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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 Angela Clement - 860-521-2904,

Sacrament of Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal program. Please call the rectory to schedule.

Office Staff Joanne Therrien Debbie Walgren Organist Tim Stella Cantor Marian Maccarone

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, November 24 4:30 PM Memorial: Marion Hanaghan Sunday, November 25 8:30 AM Memorial: Douglas Brassil Horak 10:30 AM Memorial: Rev. Richard R. Mullins Monday, November 26 6:30 AM Memorial: David Gibbons Walsh Tuesday, November 27 6:30 AM Special Intention Wednesday, November 28 6:30 AM Memorial: Richard C. Mullins Thursday, November 29 6:30 AM Special Intention Saturday, December 1 4:30 PM Anniversary: Edna Buckley Sunday, December 2 8:30 AM Memorial: Edmund Welch III 10:30 AM Memorial: Leo Stella

NOVEMBER 25, 2012

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE First Reading: Daniel 7:13-14 Daniel describes the one who will appear on the clouds of heaven and receive glory. People of every language will serve this one, and his leadership and community will be his forever. Second Reading: Revelation 1:5-8 Jesus is so powerful, he is the ruler of kings. He loved us enough to free us from sin, and so he will be glorified forever. He will appear again and be seen by all the people of the earth. God calls himself the first and last, "the One who is and who was and who is to come," reminding all people that God will remain with us always. Gospel: John 18:33b-37 Pilate asks Jesus if he is a king. Jesus explains that his kingdom is not of this world. Pilate asks again if Jesus is a king, to which he replies, "I came into the world to testify to the truth. Anyone committed to the truth hears my voice.” ©1999 Bon Venture Services, Inc.

Wednesday, November 28 10:00AM Playgroup ~ Hall CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Thank you for your contributions to the Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)! Your generous gifts will help CCHD end poverty in America through better education, improved housing, and economic development. Through CCHD and its beneficiaries, we manifest Catholic social teaching and carry out Jesus’ mission to “bring glad tidings to the poor . . . to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free” (cf. Lk 4:18). WHAT IS THE REASON I WAS BORN? What is the reason I came into the world? Am I called to testify to the truth by becoming a priest, brother, or sister? If you believe it is, contact Fr. Michael Dolan at St. Thomas Seminary 860-761-7456 or visit

FAMILY PERSPECTIVE When we are young, our parents “tell us about Jesus” and we believe what our parents believe. At some point we must leave our parents faith and ask Pilate’s question: “Are you the King?” Pilate is just asking these questions on our behalf.

READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 2 First Reading: Jeremiah 33:14-16 Second Reading: 1Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Gospel: Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

LECTIO DIVINA Lectio Divina is an ancient Christian practice of prayer and scripture reading intended to help us enter deeply into the presence of God to increase our knowledge of God’s Word. Lectio Divina sessions will be offer monthly with two options available: Monday 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. presented by Ilse Nigro Tuesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. presented by Maria Roya December 10 & 11 ~ January 4 & 15 February 11 & 12 ~ March 11 & 12 Lectio Divina is simply a method that enables us to experience the Living Christ. He is always in our midst, but sometimes we become so busy or are on so much sensory overload that we feel estranged from him and do not hear his voice. 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. Plan to join us for this wonderful practice.

ADVENT PREPARATION In preparation for Advent, a Daily Reflection booklet for Advent and Christmas is available on the entrance tables of the Church. All are welcome to take one home!



Today’s second reading reminds us that the sacrifice for Christ frees us from sin and makes us a royal nation of priests in the service of God. How am I using my gifts to serve God and others?


St. Peter Claver Families “adopt” families in Hartford and West Hartford for Christmas. This year the need is greater than ever. If your family would like to provide a food basket for a family in need, please sign up at the entrance of the church. If you would prefer, you may also sign up to provide a monetary donation for gift certificates to Stop and Shop so that recipient families may purchase turkeys. Giving a basket may seem like a small act, but for some of these families, it might be the only gift they receive this Christmas! Basket Drop-Off Day is Saturday, December 22. Basket Delivery Day is Sunday, December 23. Please contact Beth Ryan at 860-561-4513 or for additional information, or to volunteer. ADVENT GIVING TREE

Be an Advent Angel and take a gift tag from our St. Peter Claver Advent Giving Tree, located near the sacristy beginning this weekend November 24/25 through December 8/9. The gift tags are for several worthy organizations, each identified by a different-colored tag, for a variety of needed “gifts”. Please be sure to choose and return your UNWRAPPED, gift, with its’ tag firmly attached no later than December 9 at noon. Helpful Hints: there are labeled boxes near the Giving Tree for the two groups which have requested gift cards. Anyone who might like to help the Knights of Columbus with the gift distribution, please contact Jim Farrell at (860) 539-0251. Thank you to all in our parish family for your continued generous support of this long-standing tradition.

BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, December 16 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of January and February should call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235, Opt 2 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. WEST HARTFORD PARISHES OUTREACH NEEDS… your continued help with another opportunity to assist South Park Inn. This would involve picking up food that Whole Foods on Raymond Road donates and delivering it to South Park Inn every Monday and Wednesday morning beginning at Whole Foods at 10:15 am and ending at South Park at around noon. The food donated is significant, as it provides up to two days worth of meals which includes produce, prepared foods, and overstocked packaged items. The amount varies, but may fill two vehicles and therefore would need two volunteers who can also lift 20 lbs or so. Thus far, parishioners from St. Mark and St. Peter Claver have begun taking care of this “work” but to continue, we need many more people. So please, prayerfully consider just how important your help with this crucial ministry for others may be. If you can join, please contact John Clark, co-coordinator at 860-521-7257. Thanks You!


CALLING ALL CHILDREN!!! It has become a Christmas tradition to have the students in our Faith Formation classes participate in our parish presentation of the birth of Jesus! We are looking for children to prayerfully act the parts of Mary, Joseph, the Inn-keeper, Christmas Angels, Shepherds, Wise Men and of course A Christmas Star… and a Baby Jesus. All interested students are invited to participate. Please call the Faith Formation office at 860-521-2004 to sign up or for additional information.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT On Sunday, December 16th, at 7:30 pm., the St. Peter Claver Choir will present our Annual Christmas Concert. Tickets will be available December 1st /2nd and 8th / 9th. PLEASE NOTE: Tickets may be purchased after masses only.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN OUR ST PETER CLAVER YOUTH MINISTRY The Youth Group is for students in Grades 8 through High School.

Our mission is to grow in faith in Jesus Christ

through the study of scripture, community service and fun social activities. THE YOUTH GROUP WILL MEET: December 1, 2012 January 5, 2013 February 2, 2013 March 9, 2013 April 6, 2013 May 4, 2013 June 8, 2013 Meetings will take place following the 4:30 vigil mass on Saturday and run until 7:00 pm. Members are encouraged to attend Mass together. Seats will be reserved in the front of the choir area. Any questions please contact:

Faith Formation News! Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord… Colossians 3:23 ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS Our parish is blessed with wonderful families who make it a priority to start the week with Sunday Mass - and we wish to thank the children for listing their Gifts of Love on their Offertory Envelopes. May God’s blessings fill their hearts with happiness each day! Our students shared these Gifts of Love - at home, at church and in the community: Gifts of Time: Unified Theatre, Walked my dog, Brought clothes for hurricane victims, Being an Altar Server, Helped set the table, Donated to Goodwill, Played with my friend’s little sister, Tried my best at school, Helped my Mom rake leaves, Played nicely with my brother, Gave some Halloween candy to my friend who was sick, I helped my friend, Shared with my sister, Cared for my pets, Helped my brother without being asked, Attended Mass, Storm cleanup, Played with my brother, Donated coats, Donated shoes, clothes and stuffed animals, Unified soccer, Helped my grandparents during the storm, Helped my little sister brush her teeth, Spent time with my Dad, Read to my little sister, Watched my brother, Doing my chores. Gifts of Talent: Playing soccer, Played piano and violin, Ran for school President, Taught my younger neighbor the piano, Being kind and loyal, Art, Trumpet, Swimming, Taught a dance class, Helped my sister with math homework, Made cards for hurricane victims, Ran with my Mom, Helped my Mom bake cookies, Helped a friend with homework. Gifts of Treasure: My family, My parents, seeing my grandma. (Thank you to our students in Grades 1 and 2 for bringing your faith lessons to the altar at Mass and to students in all grades for your generous money offerings to support your parish.) CCD CLASSES Grades 2 – 7: Students meet Sunday, Dec. 2 (no classes on Sunday, Nov. 25), Tuesday, Nov. 27, or Wednesday, Nov. 28. Grade 2 students are encouraged to bring their Reflect and Respond Faith Lessons to the altar each week to prepare for First Communion. Grade 1: Students will meet for their monthly class Sunday, Dec. 2, Tuesday, Dec. 11, or Wednesday, Dec. 12. CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MONTHLY CLASSES Grade 8: Students meet for their monthly class Sunday, Dec. 18, Tuesday, Dec. 2, or Wednesday, Dec. 5. Grade 9:

Students meet for their monthly class Sunday, Dec. 16, or Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Grade 10: Students meet for their monthly class on Sunday, Dec. 9 or Tuesday, Dec. 11. Please read the Introduction in your text, pages 7 - 13, and Chapter 1 “Being a Candidate” prior

Our Christmas Pageant is scheduled for Sunday, December 9th at 2pm All interested in participating are asked to join us for a Planning Meeting this Sunday, November 18th, 1 - 2pm in the Hall.

November 25, 2012 Bulletin