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SAINT PETER CLAVER Welcome to our Parish Family! Office 47 Pleasant Street, West Harord, CT 06107 Office Hours Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Phone 860-561-4235 Fax 860-561-0552 E-mail Parish Website

PARISH MEMBERSHIP Through bapsm 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 registraon is our only means of cerfying 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. Pallo Pastoral Associate ...........................Gigi Frailey Religious Educaon Office DRE ................................................ Angela Clement RE Assistant………………………...Beth Boehm 860-521-2904 Office Hours – Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 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 Bapsm must aend a pre-bapsmal class. Please call the Parish Office to make arrangements. Bapsms 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 intenons are accepted any me by contacng the Parish Office. Parishioners are welcome to join the prayer chain by calling the Parish Office.


Saturday, January 14 4:30 PM Memorial: Mr. & Mrs. George Dubois Sunday, January 15 8:30 AM Memorial: Harold Sedlik 10:30 AM Memorial: Meliha Niemann Monday, January 16 7:00 AM Memorial: Thomas Fahy Tuesday, January 17 7:00 AM Memorial: William Kwiatkowski Wednesday, January 18 NO MASS Thursday, January 19 7:00 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Friday, January 20 7:00 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Saturday, January 21 4:30 PM Memorial: Josephine Pelullo Sunday, January 22 8:30 AM Memorial: Robert Bouvier 10:30 AM 1st Anniversary: Robert W. Quinn

January 15, 2017

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 This reading is a short passage from the second song of the Servant of the Lord. The Lord will show his glory through His servant whose mission is to restoreIsrael and bring salvation “to the ends of the earth.” Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Paul sends greetings to the people of Corinth, who have been called to be holy and consecrated in Christ. Gospel: John 1:29-34 When Jesus visits John, John recognizes Jesus as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John further indicates that Jesus is truly the Messiah and “God’s chosen One.” ©1998 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Monday, January 16 Parish Office Closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Tuesday, January 17 9:30 AM Bible Study - Classroom 2 Wednesday, January 18 4:00 AM Sandwich Ministry – Parish Hall Thursday, January 19 6:30 PM Qi Gong – Parish Hall

PARISH DIRECTORIES are expected to be delivered early February. We will communicate through the Bulletin and a Pulpit Announcement when the directories will be available for pick up in the Parish Hall after Masses for those who sat for a portrait or submitted a picture. Thank you!

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 22nd First Reading: Isaiah 8:23-9:3 Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17 Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

YEAR END TAX STATEMENTS End-of-the-year statements will be mailed at the end of January to all parishioners contributing $400 and above for IRS substantiation requirements. If you do not receive a statement and would like one, please call 860-561-4235 or email We will be happy to forward one to you.



INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT This series of lectures will focus on the four gospels of the New Testament and the implications for an adult spirituality in the world of today. We will examine the major themes and personalities of the New Testament. Please bring a Bible to each of the four sessions.

St. Peter Claver Parish Hall Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM January 25, February 1, 8, and 15 Deacon Bob Pallotti teaches for the Catholic Biblical School of the Archdiocese of Hartford, as well as teaches Morality, Ethics, and Homiletics for the Deacon Formation Process for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Deacon Bob has a B.A. in History, M.A. in Religious Studies, and a Doctor of Ministry in Applied Theology D.Min. Come and join us and bring a friend! If interested please e-mail Deacon Bob at or phone 860-761-7446.





Prospective Student Open House will be on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM. For more information, please call 860-236-0614 or visit our website at Space is available for all grades 6-8 for next fall.


will offer its Entrance Exam to students in Grades 8 and 9 on January 23 rd at 8:30 AM. An application will serve as your registration for the exam. There will be an Information Session for prospective families on February 2nd at 7:00 PM at Northwest Catholic. For more information or to apply, please go online to

HOLY FAMLY RETREAT CENTER MEN’S RETREAT All men of St. Peter Claver Church are invited to attend the Men’s Retreat at Holy Family on February 3-5. This year’s Retreat theme is The Light of Simplicity. This Retreat will explore how simplicity can shine a light on what is really essential and important in our lives and what it means to live a simple life so that we can discover true freedom and joy. 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. Cost is $315. Register at or call 860-7609705. For more info, contact Tony Torsiello at 860-561-1877 or

COUPLES’ WEEKEND RETREAT FEB 10-12 Couples of all faiths and backgrounds are invited to a weekend retreat exploring how simplicity can shine a light on what is really essential and important in our lives. Enjoy home-cooked meals, dynamic teaching, uplifting music, healing arts therapies (additional cost), and a festive Valentine’s gourmet dinner on Saturday night. $650 per couple, contact information: 860-760-9705.



is a Catholic elementary school for children age three through grade 5. There will be an Open House for all grades on Wednesday, January 25 and a Kindergarten Breakfast for parents of prospective Kindergarteners on Tuesday, February 7. All are welcome to attend these events, but reservations are required. Please contact Mrs. Klingman at 860-236-6257 or or visit the school’s website

Join us for a gourmet buffet dinner prepared by Holy Family’s talented chef and three wines to complement the meal courses. Menu includes spicy roasted tiger shrimp, chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce, Maine lobster cassoulet, nine spice Moroccan stew, and chocolate heart-shaped mousse cake with espresso cream Anglaise. Couples and singles are most welcome. $150 per couple, $75 per person. contact information: 860760-9705.

“I desire to do your will, my God; Your law is within my heart." Psalm 40:8

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time 1/15/2017

In the Gospel of John, we hear John the Baptist call Jesus the “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world”. This is truly Good News! John’s testimony about Jesus shows us the difference between John's baptism and the Baptism that Jesus will establish. John baptizes with water; Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit. The purpose of John's baptism was to make Jesus known to Israel. John's witness is an excellent example of what it means to be a disciple of Christ. By our Baptism, we are called to make Jesus known to all the world by our words and actions ~ and to be His witnesses by following Him and sharing His love and mercy!

FAITH FORMATION CLASSES Grades 3 - 6 Weekly Class Dates

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Sunday, Jan. 22, 9:30-10:30am. Tuesday, Jan. 17, 3:45-4:45pm. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2:15-3:15pm.

The students in our Faith Formation classes learn what it means to be faithful stewards of God’s Gifts ~ to share our time, talent and treasure - to strengthen our Church and make the world a better place!

Monthly Class Dates Grade 1: Students meet on Sunday, Feb. 5, 9:30am.

Each month, the students take part in an Outreach Project. During our Dollars for Deeds project, the students did good deeds to raise funds for the needy in Haiti. All donations were sent to the Food for the Poor Ministry. Here are some of the deeds the students performed:

Grade 2: Parents and Students meet on Sunday, Jan. 22, 9:30am. Their will be a Penance Preparation Meeting in the Parish Hall for Parents while the children attend class and review the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Grade 7: Students meet on Sunday, Feb. 5, 11:45am – 12:45pm. Grade 8: Students meet on Sunday, Feb. 5, 11:45am - 12:45pm. Grade 9: Students meet on Sunday, Jan. 22, 11:45am - 12:45pm. Grade 10: Confirmation Candidates meet on Sunday, Jan. 22, 11:45am-1pm. An email was sent to all families with important dates to prepare for our upcoming Confirmation on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Please Note: There are NO Classes this Sunday, January 15, due to the observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend. Sunday Students return to class on January 22. We continue to need volunteers to facilitate our Children’s Liturgy of the Word Ministry during the Sunday 10:30am Mass ~ and we also need Substitute Catechists! Please contact the Faith Formation Office with any questions at 860-521-2904 or email Office hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am4pm or by appointment. Thank You!

Raked leaves in my yard. ~ Brady Helped to make literacy kits for the United Way. ~ Patrick and Michael Did my chores at home. ~ Benjamin Helped my friends. ~ Ella Not fighting with my sister. ~ Max Raked my Grandmother’s yard. ~ Hannah Helped my neighbor with their dog. ~Patrick Took out trash and raked leaves. ~ Carolyn and Jackson Cleaned the gutters around the house. ~Shane Cared for neighbor’s yard and collected mail while he was in the hospital. ~ Bryant Babysat for my little sister. ~ Jacob Cleaned the house and did laundry for my Mom in preparation for the holidays. ~Fallon Students also brought donations of baby items for our Gifts for Baby Jesus Outreach. All items will be donated to St. Gerard’s Center in Hartford, which cares for needy mothers and their babies. The following gifts of kindness were listed on our Children’s Offertory Envelopes. We ask God to bless all parents for teaching their children to follow Jesus and share His love! Helped a friend; Played with brother; Cleaned my room; Made cookies; Read my Bible; Shared my toys; Played with friends at Miracle League Kids Club; Sang at Mass; Helped clean up kitchen; Visited grandparents; Learning prayers; Listening to Mom; Thankful for my family.

CHILDREN‛S LITURGY OF THE WORD! Please consider helping in this wonderful Ministry! Meeting: Sunday, January 22 Place: Parish Hall Time: 1:00 PM This is a wonderful way for our youngest parishioners to learn the lessons and teachings of Jesus in a setting where giggling and fidgeting are expected and questions encouraged. All children ages 4 to 8 are invited to join (those younger than 4 may attend with a parent to help them.) Children will be led out at the beginning of the Liturgy of the Word of 10:30 AM Mass to the Parish Hall where they will explore the Gospel together, and then return to the Sanctuary following the offertory to celebrate the remainder of Mass with their families. This is a beautiful ministry opportunity as well! Whether you have children of your own or just have the heart of a child, please consider volunteering your time to share the love of God. You will develop a deeper understanding of the message of the Gospel readings and also get some beautiful smiles in return. Training and material will be provided. If you are curious about ways you can help or have any ideas or feedback to share, please contact the Faith Formation Office at 860.521.2904 or at


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