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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, June 15 4:30 PM Memorial: Edna Buckley Sunday, June 16 8:30 AM Special Intention 10:30 AM Memorial: George McKenna Monday, June 17 6:30 AM 30th Anniversary: Helen Donovan Tuesday, June 18 6:30 AM 6th Anniversary: Robert P. Mara Wednesday, June 19 6:30 AM Memorial: Walter Sas Thursday, June 20 6:30 AM Memorial: Frank Silvia & Evelyn Hoyt Saturday, June 22 4:30 PM Memorial: Dr. Peter & Clementine Amato & Eleanor & John Costello Sunday, June 23 8:30 AM 2013 Graduates 10:30 AM 2013 Graduates

Monday, June 17 7:00 PM Technology Mtg ~ Hall Wednesday, June 19 6:30 PM Komen Survivor Mtg ~ Classroom Friday, June 21 10:00 AM Employment Group Mtg ~ Classroom

June 16, 2013

ELEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13 Because God was displeased with the actions of David concerning Uriah's death in order to marry Bathsheba, God sent Nathan to reprimand David. Nathan reminds David that God anointed him King of Israel and victor over Saul. David realizes his sin against God, but Nathan continues to reveal to David that the child to be born to him shall die. Second Reading: Galatians 2:16, 19-21 Paul writes of the struggles between Gentiles and Jews who both now profess belief in Christ Jesus. Paul proclaims his life in Christ, working towards unity and faith in the Son of God. Gospel: Luke 7:36―8:3 While Jesus was dining at the home of a Pharisee, a woman of the city who was a sinner came and anointed his feet with oil. Weeping, her tears fell upon Jesus' feet and she dried them with her hair. Because of the woman's respect and love, Jesus forgives her sins. This causes those present at the table to question who he is. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF JUNE 23 First Reading: Zechariah 12:10-11, 13:1 Second Reading: Galatians 3:26-29 Gospel: Luke 9:18-24

We are pleased to welcome the following new members who recently joined our Parish Community: Joseph & Dolores Kelliher; James & Christine Flynn; Brian & Kathleen Pencz; Joyce Szekeres; Michael & Kristen Fritz, son Michael Jr., daughter Lillian.

 A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  Jesus sat down for a meal and was caught between the weeping woman and the indignant pharisee. Why is it tough issues always pop up at meals? No wonder we need antacids. Jesus focused on the positives, offering forgiveness to the woman and understanding to the pharisee.

BOTTLES FOR BABIES 2013 The Knights of Columbus at St. Peter Claver Church will be handing out bottles as part of their 4th Annual Bottles for Babies Charity Drive in support of St. Agnes Home. Bottles will be available after each Mass on the weekends of June 15 & 16 as well as June 22 & 23. St. Agnes Home is one of only two organizations in the state of Connecticut that provides a safe residential environment for young mothers and their babies. Their mission gives young mothers the opportunity to complete their education and learn invaluable parenting and life skills. The support that St. Peter Claver has given over the past 3 years has made a critical difference in St. Agnes Home and we hope to continue to help their mission. Thank you for your generous support.


JUNE KIDS’ CAMP FUND COLLECTION – 2013 Summer, with its promise of free time, fun in the sun with friends, is fulfilled for those inner-city kids lucky enough to attend Camp AHIMSA in Voluntown, CT., run by St. Martin de Porres Catholic Worker House. Your donations to our June Kids Camp Fund Collection will allow us to keep our promise to help fund many of these campers (at approximately $75 each) this summer, as we have in the past. Boxes are available on the entry tables now through June 30 for your generous contributions. Checks are to be made payable to St. Peter Claver Church. We thank you once again for your continued generous support. ATTENTION GOLFERS & SPONSORS SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR BIRDIES FOR BABIES CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Please join the Knights of Columbus of St. Peter Claver Church for their annual Birdies for Babies Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, July 8 at historic Wampanoag Country Club in West Hartford. Festivities include raffles, auctions, and giveaways. All proceeds to benefit St. Agnes Home, Inc., a residential facility for young mothers and their babies here in West Hartford. For details on registration and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Pat Phalon at 203-605-6892 or Phil Prespare at 860-573-0731, or email us at COLLECTION TO BENEFIT OKLAHOMA DISASTER VICTIMS The Archbishop’s office has initiated a collection for the recent disaster in Oklahoma. Thus far we have collected $1,471. Anyone interested in making a donation in the next few weeks is asked to place their donation in an envelope marked Oklahoma Disaster and drop it in the collection basket. Checks should be made payable to St. Peter Claver Church. Thank You! Advertiser of the Week We would like to thank…

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STEWARDSHIP CORNER Like the sower in today’s Gospel, I scatter as seed my gifts of time, talent, and resources; and I trust that, by God’s grace and in God’s time, these small gifts of myself may grow and flourish and help to bring about the kingdom of God.

LITURGY NEWS We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism Michael Joseph Fritz, Jr. and Lillian June Fritz, son and daughter of Michael and Kristen Fritz. We congratulate their family and give thanks that our extended parish family is growing. As a parish family we pray that they 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, July 21 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Please call the parish office to register. NWC SCHOLARSHIP SCAMPER 5K ROAD RACE On June 22, 2013, Northwest Catholic High School will host their inaugural NWC Scholarship Scamper 5k Road Race, beginning and ending on the Northwest Catholic campus in West Hartford. This chip-timed event will be competitive for serious runners, welcoming for casual runners and walkers, and fun for everyone. The post-race gathering will include food, beverages and fun for the whole family. All proceeds of the event will go toward scholarships to help deserving students enjoy a Northwest Catholic education. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for youths (18 and under) through June 18th, while race day registration is $30 for adults and $15 for youths. Race day registration runs from 8:30-9:30am, with the race beginning at 10am. The family fun and picnic will follow the race and continue until 2pm. Registration forms are available at Contact Event Chair Patrick Williamson at 860-236-4221 x110 or with questions or for more information.

HOST FAMILIES NEEDED Local West Hartford high school is looking for families to host international students for the 2013-2014 academic year. This is a great opportunity for cultural exchange for families. Responsibilities include providing the student with their own room, meals and transportation to and from school. Students living with a family in West Hartford who qualifies for the town bus are also eligible to take the bus. Families receive a monthly stipend. Interested families please contact Marybeth Hodson at or 860-508-0889.

Faith Formation News For you shall go out with Joy, and be led forth with Peace. Isaiah 55:12 Blessed are Those who Share the Love of the Lord! At the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus said: "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations." Please contact the CCD Office if you hear God calling you to share your faith with His children in our Faith Formation Ministry. Catechists are needed for weekly and monthly classes. Please contact us at for more information. It is a privilege to pass on to others your gift of faith and love for Christ by being a Catechist! We look forward to hearing from YOU soon! God Loves A Cheerful Giver!

Thanks so much to all of our students who bring their offertory envelopes to Mass each week! It is wonderful to read all of the great gifts of time well spent - helping at home, doing good deeds, and growing in strong Christian character. It is also a blessing to see how these young parishioners work hard to develop their God-given talents for dance, sports, music, and school work. The best gifts listed are those that the children see as treasures in their lives - families, friends, and faith! We thank the children for their monetary gifts - and especially thank the parents for teaching their children the importance of worshipping God at Mass. We look forward to seeing our families throughout the summer months!


All parishes must adhere to the Bishops’ requirements for a safe environment. The Faith Formation Office provides Child Lures Parent Guides for families to review at home with their child. This guide helps parents become aware of the ways children may be “lured” by people they know, or feel they can trust, as well as the influence and dangers of the internet. Please contact the CCD Office if you would like a copy of the Guide for review with your family.

Our Confirmation Candidates were asked to Tell Us Why they chose to be confirmed adult members of the Church. They share their thoughts with our Pastor and Parish Family ~ and we welcome them as fully initiated members of the Church! Dear Fr. Leary and my Parish Family, I chose to be confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church for many reasons. First, I strongly value my relationship with God - I believe that everything I do and every event that occurs in my life happens because He plans it. Being confirmed is important to me because it is what my Mother wanted for me. In June of last year, my Mom passed away. It left me and my family devastated, but she always had faith and wanted me to pursue my faith. I believe that prayer truly does change things. Faith in Christ gives me a sense of protection and a positive mindset! ~ Eilish

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR THE 2013/2014 CCD YEAR Forms were recently 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 by June 21st to confirm child’s return to class, hold their placement, and be guaranteed a textbook. We are looking forward to your child’s return! Please contact the CCD Office at 860-521-2904 or email if you have any questions or concerns regarding our teaching ministry. Please notify us if your child is entering Catholic School and will not be returning for CCD classes. Thank You!

IMPORTANT BIBLICAL SCHOOL APPLICATION INFORMATION The Catholic Biblical School, offered by the Archdiocese of Hartford, provides an opportunity for adults to come to know, love, and live the scripture through an in-depth Bible study. The first –year Biblical School class will be offered here at St. Peter Claver beginning this September 9th. The classes will take place on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. IMPORTANT: To apply to the Catholic Biblical School you must: 1. Complete an application form (download from their website, or pick one up from the church office). Bring this form to your interview. 2. Set up an interview with the Chair of Biblical Studies Program, BJ Daly Horell. Interviews can be scheduled May 15 through August 15 by calling Jill Costa in the Office of Religious Education at (860) 243-9465 or For details, please visit the ORE website , or call BJ Daly Horell or Jill Costa or email

In celebration of our Jr. High School, High School, and College graduates a special blessing will be given at all three weekend Masses on the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd. Fr. Leary will ask the graduates and their parents to stand and receive the blessing at the end of each Mass. Congratulations graduates on your many achievements and best wishes in all your future endeavors!!

June16 2013  

Bulletin for June 16, 2013

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