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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

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Weekdays: Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m.

Deacon James E. Hickey, Jr.

Pastoral Associate Gigi Frailey

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 Reconciliation Saturday 3:15 to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment.

Sacrament of Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal class. Classes are held the third Sunday every other month. Please call the parish office to make arrangements. Baptisms are celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month during the 10:30 a.m. Mass and 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 and Music Director Tim Stella


Saturday, July 27 4:30 PM Anniversary: John Buckley Sunday, July 28 8:30 AM Memorial: The Tremko Family 10:30 AM Memorial: Stephen Ricci Monday, July 29 6:30 AM Anniversary: Dorothy Mahoney Tuesday, July 30 6:30 AM Special Intention Wednesday, July 31 6:30 AM Memorial: Patrick Halloran Thursday, August 1 6:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Saturday, August 3 4:30 PM Anniversary: John Siczewicz Sunday, August 4 8:30 AM Memorial: The Stalk Family 10:30 AM Memorial: Douglas Brassil Horak If a member of the family for whom the Mass is being celebrated would like to present the gifts, please notify one of our ushers prior to Mass.

July 28, 2013

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32 Abraham pleads with the Lord, who planned to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah because of the evil and sin in those cities. Abraham asks him if he would spare the city if fifty, forty, thirty, twenty or even only ten innocent people were found there. God says that he would spare the cities even for the sake of only ten. Second Reading: Colossians 2:12-14 Paul explains to the Colossians that through baptism, they are raised to life with Christ because they believed in the power of the God who raised him from the dead. Even though they once lived in sin, their sins have been pardoned through Jesus. Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Jesus' disciples asked him how they should pray. He gave them some phrases similar to those now used in the Lord's Prayer. Jesus also reminds the disciples how even men with sins are able to give good things to their children, and explains how much more the heavenly Father wants to give to us. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Friday, August 2 10:00 AM Employment Group Mtg ~ Classroom

Readings for the Week Sunday Gn 18:20-32; Col 2:12-14; Lk 11:1-13 Monday Ex 32:15-24, 30-34; Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42 Tuesday Ex 33:7-11, 34:5b-9, 28; Mt 13:36-43 Wednesday Ex 34:29-35; Mt 13:44-46 Thursday Ex 40:16-21, 34-38; Mt 13:47-53 First Friday Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Mt 13:54-58 First Saturday Lv 25:1, 8-17; Mt 14:1-12

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 4 First Reading: Ecclesiastes: 1:2, 2:21-23 Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-5, 9-11 Gospel: Luke 12:13-21

As we prepare for Faith Formation classes this fall, our CCD program is still in need of catechists to share their faith with the children of our parish. Perhaps God is calling YOU to this important and rewarding ministry in the Church. Many of us would like to offer our gift of faith – but are not sure if we have the time to do so. It may help to know that there are 22 scheduled weekly classes and 7 or 8 monthly classes throughout the year. Classes meet for 1 hour and resources are provided to all catechists for lesson planning. Would you prayerfully consider passing on your faith to one of these groups? IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION In early May, forms were mailed to all registered families which included your child’s/children’s class placement. Since each class is limited to 12 students, we need each family to return their registration form ASAP to confirm child’s return to class, hold placement and be guaranteed a textbook. There are currently 102 students who have not yet returned their form. Please call the Religious Education Office (860) 521-2904 with questions or concerns.


PARISH PAY It’s that time of year again. Families will be traveling during the next few months, and some will be leaving for the entire summer. But, don’t forget about us! Now is the perfect time to sign up for ParishPay to keep your contributions coming in just as our bills! And just think you won’t have to worry about using the “Catch-Up” envelope in the fall. Where ever you are and whatever you are doing this summer, make it a safe and happy one! (We are currently $19,408 behind budget goal.)

YEAR OF FAITH DAY PILGRIMAGE National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, Stockbridge, MA Monday, August 26, 2013 Join Archbishop Mansell for a tour and Mass To register, email: or call: 860‐541‐6491 by 8/19/13. Cost is $50, includes: roundtrip deluxe coach from Hartford and New Haven areas, Comprehensive visit of the Shrine, box lunch, and group gratuity. Visit: for more details. WEST HARTFORD PARISH OUTREACH UPDATE… A GOOD DEED – Our 2nd Annual June Food Collection garnered over 500 bags of food, split between the Town of West Hartford and St. Thomas the Apostle Food Pantries, as well as a $105 cash donation designated for the West Hartford food pantry. Thank you to all at St. Peter Claver who took the time to add to this effort. In addition, we are in need of additional volunteer drivers with an SUV or good size car and someone who is able to life 20 lbs. for the South Park Inn – Whole Foods Ministry. This consists of picking up food on Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 am from Whole Foods on Raymond Rd., and delivering it by noon to South Park Inn. Even if you are not able to do this regularly, but could sign up as an alternate driver, that also would be a big help. If you would like to join this outreach, please contact John Clark, coordinator at 860-521-7257.  A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  Today’s gospel guarantees if we “ask” we will “receive,” perhaps not what we wanted but what our Heavenly Father knows is best for us, His children. All the love we have for our children, God has for us and more. As our children trust us, we must trust “Our Father.”

STEWARDSHIP CORNER Jesus is describing God’s immeasurable generosity when He says in today’s Gospel, “Whoever asks, receives; whoever seeks, finds; whoever knocks, is admitted.” But it should also be the description of us as Christian stewards – those seeking to follow Christ by using our gifts in service to others.


NEWLY BAPTIZED We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism Andrew Kavanaugh Rich son of Brian and Meghan Rich. We congratulate his family and give thanks that our extended parish family is growing. As a parish family we pray that he will grow into the faith into which he has been baptized. ARE YOU BEING CALLED TO LITURGICAL MINISTRY! Confirmed adults, age 16 and over, are eligible to serve as Eucharistic Ministers. Eucharistic Ministers assist the priest by giving Communion either at Mass or to shut-ins. Some serve only at Mass, some serve only the shut-ins and some do both. Individuals who answer the call to this very important and rewarding ministry will receive training. We welcome you to talk to Fr. Leary or contact the parish office if you would like to be considered for this ministry. At this time we also invite anyone interested in taking part in the following ministries to contact us: Lectors, Adult Altar Servers, Ushers and Greeters.

ST. PETER CLAVER ANNUAL SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTION Eyes on the prize – School Supplies! Any type, any size, more than you realize help kids become wise! The items you may so generously donate will provide an increased opportunity to become wiser this school year for the children supplied through St. Martin de Porres Catholic Worker House in Hartford, as well as our West Hartford Parish Outreach to St. Brigid, St. Augustine, and other Hartford schools as well. Some helpful suggestions for our Annual School Supplies Collection, now through August 11 are: glue sticks, wide-ruled paper, highlighters and sharpies, 8-24 packets of crayons, 3-subject notebooks, in addition to spiral-bound. As always, we thank you for your truly generous support of this effort!

Upcoming Adult Enrichment Opportunities SAVE THE DATES On November 17th the parishes of St Peter Claver, St. Mark, St Timothy, and St Thomas will welcome Ms. Lorna Kelly an author and inspirational speaker – to share her story of faith and trust on life’s journey. Born and raised in England, Lorna Kelly moved to America and became the first female fine arts auctioneer in America at Sotheby’s. At a turning point in her life, Ms. Kelly was inspired to travel to India to meet Mother Teresa and to work with her sisters, the Missionaries of Charity—tending to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. Lorna will speak at St Mark the Evangelist Parish Hall on Sunday evening – Nov 17th. All are welcome to join us for dinner before the talk. Stay tuned for more information. On March 10th – 13th, 2014 we will welcome Fr. Frank Matera, an internationally renowned Biblical Scholar to St Peter Claver Parish to lead a Lenten series on the scriptures. The topic is: The Resurrection of Jesus and Our Resurrection from the Dead – the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection as narrated in the Gospels and its implications for our resurrection as explained in Paul’s letters. Lectio Divina, the ancient Christian practice of prayer and scripture reading will resume in the fall. Sessions will be available monthly on a Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. (Ilse Nigro), and a Tuesday, evening at 7:00 p.m. (Maria Roja). Future dates will be announced in September. 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. All are invited to join us for this wonderful practice. On Tuesday mornings beginning September 10th our Lectionary Based Bible Study will resume. Anyone interested in a opportunity to read and reflect on the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday is welcome to attend. We meet from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in classroom #2. The Quest Reflection Booklet from the Office of Small Christian Communities will be used as a guide. Books will be available at our first meeting. No prior scripture study is required. The Archdiocesan Catholic Biblical School will hold its first year classes here at St Peter Claver on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning in early September. Registration is currently taking place through August 15th. If there is a topic you would like presented or a speaker you would like to recommend please let Gigi Frailey in the office know. We are always open for suggestions.

July28 2013