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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

Sacrament of Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal program. Please call the rectory to schedule.

Office Staff Joanne Therrien Debbie Walgren

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.

Organist Tim Stella Cantor Marian Maccarone

Sacrament of Matrimony Those preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage should schedule an appointment with Fr. Leary.


JANUARY 6. 2013

~ MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK ~ Saturday, January 5 4:30 PM Memorial: Mr. & Mrs. George Dubois Sunday, January 6 8:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM Anniversary: Dr. Richard White Haran Monday, January 7 6:30 AM Mass Tuesday, January 8 6:30 AM Memorial: Richard Mahoney Wednesday, January 9 6:30 AM Mass Thursday, January 10 6:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver 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

Tuesday, January 8 7:30 PM Knights of Columbus Mtg ~ Classroom Thursday, January 10 4:30 PM Notre Dame Club Dinner ~ Hall Friday, January 11 12:30 PM CT Walks for Haiti Mtg ~ Classroom CHRISTMAS FOOD BASKET UPDATE A special thank you to the 143 St. Peter Claver families who participated in our Christmas Food Basket Program and the numerous other families who donated money for the purchase of Stop & Shop gift cards for each basket. Through your efforts and generosity we provided Christmas Day meals for over 143 families in Hartford and the surrounding area. God has graced this parish with so many riches, our greatest being our willingness to share with those less fortunate than ourselves. May God bless you all! CHRISTMAS FLOWER OFFERINGS THANK YOU to all who have honored and remembered their loved ones in a special way with memorial contributions for our Christmas Flowers. We will remember your family members and friends at Mass throughout the holiday season.

 FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  After meeting Jesus, the Magi returned home by “another way.” What in your family needs to be done “another way?” Do you need “another way to resolve differences, to communicate or show affection?” This is a new year, time to change what isn’t working. Take a tip from some wise men, there’s always “another way.”

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6 Isaiah rejoices over the light and glory that will shine upon Jerusalem. He describes how the wealth of nations will be brought to Jerusalem, and travelers will arrive bearing gifts and praising God. Second Reading: Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6 Paul explains to the Ephesians that the Gentiles are now co-heirs with the Jews. Through Jesus, they became members of the same body. Therefore, they would receive everything God had promised the Jewish converts if they followed Christ's teachings. Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12 Astrologers from the east came looking for the newborn king of the Jews, which greatly disturbed King Herod. Herod wanted to kill Jesus, and asked the astrologers to return and tell him where Jesus was. The astrologers found Jesus and brought him gifts, but received a message in a dream telling them not to return to Herod. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY12 First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Second Reading: Acts 10: 34-38 Gospel: Matthew: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 I WOULD LIKE TO VOLUNTEER MY TIME TO THE CHURCH CAN THE CHURCH USE MY SKILLS? St. Peter Claver can certainly make use of your skills and talents. Check out the various ministries on our website ~ to learn about the different opportunities. You are welcome to also contact the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235, Opt 3 and indicate where you would like to share your gifts.

ATTENTION: NEW PARISHIONERS New families who have moved into the parish and have not registered are welcome to pick up a census form in the back of the Church following Mass, or call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235, Option 2. This form will officially register you and your family with St. Peter Claver. Please compete and return to the Rectory Office or drop in the collection basket. In addition, families who have changed their address, phone # or e-mail are requested to advise us in order that we update our database. We thank you for keeping our records current.



~ PARISH FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP ~ ParishPay is an alternate means of support for St. Peter Claver in place of envelopes. In lieu of weekly collections, the program will collect monthly contributions from your checking, saving or credit card account. There is NO cost to participate in the program. If you wish to sign up for ParishPay, simply go to, complete an enrollment form (found in the back of the church) and return in an envelope to the Rectory Office or call the Office at 561-4235, option #2. 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 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 ST. PETER CLAVER 2013 WOMEN’S RETREAT SAVE THE DATE!! 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. Come 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. Stay tuned for additional information.

St. Peter Claver Youth Ministry Students in Grades 8 through High School are invited to join the St. Peter Claver Youth Ministry. Their mission is to grow in faith in Jesus Christ through the study of scripture, community service and fun social activities. Meetings are held following the Saturday 4:30 pm Vigil Mass and runs until 7:00 pm. Members are encouraged to attend Mass together. The next meeting will take place on February 2nd. If you have additional questions, contact Beth Boehm at

The three kings in today’s Gospel traveled a great distance at considerable cost to offer their richest gifts to the Infant Jesus. How far will I go and what will I offer to do homage to this newborn King and Savior?


We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism, Calyn Nicole Cooney, daughter of Patrick & Christina Cooney. 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 she has been baptized.

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.

WITH GRATITUDE FOR THE MOST RECENT GIFTS TO OUR COMMUNITY On the weekend of January 13th as the Christmas season comes to a close and we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord, we will also celebrate the gift of all newly baptized babies in our community at all masses. 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 9th, either via email to or drop one off in the Parish Office. RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS UPDATE Thank you for donating $3,204 to the Retirement Fund for Religious. A sister from Pennsylvania writes, “In our prayers, all the sisters remember in a special way the faithful of the dioceses who support the (Retirement Fund for Religious) collection. We realize that their sacrifices and generosity have made this financial assistant possible. May God reward them.”

January 6, 2012 Bulletin  

Bulletin for January 6, 2012

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