 PM Memorial: Joanna Smith Sunday, January 20 8:30 AM Memorial: Aldo, Leo & Madalena Ricciardiello 10:30 AM Memorial: Connor Sorensen Monday, January 21 9:00 AM Memorial: Ann Marie Sas Sacheli Tuesday, January 22 6:30 AM Mass Wednesday, January 23 6:30 AM Mass Thursday, January 24 6:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Saturday, January 26 4:30 PM Memorial: Peter Ladd Sunday, January 27 8:30 AM Memorial: Faith McMahon 10:30 AM Memorial: Richard W. O’Connor

Friday, January 25 10:00 AM Employment Group Mtg ~ Classroom MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY MASS SCHEDULE On Monday January 21st in observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday, Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am. Please Note: Both the Religious Education and Parish Offices will be closed. 2013 CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL COLLECTION We gratefully ask for your support of the 2013 High School Collection next weekend January 26/27 which assists our Catholic secondary schools as they provide an education of excellence and turn their students’ dreams into reality. Your gift will have an important impact on the future of deserving young people. ANNUAL MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT CELEBRATION The 6th annual Archdiocesan Marriage Enrichment Celebration will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St., Plantsville, CT. Join other married couples during this Year of Faith for Mass, prayer, and a good deal of laughter focusing on the theme: “Are We There Yet?...Vacations, Vocations and the Transmission of Faith”. Cost $25 per couple, dinner included (scholarships are available). To register, contact Tom and Donna Finn at 860-621-7858 or email to Please R.S.V.P. by January 28th.

JANUARY 20. 2013

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Isaiah 62:1-5 Isaiah prophesizes that Jerusalem will again be held in high esteem by God. He states that all nations will witness its glory. He compares a groom's joy toward his bride to the joy that God will feel toward Jerusalem. Second Reading: I Corinthians 12:4-11 Paul discusses the different gifts and talents bestowed upon different individuals. He explains that each individual receives various talents so that everyone can contribute something to society. Gospel: John 2:1-11 Jesus and Mary attended a wedding where Mary informed Jesus that there was no more wine. At first he said it did not concern him, but then he turned several jugs of water into wine. His disciples were also present, and believed in him more strongly after they witnessed the first sign of glory he revealed to them. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 27 First Reading: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-30 Gospel: Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21 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.

 A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  At Cana we get a good insight into Mary’s parenting style. She did not plead, argue, demand or manipulate. She merely pointed out the situation and trusted her son would make the best decision.



The following reflects figures through the end of December 2012 OFFERTORY AS OF: BUDGET 11/30/12 $443,076 12/31/12 $ 46,154 Year to Date $489,230

ACTUAL $391,184 $ 66,638* $457,822

*Includes ParishPay contributions: $5,684 YTD BEHIND OFFERTORY GOAL: - $31,408 DECEMBER EXPENSES Payroll/Taxes: $31,930; Insurance: $1,555; Employee Benefits: $9,329; Parish Office Expenses: $1,868; Cathedraticum: $2,825; School Support Tax: $2,825; School Assessment: $4,250; Utilities: $1,711; Repairs & Maintenance: $5,264; Sacramental & Liturgy: $4,839; *Includes Christmas & Concert Soloists & Musicians; Charity: $3,683 RE-EMPLOYMENT GROUP… meets every Friday from 10:00 – 11:00 am in the Parish Center. Anyone in search of employment is welcome to attend. MINISTRY TO THE HOMEBOUND St. Peter Claver Parish offers Ministry to the homebound and shut-ins. Do you have a FAMILY MEMBER who has been hospitalized? Is someone homebound or in an area nursing home? PLEASE call the Parish Office and let us know. (860) 561-4235, Opt 3. DEFENDING OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY #47 January 20, 2013 It is with profound gratitude that I thank you for your amazing support of the 2012 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal. Your gifts raised a record-breaking $10,055,967, which will help thousands across our Archdiocese. You have shown that together we can make a vital difference in the lives of so many people in need. I pray that this same sense of solidarity helps us preserve our most fundamental right of Religious Freedom. It is imperative that we keep this issue front and center on the minds of our elected officials. If you haven’t expressed your opposition to the federal healthcare mandate, please contact the White House at: or call: 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414.

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In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells the Corinthians (and us) that all of our gifts are from God and that they are given, not for ourselves alone, but for the common good. But the generosity of God knows no limits – the miracle at Cana reminds us that whenever we faithfully do as God asks, He can change our gifts of water into wine!


We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism, Kayla Ann Jean Colby, daughter of Christopher Colby and Ashley Bilotta. We congratulate her family and give thanks that our extended parish family is growing. As a parish family we pray that she will grow into the faith into which they have been baptized.

BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, March 17 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.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER MARCH 1 ~ 12:00 NOON A planning meeting for the World Day of Prayer Service will take place on Friday, January 25 at 12:00 noon in the St. Peter Claver Choir Room. This year’s theme is: France. We very much appreciate and need your participation. For additional information, contact Evelyn Benoit at 860-5219458 or via email at

LECTIO DIVINA CONTINUES 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 FEBRUARY 11 & 12 ~ MARCH 11 & 12

ST. PETER CLAVER WOMEN’S RETREAT “If Only You Knew the Gift!” Gifting is God’s constant, continual, relentless, unending activity whether or not we are

conscious of it. Gifting is God’s activity of love. Each of us as God’s Beloved is a receiver of gifts of love. Though our response to this activity may be blocked, God invites us to be present to joy and sorrow, to challenges and peace, ultimately to a contemplative way of life. The Spirit entices us to recognize the gifts in our joyous, fearful, lonely and frightening experiences as we grow in awareness and willingness to share our gifts with the world. Come away to discover and honor the gifts of your heart that you might be healed, strengthened, gentled and blessed, and in turn offer grace, healing and blessing to others. 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. For information call: Ilse Nigro at 860-561-2254

ST. PETER CLAVER MEN’S RETREAT A SEASON OF PROMISE All men of St. Peter Claver are invited to attend the Men's Retreat at Holy Family on February 1st - February 3rd, 2013. 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 860-521-0440, or contact Tony Torsiello (Parish Promoter) at or 860-561-1877. For additional information and to register online for our Retreat, visit

Faith Formation News Your words, Lord, are Spirit and Life.

John 6:63

Today is the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Time It is called “ordinary” because the weeks are numbered in order, beginning with the Baptism of the Lord last Sunday. Our readings will now follow the words and actions of Jesus throughout His teaching ministry on earth. As Catholics, we know that Christ’s coming was truly extraordinary!

ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS! Thanks so much to all of our students who bring their envelopes to Mass each week! It is wonderful to read all of the great gifts of time well spent, helping at home and doing good deeds - and the many talents being pursued - dancing, sports, and music. The best is the way our students recognize the treasures in their lives, especially all that God has given - our Families, Friends, and the Gift of Christ’s Love! Gifts of Time: Altar server, Cleaned my room, Went shopping with Mom, Took my flu shot without complaining, Taught a CCD class, Helped feed my friend’s gerbils, Helped my brother with homework, Played with my dog, Watched my brothers, Donated a book, Prayed for my Mom’s health, Helped my sister, Made my brother happy, Gave a muffin to my sister, Helped my friend study, Did my homework, Helped my Dad make breakfast, Prayed, Helped a friend write an essay, Helped my friend with her sprained ankle, Reading to my brother, Set the table, Did chores, Cleaned litter box, Took out the garbage. Gifts of Talent: Gymnastics, Played at my first violin recital, Dance, Made dinner for my family, Played violin with my brother at a church in Vermont, Made my sister a skirt, Basketball, Soccer. Gifts of Treasure: My parents, My home. (May God bless the children and their families for the monetary gifts placed in their envelopes and offered at Mass each week!) CLASS SCHEDULES

GRADE 1: Students meet for their monthly class as follows: Sunday, Feb. 3; Tuesday, Feb. 5; or Wednesday, Feb. 6. Activity 24 is due next Sunday, Jan. 27, and is placed in the basket as a special offering to Jesus. GRADE 2 - 6: Students meet for their weekly class as follows: Sunday, Jan. 27; Tuesday, Jan. 29; or Wednesday, Jan. 30. Grade 2 students bring their weekly Reflect and Respond page to Mass to place in the basket at the altar. GRADE 2 SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION: There will be an important informational meeting for all Parents of Grade 2 students on Sunday, Feb. 10; Tuesday, Feb. 12; or Wednesday, Feb. 13 (on the day and time of your child’s class). Our First Reconciliation Celebration takes place on Saturday, March 2nd at 10am. (Snow date - March 9) Our First Holy Eucharist Celebration takes place on Saturday, May 4th at 10am and 1pm. GRADE 7 MORALITY COURSE: The next class session takes place as follows: Sunday, Jan. 27 or Tuesday, Jan. 29. Please read Chapter 3 and complete the Lesson 3 assignment. Place in your teacher’s folder in the designated bin in the Parish Hall. Please check your class calendar (in folder) for the dates of class sessions and your home reading schedule. Parents are asked to work with students on the study of morality at home. GRADE 8 STUDY OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN: Students meet on Sunday, Feb. 3; Wednesday, Feb. 6; or Tuesday, Feb. 12. Commentary of the Gospel of John Chap. 12 is due this weekend when you attend Mass. GRADE 9 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION - YEAR 1: Students meet on Sunday, Feb. 10 or Tuesday, Feb. 12. Sponsor Forms and certificates are now due. Please place in bin as soon as possible. Stewardship Forms are due next Sunday, Jan. 27 for review by the office in order to record your current service projects. GRADE 10 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION - YEAR 2: Students meet on Sunday, Jan. 27 or Tuesday, Jan. 29. Stewardship Forms are due for review. The Book Review on “She Said Yes” is also due at this time.

Bulletin for January 20, 2013