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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

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

Deacon James E. Hickey, Jr.

Pastoral Associate Gigi Frailey

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

Sacrament of Baptism Families preparing for Baptism must attend a pre-baptismal class. Classes are held the third Sunday every other month. Please call the parish office to make arrangements. Baptisms are celebrated on the 1st Sunday of the month during the 10:30 a.m. Mass and 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 and Music Director Tim Stella


Saturday, October 19 4:30 PM Memorial: William Keresey, Jr. Sunday, October 20 8:30 AM Memorial: Eugene Gabrylowicz 10:30 AM Anniversary: Sean Mullarkey Monday, October 21 6:30 AM Memorial: Donald Nigro Tuesday, October 22 6:30 AM 2nd Anniversary: Joseph S. Stabnick, Jr Wednesday, October 23 6:30 AM Special Intention Thursday, October 24 6:30 AM Memorial: John B. Brown Saturday, October 26 4:30 PM Memorial: Dr. Peter & Clementine Amato and John & Eleanor Costello Sunday, October 27 8:30 AM 10th Anniversary: Rev.John J. Quinn 10:30 AM Memorial: George & Barbara Seidl 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.

Monday, October 21 6:30 PM Catholic Biblical School ~ Parish Hall Wednesday, October 23 10:00 AM Playgroup ~ Hall Saturday, October 26 6:00 PM Knights BBQ Dinner ~ Hall WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Today is World Mission Sunday! We are called to this Eucharistic Celebration and invited to “do good on earth,” to be missionary by putting our faith into action in support of the work of missionaries like Sister Clara who rescues girls from human trafficking in India, giving them a loving home. Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday support the tireless work of so many priests, religious and lay leaders around the world as they offer practical, emotional and spiritual care to communities, children and families in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances. For more information visit:

3rd Banns ~ Henry Williams and Julie Monahan

October 20, 2013

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Exodus 17:8-13 Amalek and his people attacked the Israelites, so Moses instructed Joshua to lead some of the Israelites into battle the next day. While Moses kept his hands raised in prayer, the Israelites were winning. But when he put his hands down, they would begin to lose. So two others helped him keep his hands raised, and Joshua and the Israelites won the battle. Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14—4:2 Paul tells Timothy that the Scriptures are inspired by God and are an excellent tool in teaching others about God's expectations of his people. Knowledge of the Scriptures, coupled with faith in Jesus, will lead many people to salvation. Paul urges Timothy to continue preaching the gospel, although this will sometimes be a difficult task. Gospel: Luke 18:1-8 Jesus speaks about a corrupt judge who lacked respect for either God or man. A widow repeatedly asked him to settle a case in her favor. He finally settled the case, only because he grew weary of listening to her requests. Jesus points out that if even this corrupt judge eventually listened, then God, who is just, will certainly answer the pleas of his people. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 27 First Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14

PARISH MEMORIAL MASS On Sunday, November 3rd at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, we will be celebrating a Memorial Mass for our parishioners and loved ones of parishioners who have died during the past year. Your family and friends are invited to attend this Mass and a family representative is invited to carry a candle to the altar during the offertory procession. Please call the Rectory Office at (860) 561-4235, Opt 2 by Thursday, October 31st if you plan to attend. ANNUAL COLLECTION Every parish family should have received a letter from Fr. Leary this week asking for a contribution to our Annual Collection to help offset our operating deficit. The participation of ALL parishioners is essential for the success of this effort. Please return your pledge card today. Thank you!


“THE CAMEL KNOWS THE WAY” BY LORNA KELLY, A STORY OF FAITH AND TRUST ON LIFE’S JOURNEY Lorna Kelly has been speaking and writing on motivational and spiritual topics for more than twenty-five years. Much of her inspiration comes from her long association with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity worldwide. Lorna’s first book, “The Camel Knows the Way,” describes her journey from her home in England to becoming the first female fine arts auctioneer at Sotheby’s in New York, to the gutters of Calcutta, to the beatification of Mother Teresa in Rome. Her second book “In the Footsteps of the Camel,” continues Lorna’s journey recounting the events from the last decade - ranging from radical breast cancer surgery to a Hollywood film. The book reveals an intimate portrait of a life affected by alcoholism and offers insights into long-term sobriety. The event takes place in St Mark the Evangelist Parish Hall on Sunday evening November 17th with dinner at 6:00 and speaker at 7:00. Tickets $15, Books $20 each - or both books (a set) for $36. A professional audio version of the book is also available in a 6 CD set for $30. Both tickets and books will be sold during the months of October and November after Masses.

6th ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT FESTIVAL & MARKETPLACE Saturday, November 16 ~ 9:00am – 6:00pm Sunday, November 17 ~ 9:00am -3:00pm Artisans * Food * Music * Bake Sale * Café

To Benefit Medical Aid to Haiti CALLING ALL BAKERS! Baked goods will be sold at the parish Crafts Festival & Marketplace on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. We need lots of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, pies, cakes and breads. Please bring baked goods to the parish center on Friday November 15 or Saturday morning before 10:00 am, November 16. Or, if you want us to pick up the baked goods from your home, please let us know. Proceeds from the bake sale will benefit Medical Aid to Haiti. Contact person: Dorothy Mazaitis (860-561-2640, ).

STEWARDSHIP CORNER Today’s theme is perseverance – Moses keeping his hands upraised throughout the battle, Paul urging Timothy to stay with the task of preaching and teaching, and the widow appealing to the corrupt judge. To be faithful stewards of God’s gifts, we, too, must persevere in the roles to which we are called.


We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism John Michael Clark, son of Daniel & Kelly Clark, Joseph Robert Bontempo, son of Nicholas & Kristina Bontempo, Andrew Frederick Barczak, son of Rafal & Sara Barczak and Brielle Rose Marshall, daughter of David & Kristen Marshall. 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. CHILDREN’S LITURGY The next Children’s Liturgy of the Word will take place on Sunday November 3rd during the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Children ages 4-12 will be led to the Parish Center where they will 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. We thank you for sharing your children with us!

THINKING ABOUT CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILD? Visit St. Thomas the Apostle School during their fall Open House on Tuesday, October 22 from 9:00 am - noon. Their fully accredited elementary school for children in prekindergarten through grade five is entering their 76th year of Scholarship, Spirituality and Service. You are welcome to see their teachers and students in action and learn more about their dynamic learning community. To register for the Open House, or for addition information, contact Diane Klingman at 860-236-6257. CHRISTIANITY IN THE FOURTH CENTURY GREAT SOLUTIONS & EGREGIOUS MISTAKES During this three week mini-course we will be studying how and when Christians became Roman Catholic. The Lectures and discussions will be led by Fr. Moran. The mini-course will be held at 7:00 pm in the newly renovated St Thomas the Apostle Parish Center on the following Monday evenings: October 28, November 4 and November 18.There is plenty of off-street parking. The Parish Center is accessible by an elevator that is on the parking lot entrance to the parish center. ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

“Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Our 2013-2014 Catechetical Year is now underway with Grades 1 through 7 off to a great start! In the upcoming weeks we will also welcome our students in Grades 8 through 10 for their course of study in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Conference of Catholic Bishops theme for the year is Open the Door of Faith so we are commissioned to open wide the doors of St. Peter Claver Church for another year of faith-filled learning! The goal of our teaching ministry is to assist parents in the awesome privilege of training their children in the instruction of the Lord, as promised at Baptism. We are here to help all families share in the life of the Church with the sole purpose of strengthening our relationship with Jesus! Please plan to join us for our next monthly Children’s Rosary on Saturday, Nov. 9th at 4pm in the Parish Hall. All are welcome to join us in prayer! ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS! Monthly Children’s Liturgy of the Word takes place during the 10:30am Mass on Sunday, Nov. 3rd. The children will be escorted from Mass and meet in the Parish Hall to hear the Gospel’s Good News of Jesus! Monthly Class Orientations

OCT. 20, 22: Grade 8 with Students and Parent OCT. 27: Grade 9 with Students and Parent NOV. 3: Grade 10 Students only Grade 8: Sunday at 11:30am and Tuesday at 6:30pm Grades 9 & 10: Sunday at 11:30am

How wonderful to read the offerings listed on our Children’s Offertory Envelopes each week! We thank their parents for teaching them to recognize that all we do and all we have are gifts from God!

Gifts of Time: Gave rainbow loom bracelets to neighbors; Shared my toys; Supported my sister at her soccer game; Went to Church; Cleaned room. Gifts of Talent: Soccer; Gymnastics; Drawing; Making bracelets; Dance; Played piano. Gifts of Treasure: Mom and Dad; I thank God for my cousin’s visit; Visiting with family; My pets. Special thanks for the monetary donations placed in the children’s envelopes each week! It teaches children to share in the Good Works of the Church!

Time with Jesus! How wonderful to see the children in Grades 1 and 2 come forward with their offerings at Mass! Many thanks to the parents for sharing their faith with their children and teaching them the importance of spending time with Jesus by attending Mass as a family. The basket is placed in front of the altar as a reminder that we come to Mass to learn our faith and spend time with Jesus! 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 Father Leary and my Parish Family, I am writing to tell you why I want to be accepted as an adult in the Church by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. I feel strongly about my religion and in the future I would like to get married in the Church and bring my children to St. Peter Claver where I have grown up. Being confirmed is the next step before becoming a fully initiated adult member of the Church. My faith has guided me through the slippery path of childhood and has taught me to be grateful for every day and not to take them for granted because you never know what might happen next. As I have grown, my faith has gotten stronger now that I have lost loved ones. I feel I have a bond with Jesus when I pray because life brings many difficulties, but He helps me through them with flying colors! Sincerely, Margaret For more information on our Faith Formation Ministry, please contact Angela Clement, Director of Religious Education at 860-521-2904 or email You may also visit the Parish Website for the monthly Family Newsletter, Class Calendars and Special Events at

KNIGHTS NEWS BOTTLES FOR BABIES 2013 REMINDER! The Knights of Columbus wish to remind our fellow parishioners that they will be collecting bottles on the weekends of October 26 & 27 and November 2 & 4. 2ND ANNUAL BAR-B-QUE FOR WEST HARTFORD FOOD BANK Our St. Peter Claver Knights of Columbus will sponsor an authentic slow cooked BBQ dinner featuring pulled pork and chicken next Saturday, October 26th at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Tickets will be available after masses this weekend. TRIP TO QUEBEC CITY – ADVANCE NOTICE It’s been 4 years since our last Quebec Winter Wonderland trip and we hope to go back from February 27 thru March 2, 2014. Once again we will stay at the Chateau de Frontenac from Thursday thru Sunday. Included in the trip are 3 wonderful buffet breakfasts, wine and cheese reception, French fondue dinner, tour of the Hotel de Glace Ice Hotel, tour of Beaupre Coast incl. St. Anne de Beaupre, entrance to the Basilica and Montmorency Falls; 3 Nights lodging, bus and guide included. Passport is required. Price per person is $689 based on double occupancy. Bus driver and guide tips are included in price. Please sign sheets in back of church if you are interested. There is no commitment at this time, but we need to get an idea as to how much interest there is. Contact Joe Cassano for additional information: 860 521-5986.

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