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CHURCH OF SAINT PETER CLAVER WEST HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT

Saturday, August 17 4:30 PM Memorial: Thomas F. Kilfoil Sunday, August 18 8:30 AM Memorial: The Tremko Family 10:30 AM Memorial: The Lombardi Family Monday, August 19 6:30 AM Memorial: Rev. Cal Gengras Tuesday, August 20 6:30 AM Memorial: Denis Collins Wednesday, August 21 6:30 AM Special Intention Thursday, August 22 NO MASS Saturday, August 24 4:30 PM 10th Anniversary: Marilyn McCarthy Sunday, August 25 8:30 AM Memorial: Bruce Quartin 10:30 AM Memorial: Shirley S. Roche 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.

Friday, August 23 10:00 AM Employment Group Mtg ~ Classroom ST. ELIZABETH HOUSE SHELTER DINNER On Saturday, September 7, we will provide and serve a meal for the residents of St. Elizabeth House Shelter in Hartford. If you wish to participate in this ministry by cooking, baking, or making a monetary donation, please sign up in the back of the Church next weekend. Monetary donations can be placed in the collection basket in an envelope marked St. Elizabeth House Dinner. Please make checks payable to St. Peter Claver. Food donations will need to be dropped off at the Parish Center on Saturday, September 7 between 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. For additional information please call Gigi Frailey at (860) 561-4235.

UPCOMING BEREAVEMENT SEMINARS “New Day” 10 week seminar for the Bereaved Place: Hartford, St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish Date: Sunday, September 8th, – Time: 1:00-2:30 pm Registration: (860)756-4034 – parish “New Day” 10 week seminar for the Bereaved Place: Newington, St. Mary Parish Date: Wednesday, September 11th – Time: 7:00-9:00 pm Registration: (860)666-5183

August 18, 2013

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Jeremiah urged the people of Jerusalem to surrender to the enemy. This angered the princes, who then requested that Jeremiah be put to death. The king allowed the princes to leave him in a cistern without food or water. But after Ebed Melech pleaded for Jeremiah's life, the king decided to free him. Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 This letter to the Hebrews inspires all Christians to persevere, in spite of the trials they may face. Jesus endured much suffering and was rewarded by God. Despite our struggles, we must remember Jesus' ability to endure and maintain strong faith in him. Gospel: Luke 12:49-53 Jesus tells his disciples that his message will not bring peace to the earth. Instead, even families will become sharply divided because some members will embrace him, while others condemn him. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF AUGUST 25 First Reading: Isaiah 66:18-21 Second Reading: Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13 Gospel: Luke 13:22-30 HOSPITAL VISITS Due to privacy laws, we are no longer able to obtain names of parishioners in the hospital. If anyone has a planned or unexpected hospital stay, please have a family member call the rectory office to indicate if they would like to have a visit from our pastoral staff.

Please note ~ there will be no 6:30 am Mass on Thursday, August 22nd

 A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  Today Jesus warns us his Word will create conflict between parents and children. In a permissive society which advocates individualism and consumerism, parents must continue to teach and live the gospel values of respect, service to others, forgiveness, generosity and compassion. A Christian family is a countercultural family.


TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME STEWARDSHIP CORNER In today’s second reading, St. Paul encourages us not to grow weary or lose heart, but to persevere in following Jesus. Our willingness to give of ourselves, even in the face of conflict and division, is one way to measure our discipleship. The following reflects finances through the end of July 2013 2013 Actual $246,010

2013 Budget $265,385

 LITURGY NEWS 

2012 Actual (same period) $254,505

Includes ParishPay contributions: $6,099 JULY EXPENSES Payroll/Taxes: $30,166; Insurance: $1,745; Employee Benefits: $8,408; Parish Office Expenses: $3,826; School Support Tax: $1,400; Cathedraticum: $1,400; Utilities: $2,154; Repairs & Maintenance: $5,133; Charity: $4,656; Events & Social Expenses: $1,931.

We are most grateful for your continued support.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, including our own Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, is asking you to urge your members of the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation that reflects our Catholic values. You can join the U.S. Catholic bishops in this effort by sending an electronic postcard to Washington, DC that asks your Representatives to pass just and compassionate immigration reform legislation. The postcards and more information can be found at www.justiceforimmigrants.org

ST. PETER CLAVER SCHOOL SUPPLIES COLLECTION Once again we thank you for your truly generous support of this effort! Advertiser of the Week

We would like to thank… CYNTHIA R. LANG PHOTOGRAPH …for advertising in our parish bulletin! Please patronize our advertisers and thank them for supporting our parish.

We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Paul Joseph Cistulli, son of Mark & Kristen Cistulli, Mara Katherine Faga, daughter of Dennis & Rebecca Faga, Owen Dermot Kehoe, son of Sean & Brooke Kehoe, Aiden Michael Paul, son of Geoffrey & Genine Paul and Alexia Paulina Rios, daughter of Dr. Clifford & Vanessa Rios. 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. BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, September 15 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of October and November should call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235, Opt 2 to sign-up for the program.

 YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS  We hope you are enjoying your summer and we look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events! Our Youth Group is invited to attend the Faith & Family Day on Saturday, August 31st with the New Britain Rock Cats. A pre-game concert is scheduled for 4:45 pm with the Christian rock band "The Sidewalk Prophets" followed by the baseball game at 7:05 pm. Tickets are $6. Please contact Beth Boehm at bethmboehm@comcast.net for more information on this exciting event! We are also happy to announce that our Youth Group Ministry will begin on Saturday, September 14th, following the 4:30 pm Mass in the Parish Hall until 8:00 pm. All members and students entering Grades 8 through 12 are invited to join us at this Mass. Seats will be reserved in front of the choir area. Our kick-off evening will include dinner, a movie and a brief time of prayer. We ask participants to bring back-toschool supplies, which will be donated to students in need. Please contact Patti Whittel at p.whittel@yahoo.com or Beth Boehm at bethmboehm@ comcast.net with any questions.


COME AND MEET US In our Parish Hall Saturday Sept. 7th - 5:30 p.m. (after the 4:30 mass) Sunday Sept. 8th – 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. (after masses) Sunday Sept. 22nd – 9:30 a.m. &11:30 a.m. (after masses) Information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process where adults ask questions and experience what it is to be a Catholic Christian, will be available. This process is for anyone interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, for those who are interested in becoming members of the Catholic faith, and for individuals who never completed the Sacraments of Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. All are welcome in our community. It is a place of faith, hope, and love, where the encounter with God is a continuing summons to conversion and newness of life. For more information call Gigi Frailey at (860) 561-4235, #3

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LECTIO DIVINA Revisiting the Ancient Practice of Sacred Reading, listening with the “ear” of the heart. Lectio Divina, the ancient Christian practice of prayer and scripture reading intended to help us enter deeply into the presence of God, will begin again next month. Sessions will be held on: Monday, September 9th at 10:30 a.m. (Ilse Nigro) in the choir room, and Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. (Maria Roja) in a classroom. 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.


Faith Formation - Showing Others the Way to Jesus! Here we are in the middle of August already - with one month left before we begin CCD classes! Please know how grateful I am for those who have come forward to share their gift of faith with the children of St. Peter Claver Church! Please take a moment to read the “Tell Us Why” letters written by our recently confirmed students. These young adults share with us the importance of learning and growing in their Catholic faith. We are grateful to their parents who have asked the Church to help them fulfill the promise made at their child’s Baptism - to bring them up with Faith! Please take time to prayerfully consider becoming a Catechist this year. There is a need for YOU to show our youth the way to Jesus! Many times we think that God is calling someone else - but, if you are reading this, He may be calling YOU to respond to this request. Please know that Catechists receive all of the materials and support to lead others to Christ. Please call Angie at 860-521 -2904 or email spcreled@sbcglobal,net for more details. God’s children need your heart of love to bring them close to Jesus and His Church! MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF OUR ST. PETER CLAVER YOUTH! Catechists are needed in the following grades: Grade 7 and 10: Sunday at 11:30am monthly Grades 4, 5 and 6: Wednesday at 2:15pm weekly Grades 4 and 5: Tuesday at 3:45pm weekly. CLASS TIME SCHEDULE Sunday Classes Grades 1 & 2 meet 9:30am monthly Grades 3 - 6 meet 9:30am weekly Grades 7 - 10 meet 11:30am monthly Tuesday Classes Grades 1 & 2 meet 3:45pm monthly Grades 3 - 6 meet 3:45pm weekly Grades 7 & 8 meet 6:30pm monthly Wednesday Classes Grades 1 & 2 meet 2:15pm monthly Grades 3 - 6 meet 2:15pm weekly

All classes are 1 hour.

FAITH FORMATION CLASSES BEGIN SOON! GRADE 1* Sun. Oct. 6 Tues. Oct. 8 Wed. Oct. 9 GRADE 2* Sun. Sept. 29 Tues. Sept 24 Wed. Sept. 25 *Parents attend Orientation at their child’s first class session.

GRADES 3 - 6 Sun. Sept. 22 Tues. Sept. 24 Wed. Sept. 25

GRADE 7* Sun. Oct. 6 Tues. Oct. 8 GRADE 8* Sun. Oct. 20 Tues. Oct. 22 GRADE 9* Sun. Oct. 27 *Parents attend first session for Orientation with their child.

GRADE 10 Sun. Nov. 3

Registration for all grades is now due for enrollment into Faith Formation classes. Books are now ordered for registered students. Please contact the CCD Office if you plan to attend classes this fall. Thank you!

Our recent Confirmation Class were asked to Tell Us Why they chose to be confirmed adult members of the Church. These newly confirmed young adults 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, Ever since I was a little girl, I have always had a very strong relationship with God. When I was baptized, it was my parents decision to introduce me into the religion of God, Jesus and Mary. When I began my years of CCD, I was taught more and more what the Catholic religion was all about - and how strong this connection with God would carry me through life. I received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Communion and it was a joyful time in my life because I knew it would be building the bond I already had with God. Now I am 15 years old and it is my choice and my decision whether I wanted to confirm my faith with God and myself. It’s no question for me because it has been my dream since forever to be confirmed! My relationship with God is what has shaped me into the kind and loving of person I am today. Whenever I am in a tough situation, I think to myself, “What would Jesus do?” Life does get tough sometimes, but I know that as long as God is with me, everything will turn out alright. Every Sunday when I come to Church and every night when I pray, I can feel God in my heart and I know this connection is becoming deeper and deeper. Jesus is with me and I know I’m prepared for this path I have chosen to take. Sincerely, Elizabeth


August 18, 2013