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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 Priest In Residence Reverend Thomas J. Sas Deacon James E. Hickey, Jr.

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Weekdays: Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m.

Pastoral Associate Gigi Frailey

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

Religious Education Office Janine Cote, 860-521-2904, Sacramental Coordinator Krista Eddy, 860-521-2904 Office Staff Joanne Therrien Debbie Walgren Organist Tim Stella 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, March 10 8:00 AM Memorial: David Smith & Elizabeth Pericolosi 4:30 PM Memorial: Marjorie Gorman Sunday, March 11 8:30 AM Memorial: Titine Esteves 10:30 AM Memorial: James F. Shugrue Monday, March 12 6:30 AM Mass Tuesday, March 13 6:30 AM Special Intention Wednesday, March 14 6:30 AM Mass Thursday, March 15 6:30 AM Mass Friday, March 16 6:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Saturday, March 17 8:00 AM Mass 4:30 PM Memorial: John Buckley Sunday, March 18 8:30 AM Memorial: Joanna Smith 10:30 AM Memorial: Richard Lombardi

MARCH 11, 2012

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT First Reading : Exodus 20:1-17 Through Moses, God passed on the commandments he wished all people to follow. He tells us not to worship idols or take the name of the Lord in vain. All the laws God gave to us, if followed, would ensure that we could live in peace and harmony with one another as he had planned. Second Reading : I Corinthians 1:22-25 Paul tells the Corinthians that Christ is the power and the wisdom of God. Although they claimed to possess wisdom, “God’s folly is wiser than men, and his weakness is more powerful than men.” Gospel: John 2:13-25 Jesus went to the temple of Jerusalem to find merchants there selling sheep and doves. He knocked over their tables and drove the animals away. The merchants asked him for a sign that he was authorized to do this. He told them to “destroy this temple (referring to his body) and in three days I will raise it up.” The merchants misunderstood, and did not believe he could rebuild in three days what had taken nearly 50 years to build. Still many believed in him, after seeing the miracles he had performed. © 1999 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Tuesday, March 13 7:00 PM Employment Group ~ Classroom Friday, March 14 10:00 AM Playgroup ~ Hall Thursday, March 15 10:30 AM CT Walk for Haiti Meeting ~ Classroom Saturday, March 17 6:00 PM St. Patrick’s Day Dinner ~ Hall

Next Sunday March 18, after morning mass, come enjoy a cup of coffee and doughnuts and some friendly chatter sponsored by the Haitian Ministry.

A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE Today’s gospel says Jesus chased the merchants out of the temple, it doesn’t say He was angry. Jesus teaches us to act from conviction and not from anger. He didn’t condemn the merchants, only their business practice. Attack the behavior and not the person.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 18 First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Second Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10 Gospel: John 3:14-21

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER Please join us on Saturday, March 17 at 6:00 pm for a traditional Irish dinner. Tickets are $12 and are available after all masses or by contacting Joe Cassano at 860-521-5986. This year's entertainment will be provided by John Geida and once again the usual cooks headed up by Joe Whittel and Kevin Curley will keep the kitchen busy providing the corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, soda bread, etc. Don't miss this annual gala event. The St. Peter Knights of Columbus will be hosting this event.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS Please join us for the Stations of the Cross at St. Thomas the Apostle next Friday, March 16th at 7:00 pm

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT LENTEN CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY PROJECT Continuing with our ‘WORK’ for March 10/11 GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY, we will attend to the needs of those served at Immaculate Conception Men’s Shelter with our collection of coffee, juice, tea and hot cocoa. For March 17/18, our ‘WORK’ will be SHELTER THE HOMELESS. For the Friendship Center and Soup Kitchen at Mercy Housing, we would appreciate all types of paper goods and cleaning supplies such as paper towel, napkins, toilet paper, soaps, detergents and other household cleaners. In addition, we continue to collect new and gently-used men’s shoes and boots. Thank you for your ongoing support of this project.

DO YOU HEAR THE LORD? Do we demand signs or do we hear the Lord speaking to our heart? If your heart is telling you to discern a vocation to priesthood, call Fr. Michael Dolan (860) 761-7456, email or visit the web at

 JOHNNY’S JOG  March 24, - 11:00 a.m. Johnny’s Jog for Charity is inspired by a young child, Johnny Moran, a St. Peter Claver parishioner who has bravely battled an unknown neuromuscular condition since the day he was born. With the unending love and support of so many individuals and organizations, Johnny continues to persevere through life’s seemingly unbearable challenges. The vision of “Johnny’s Jog for Charity” is to bring the community together with a grand St. Patrick’s Day event benefiting local non-profit children's organizations so these organizations can touch other families in the same way they have touched Johnny’s family. This run is a lot of fun and family oriented (face painters, green costumes, and lots of decorated strollers!!). For more information on how to register for the run go to Cost to register is $35 per person (13 and under free). Let's show the Moran family that St. Peter Claver Church is there for them. Johnny's Jog for Charity is a 501 C-3 tax exempt charity.  FIRST COMMUNICANT  PRAYER BUDDIES All are welcome to pick a prayer buddy and pray for one of our First Communicants. Our second graders are preparing to receive the sacrament of First Communion on May 5th. The tree with our second grader prayer buddies is located in the back of the church. Please pick a name and keep them in your daily prayers through First Communion.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER “You shall not covet” is perhaps a difficult commandment to keep in our consumer-oriented society. But as Christian stewards, we know that we are the recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. May this understanding that all is gift help us be less resentful of the gifts of others.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY The next Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be held on Sunday, March 18 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children ages 4-12 will be led to the Parish Center where they are welcome to participate in an age appropriate interpretation of the Scripture Readings and Homily. They are then escorted back to their parents to continue celebrating the remainder of the Mass. BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, March 18 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of April and May should call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235 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. ~ DAFFODIL DAYS ~ Help fight cancer…with daffodils! Support the American Cancer Society in their effort to educate, provide services and support and invest in research to find a cure. There are many options to choose from. Please consider purchasing a bouquet for our HEAL Team to deliver to our sick and homebound parishioners. Place orders in back of church now through March 7 or online using a credit card through March 2 (see website for details). Payment is due at time of delivery for orders not paid for online - checks made payable to American Cancer Society. Daffodils will be delivered after Masses on the weekend of March 24 and 25. 2012 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL The 2012 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal is now underway in our parish. Your support of this year’s Appeal ensures that essential charitable, educational and pastoral ministries of the Archdiocese of Hartford are continued and carried forward. We hope you can help meet our parish goal of $90,000. If you would like to make a gift, simply mail in your pledge card. You may also contact our parish secretary, visit the Archdiocesan website at or call the Annual Appeal Office at (800) 781-2550. Keep in mind that an early pledge will allow for a monthly payment plan.

Join us on two Thursday evenings during Lent and be inspired by the stories of some of our favorite Saints.


“The Inspiration of the Saints” in your Lenten practice this year Both evenings will begin in the

Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

Thursday evening March 22nd Gregory M. Kay - Why St. Paul matters today. Gregory M. Kay has taught theology at Sienna College and St. Mary College. He is presently an interdenominational chaplain at Duncaster Retirement Community in Bloomfield, and a Spiritual Director. Gregory is a member of Sacred Heart Church in Bloomfield. Gregory’s topic is “Why St. Paul Matters Today”.

Ilse Nigro - St. Edith Stein Ilse Nigro has been a member of St. Peter Claver Parish for many years. Edith Stein’s path from atheism to sainthood has been a source of inspiration for Ilse. Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, as Edith Stein became known as a Carmelite nun, was canonized by Pope John Paul II in Rome on October 11, 1998.

Thursday evening March 29th Janine Cote - St. Julie Billiart Janine Cote is currently the Director of Religious Education at St. Peter Claver Church. Janine will speak about St. Julie Billiart, a founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame. “Just as the sunflower turns always to the sun, we should always turn toward God”, this metaphor of St. Julie has had a powerful impact on Janine’s life. 

Sean Kennelly - St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions Sean Kennelly, a native of Dublin, Ireland, was a member of St. Peter Claver Parish for many years and is currently a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Storrs. Sean’s interest in the Uganda Martyrs stems from his years as missionary in Kenya from 1963 to 1967. Between 1885 and 1887 22 Catholics and 12 Protestants were viciously martyred in Uganda for their Christian Faith. St. Charles Lwanga and his Companions were canonized in 1964.

Collaborative Lenten Mission “From Fragmentation to Wholeness” with Fr. Vincent Youngberg

March 12-15, 2012 St. Helena Church, 30 Echo Lane West Hartford The mission begins Monday March 12th and contines through Thursday March 15th with Mass & mission sessions at 9:00 a.m. and mission only repeated at 7:00 p.m. each day.

Wednesday March 14th the evening mission session will be a town-wide reconciliation service.

A reception will follow the last session a.m. and p.m. on Thursday March 15th in the Parish Hall at St Helena.

Monday, March 12: “Self Acceptance” Tuesday, March 13: “Improving the Equipment” Wednesday, March 14: “Reconciliation as a Healing Sacrament” Thursday March 15: “Empowering with the Holy Spirit”

Fr Vincent Youngberg was ordained in 1967 and is a member of the Passionist community. Since his ordination he has conducted retreats and missions around the world: Europe, Africa, the Philippines, and the West Indies in addition to the United States. The demand for his message continues to keep him on the move even into his late seventies. A reflection for children will be offered in the Parish Hall on Tuesday morning for preschoolers and Tuesday evening for those who are second grade and up. Please call 860-236-3545 to preregister. Fr Vincent will be available every afternoon this week (except Wednesday) for individual counseling/ Confession starting at 1:30 p.m. at St. Helena Rectory. Please call the parish office at St Helena to make an appointment, 860-521-1921 This event was planned by the West Hartford Catholic Adult Enrichment Team (WHCAE). St Brigid - Nancy Kunak, St Helena – Kathy Janis, Margaret Pulito, St. Mark the Evangelist - Lou Ann Warren, Sheila Litchfield, St Peter Claver - Gigi Frailey, Frank Wildt, St.Thomas the Apostle - Ray Smith, St. Timothy - Pat Piano

Please direct any questions to: Margaret Pulito 860-521-1026 Lou Ann Warren 860-236-3545 or Gigi Frailey 860-561-4235

Bulletin March 11, 2012