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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, March 2 4:30 PM Memorial: David Smith & Elizabeth Pericolosi Sunday, March 3 8:30 AM 2nd Anniversary: Elizabeth Curley 10:30 AM Memorial: Genevieve T. Dabkowski Monday, March 4 6:30 AM Memorial: Rudolph Codino Tuesday, March 5 6:30 AM Memorial: Jerry Sartori Wednesday, March 6 6:30 AM Memorial: Patrick Halloran Thursday, March 7 6:30 AM Memorial: Richard Mahoney Saturday, March 9 4:30 PM Anniversary: Stephen Paul Dunn Sunday, March 10 8:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM Memorial: Petra Beatty

Monday, March 4 7:00 PM Revisiting Vatican II ~ Hall Tuesday, March 5 7:00 PM Knights of Columbus Mtg ~ Classroom Wednesday, March 6 10:00 AM Playgroup ~ Hall 7:00 PM Parish Reconnect Group ~ Classroom Friday, March 8 10:00 AM Employment Group ~ Classroom Saturday, March 9 4:30 PM Youth Group ~ Church & Hall TOWN WIDE STATIONS OF THE CROSS… will take place at St. Helena Church on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. Please join us!

Let the light in this Lenten season by going to confession. Every Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Hartford will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation Mondays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. during lent. For additional information, visit

 A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  The owner of the fig tree was impatient because the tree did not live up to his expectations. In families there are those who don’t live up to our expectations. Imitate the gardener and give them more time and help. Don’t cut them out of your life. Love asks us to be connected, not productive.

MARCH 3, 2013

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT First Reading: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 Moses came upon a burning bush, when God called out to him. God told Moses that he had seen the suffering of his people in Egypt, and intended to lead them from their captors to a land of milk and honey. Moses asked what he should say if the Israelites should ask what God wished to be called. God replied, "I am who I am." Second Reading: I Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12 Paul describes how the people were led into the desert by Moses, yet many of them were struck down by God. He warns that this should serve as an example not to give in to wicked desires or we may suffer the same downfall. Gospel: Luke 13:1-9 Jesus says that an individual's misfortune does not mean that their sins were greater than someone else's. He warns that without repenting, all sinners will meet the same end. He tells of a barren fig tree whose owner planned to cut it down. But a servant offered to give it special care for one year, and destroy it should it remain barren. This symbolizes God's patience toward us. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 10 First Reading: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Gospel: Luke: 15:1-3, 11-32

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES Confirmation classes for baptized Roman Catholics who have made their First Communion and are over the age of 18 will be held in the following two locations this spring. There is a $20 fee to cover cost of book. Registration forms are available in our Parish Office or email Mary Marsan (email below). The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Questions, please contact Gigi at 860-561-4235, Opt. 3 with questions or a registration form. St. Mark the Evangelist, West Hartford Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and May 7 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Contact Mary Marsan: 860-243-9465, ext 2678, email: to register.

On Sunday, March 10, come enjoy a cup of coffee and doughnuts and some friendly chatter. We thank the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring this event.


MARCH EVENTS AT ST. PETER CLAVER ~ ~ 2013 LENTEN CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY PROJECT Continuing with our ‘work’ for MARCH 2/3, GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY, we will direct our actions toward the Immaculate Conception Men’s Shelter with our collection of coffee and juice in addition to tea and hot cocoa. For MARCH 9/10 our ‘work’ will be SHELTER THE HOMELESS. To benefit the Friendship Center 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 household cleaners. We will also continue collecting new/gently-used men’s shoes and boots that weekend. Thank you once again for your abundant support.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY DINNER Our St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus will be hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday evening, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This year’s entertainment hosted by Craig Stalk playing great Irish music. Corn beef and cabbage will be the culinary choice along with the traditional fixings. Tickets are $12 and will be available after all masses through the event. A purchase of 8 or 10 tickets will guarantee you a reserved table. For additional information, please contact Dennis Swanton at (860) 810-7758 or Jonathan Gearty at (860) 561-3476. FAITH IN ACTION Have you received hope, comfort and love at a time in your life when you needed it most? Do you feel it’s time to give to others the blessings you have received? There are hospice patients in our area that would benefit greatly from your companionship and encouragement. As a VITAS volunteer you would be trained in how to work with hospice patients and their families. Your assignments would suit your schedule and location. Find out more about the amazing team of caring VITAS volunteers by contacting Karen Hale at (203) 437-3127 or Karen.hale@vitas,com A WARM THANK YOU FROM ST. GERARD CENTER FOR LIFE “On behalf of St. Gerard’s Center for Life, I am writing to thank you with all my heart for the outpouring of love and kindness you demonstrated in contributing much needed baby items to our program. Please know that your desire to reach out and assist mothers who are struggling to provide the most basic needs for their families will always be remembered!” With love for life in Christ, Theresa Krankowski, Ed.D, Director, St. Gerard’s Center for Life.

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 a gift help us be less resentful of the gifts of others.

LITURGY NEWS We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism, Keegan, Connor, Callan and Reilly Bankoff, children of Jonathan and Heather Bankoff. 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. CALLING ALL 8-11TH GRADE STUDENTS!! St. Peter Youth Group will meet on March 9, 2013. Students are invited to attend 4:30 p.m. Mass (seats will be reserved in front of choir area). Meeting will follow in Parish Hall. We ask all attendees to bring/collect small size toiletries (i.e. soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, hand cream or wide tooth combs). We will assemble these items into kits that will be sent with MATH to Haiti. Following this service project we will have a time of prayer and conclude with pizza and a movie. This meeting will run until 8:30 p.m. Please feel free to come to all or part of our time together. This is a great opportunity to participate in a service project and while having fun with fellow teens. Questions, please contact or Patti Whittel at VOLUNTEERS NEEDED…. to participate in a 2 hour creative discussion on how St. Peter Claver Church can interest Catholics who are not active in the parish to reconnect and become more actively involved. We will meet on Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center. If you are interested in participating, please contact Peg Gould at or call 860.521.4255. Your help and support are very much appreciated. ARCHBISHOP’S ANNUAL APPEAL This weekend marks the start of the 2013 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal in our parish. You will receive a letter from Archbishop Mansell seeking your support. Together we can impact the lives of thousands. Our work as a Church in social services, healthcare, and pastoral services is exciting, challenging, and fulfilling. It is work we must do together in Charity: Our Witness to Faith out of love for one another and for God. Please respond as generously as possible. LECTIO DIVINA CONTINUES AT SPC Monday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. presented by Ilse Nigro Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. presented by Maria Roya MARCH 11 & 12

Faith Formation News “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News” Mark 16:15 Today is the 3rd Sunday of Lent. Lent Lent is a special time to reflect on our relationship with Jesus ~ a time to be more prayerful and generous to those in need. One way that we can help others is by filling our Rice Bowls, which each student received at class. All donations are sent to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which helps the poor and needy. Please return your filled “bowl” by March 24th or checks may be made payable to CRS. May God bless you for your generous heart of love for His people! ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS! Our parish church community comes together each week to give praise and thanks to God. This is how we celebrate our faith! We then “go forth to love and serve the Lord”. Here are the ways our children are following Jesus, which they have shared with us on their offertory envelopes: Gifts of Time: Prayed, Playing with my sister; Being helpful to my Mom; Sled with my family; Helped my sister ski; Attended a Memorial Mass; Sold Cookies for MATH; Helped my mother ski; Helped my brother with homework; Helped my mom around the house; Cleaned my room without being asked; Helped pack our suitcases for our vacation; Chores; Helped neighbors shovel; Emptied litter box; Having fun with my Dad; Worked on a project for school. Gifts of Talent: Sharing; Gymnastics; Drawing a beautiful picture of an angel; Skiing; Basketball; Dance. Gifts of Treasure: Jesus; Family; Grandmother; Friends; (Monetary donations teach our children that each person and their gifts are a blessing to our Parish !) CLASS SCHEDULES GRADE 1: Students meet for their monthly class as follows: Sunday, Mar 3; Tuesday, Mar 5; or Wed, Mar 6. GRADE 2 - 6: Sunday students meet this Sunday, March 3. Weekday students meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 and 6. Grade 2 students bring their weekly Reflect and Respond page to Mass to place in the basket at the altar. We wish to congratulate our Grade 2 students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time this weekend. Our Grade 2 Retreat takes place on Saturday, March 23rd, beginning at 1pm and concluding with attendance at the 4:30pm Mass with parents. More information to follow First Holy Eucharist Celebration takes place on Saturday, May 4th at 10 am and 1 pm. GRADE 7 MORALITY COURSE: The next class session takes place as follows: Sunday students meet today March 3rd and Tuesday students meet March 5th. 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 the Sunday, March 3; Wednesday, March 6; or Tuesday, March 12. Gospel of John Chapter 18 commentary is due this weekend when you attend Mass. GRADE 9 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION - YEAR 1: Students meet on Sunday, March 10 or Tuesday, March 12. Book Review on Heaven is for Real is due today March 3. Due to the storm cancellation for the February Session, the March classes will be lengthened to an hour and a half - 11:30am to 1pm. GRADE 10 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION - YEAR 2: Students meet on Sunday, March 17 or Tuesday, March 19. Easter Season Review is due today March 3. All Forms are due at these classes 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 all candidates who have successfully completed the 2 year preparation program.

Join us for a very special Collaborative Lenten Event

We the People of God a Lenten experience to deepen our faith WHO:

Our presenter, Joan Kennedy, facilitates adult faith formation programs in parishes, retreat houses, and for the Archdiocese of Hartford. Joan has a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Boston College.


In this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI has called Catholics to deepen their faith by reflecting on the documents of Vatican II. Joan’s five-session series focuses on the evangelization of the laity and it includes reflections from the Vatican II documents. The five key themes Joan develops are: my baptism is my “YES” to God; the church and sacramentality; the laity and the church’s mission; prayerful discernment of a personal call; and the church as a teaching and learning community guided by the Holy Spirit.


March 10 – 14. The first session will take place on Sunday evening March 10th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The subsequent sessions will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (directly following daily Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle) and repeated 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A reception will follow the final sessions on Thursday, March 14th.


All sessions will take place in the lower level of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave. Parking is available on the street and in the lot behind the church. This program is free and open to the public. A free will donation will be collected on the last day. This event was planned by the West Hartford Catholic Adult Enrichment Team.

Please direct any questions to Ray Smith 860-966-3268, Pat Piano 860-232-8594, or Gigi Frailey 860-561-4235 / / / /

March 3, 2013 Bulletin