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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 Office Staff Joanne Therrien Debbie Walgren Music Director – Tim Stella Associate Organist – Peter Stoltzfus Berton 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, March16 4:30 PM Memorial: John Buckley Sunday, March 17 8:30 AM 1st Anniversary: Dee Fay 10:30 AM Memorial: Richard Lombardi Monday, March 18 6:30 AM Special Intention Tuesday, March 19 6:30 AM Mass Wednesday, March 20 6:30 AM Special Intention Thursday, March 21 6:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Saturday, March 23 4:30 PM Memorial: Jerome C. Smart Sunday, March 24 8:30 AM Memorial: Jean & Robert Honold 10:30 AM Memorial: Fiamma Stella

Wednesday, March 20 10:00 AM Playgroup ~ Hall 6:30 PM Komen Survivor Mtg ~ Classroom Thursday, March 21 1:00 PM Prayer Shawl Mtg ~ Classroom Friday, March 22 10:00 AM Employment Group ~ Classroom Saturday, March 23 10:00 AM Easter Egg Hunt ~ Parish Grounds 1:00 PM Grade 2 Retreat ~ Hall

LENTEN OPPORTUNITIES TOWN WIDE STATIONS OF THE CROSS… will take place at St. Brigid Church on Friday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!

MARCH 17, 2013

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT First Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21 God says not to remember the events from long ago, but to focus on the things he plans to do next. He also claims he will again help his chosen people when they need him. Second Reading: Philippians 3:8-14 Paul describes knowledge of Jesus as more important than knowledge of the Old Law. He wishes to share in the power of Jesus' resurrection, and speaks of concentrating on the finish line of the race with salvation as the prize to be won. Gospel: John 8:1-11 Jesus preached forgiveness of sin, but in the old law those accused of adultery were to be stoned. So the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus and brought a woman accused of adultery to him, asking him what he would do to her. Jesus asked that one without sin cast the first stone, and then all of the elders left. Jesus told the woman that he did not condemn her, but warned her to avoid such sin in the future. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 24 First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7 Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 Gospel: Luke 22:14-23:56

PASSION (PALM) SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH Saturday Vigil Mass 4:30 p.m. Sunday Masses: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. CONFESSIONS Monday, March 25th 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION… in each Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Hartford every Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. during Lent. For additional information, visit

HOLY THURSDAY, March 28th 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper


GOOD FRIDAY, March 29th 3:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Stoning is not just an ancient act of violence. Each day in our homes we throw stones of ridicule, criticism, namecalling and put-downs. All of it is deadly. Hear Jesus in today’s gospel: “Whoever is without sin can throw the first stone.” Rid your home of violence. Stop verbal stoning!

HOLY SATURDAY, March 30th 8:00 p.m. Easter Vigil EASTER SUNDAY, March 31st Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.


MARCH EVENTS AT ST. PETER CLAVER 2013 LENTEN CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY PROJECT Continuing with our ‘work’ for March 16/17, VISIT THE IMPRISONED, we will direct our actions to the needs of those cared for in the CT prison hospice programs with our donations to help purchase personal care items. Please place your donations in the baskets on the entry tables, with checks made payable to St. Peter Claver Church. For March 23/24 our ‘work’ will be COMFORT THE SICK. To benefit Chrysalis Center Inc., which assists men and women striving to overcome the effects of mental illness, substance abuse, and/or HIV/AIDS we would appreciate needed items such as shaving supplies, deodorant, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body lotion, etc. Thank you again for your ongoing abundant support. DAFFODIL DAYS Please remember to pick up your daffodils next weekend if you placed an order through the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. If other arrangements need to be made, please call the parish office at (860) 561-4235, Opt. 2.

EASTER EGG HUNT The St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 23 at 10:00 am. All children through 8 years of age are invited to join us on the church grounds in search of the many Easter eggs and candy bags. Three categories will be available to accommodate all ages in order that everyone has a chance at the grand prizes. CALLING ALL BAKERS CT Walks For Haiti is looking for cupcake bakers! Last year the cupcakes were a big hit. Cupcakes may be brought to the parish center on Saturday morning, April 6th or on Friday, the day before. Festivities begin at 10:30 am and the walk starts at 12:00 noon. If the drop off time is not convenient for you, we can arrange a different time or a pick up. Any amount of cupcakes is welcomed. Please contact Dorothy Mazaitis at or 860 561 2640. PARISH LENDING LIBRARY Announcing the new Parish Lending Library, located in Classroom 5! Further your faith formation, with Bibles and Bible Resources, Spiritual Writing, Lives of the Saints, guides to Prayer and Liturgy, and an extensive collection of Children’s Books. Featured books this month are on Vatican II, including a treatise on Vatican II by former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Emeritus Pope Benedict.

STEWARDSHIP CORNER “If anyone would serve me,” says Jesus in today’s gospel, “let him follow me; where I am, there will my servant be.” In what way is Jesus inviting me to follow Him? What service is He asking of me?


BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, May 19 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of May and June should call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235, Opt 2 to sign-up for the workshop.

We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism, Caroline Lucia Brancieri, daughter of Francis & Lauren Brancieri, Colby Jonah Fischer, son of Alexander & Jenny Fischer, and Gianna Grace Mangini, daughter of Steven & Megan Mangini. We congratulate their families 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.

2013 ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL The Archbishop’s Annual Appeal helps provide the critical funding needed to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, counsel those in despair, offer much needed assistance to the unemployed, and make medical care available to those without health insurance. Your gift to the 2013 Appeal will help to continue these other vital ministries, services and programs that reach out to so many in need.

The following St. Peter Claver students will be performing in Peter Pan the Musical on March 15, 16, 17, 22 & 23 as part of the cast and orchestra pit: Julia Byrnett, Michael Farrell, Sara Flynn, Emma Heintz, Tyler Lauretti, Colleen Lynch, George Murray, Kathryn Novak, Becky Palma, Kaila Piscitelli, Tiana Piscitelli, Alyssa Stokes and Bridget Williams. All are welcome to come out and support our students and see the show. To order tickets (online only), visit

Faith Formation News “Blessed

is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

Psalm 33:12

ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS! Thanks so much to our students who bring their envelopes to Mass each week! It is wonderful to read all of the great gifts of time well spent, helping at home and doing good deeds - and the many talents being pursued dancing, sports, music and school work! The best part is how our students are recognizing the treasures in their lives, especially all that God has given them - our families, friends, and faith in Jesus! Gifts of Time: Prayed; Marched in the St. Patrick’s Day parade; Did not bother my brother and his friend; Was kind to my sister; Helped move the TV at CCD class; Helped my sister give out Girl Scout cookies; Helped out at dinner; House chores; Helped clean the house; Helped my brothers make a snowman; Worked with my sister building; Cleared my sister’s plate; Played with younger kids in snow;Taught a student photography; Served the homeless; Cleaned the basement; Took care of my guinea pig; Helped my brother; Shoveled driveway. Gifts of Talent: Drawing; Basketball; Piano; Dance Gifts of Treasure: Jesus; My family; School; (Monetary donations teach our children that each person and their gifts are a blessing to our Parish!) CLASS SCHEDULES Home School Students will be receiving their Faith Development Reports soon. Please be sure that all Assessments are completed and handed in to the Faith Formation Office. Registration Forms for the 2013/2014 CCD Year will soon be prepared and current grade levels must be successfully completed in order for advancement. GRADE 1: Students last monthly class session takes place as follows: Sunday, March 24; Tuesday, March 26; or Wednesday, March 27. Students will receive their completion certificates at class. GRADE 2 - 6: Sunday students meet this Sunday, March 17. Weekday students meet on Tuesday, March 19 or Wednesday, March 20. Our Grade 2 Retreat takes place on Saturday, March 23 from 2 - 4 PM with the opportunity to attend the 4:30 PM Mass. First Holy Eucharist Celebration takes place on Saturday, May 4 at 10 am and 1 pm. GRADE 7 MORALITY COURSE: Students meet this Sunday, March 17 or Tuesday March 19. Please check your class calendar (in your folder) for the dates of class sessions and your home reading schedule. GRADE 8 STUDY OF THE GOSPEL OF JOHN: Students meet for their last monthly class session on Sunday, March 24; Wednesday, March 27 or Tuesday, April 2. Gospel of John Chapter 20 commentary is due this weekend when you attend Mass. All John commentaries (1 through 21) are due by Sunday, March 24. Each student will receive a Faith Development Report in the mail. Parents are asked to sign and return at the next class. NOTE: Tuesday evening class was CHANGED from the original schedule to April 2. GRADE 9 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION - YEAR 1: Students meet for their last monthly class session on Sunday, April 7 or Tuesday, April 9. The Easter Season Lesson Assignment is due today, March 17. A Confirmation Readiness Report will be sent to all students to be signed by a parent and returned at the next class. GRADE 10 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION - YEAR 2: Students meet this Sunday, March 17 or Tuesday, March 19. Interview Sheet assignment is due on March 24. All Forms are due at your last class in order to be confirmed this year. The Archdiocese has given us the date of Saturday, June 8th for the Sacrament of Confirmation to be administered to those who have successfully completed the 2 year preparation program. ALL forms and assignments through March 10 are due by your March class. The Interview Sheet is due on March 24 and the Rite of Enrollment Form is due on April 7. Fourth Annual Walkathon Festival through West Hartford Center

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Bulletin for March 17, 2013  

Bulletin, March 17, 2013

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