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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, September 22 4:30 PM For the People of St. Peter Claver Sunday, September 23 8:30 AM Memorial: Thomas Bielawski 10:30 AM Memorial: Thomas Davoren Monday, September 24 6:30 AM Mass Tuesday, September 25 6:30 AM Memorial: Josephine & Joseph Caruso Wednesday, September 26 6:30 AM Special Intention Thursday, September 27 6:30 AM For the People of St. Peter Claver Saturday, September 29 4:30 PM Memorial: Carol Autorino Sunday, September 30 8:30 AM 14th Anniversary: James P. Curley 10:30 AM Memorial: W. Eugene Lafleur ARCHBISHOP’S COLUMBUS DAY BREAKFAST ALL ARE INVITED! The Most Rev. Henry J. Mansell, and the Foundation for the Advance of Catholic Schools (FACS) cordially invite you to attend the Breakfast on Friday, October 5 at 7:30 am at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven. Proceeds’ from this Breakfast will provide scholarship grants for students attending Catholic elementary schools in the greater New Haven area. For information on how you can participate, please contact: FACS Coordinator Shirley Ziolkiowski at 860-761-7499 or the Executive Director Cynthia Basil Howard at 860-7617498. (Guest Speaker: Bret B. Nichols, Former Pro Basketball Player, Author & Motivational Speaker, Emcee: Keith Kountz, Anchor, News 8, New Haven, CT BLESSING OF ANIMALS To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a Blessing of Animals has been scheduled for Sunday, September 30 at 12:00 noon in our church parking lot. If you would like to have your pet dog, cat, goldfish, hamster, iguana or other pet blessed, you are welcome to bring him/her for this special blessing. In the interest of safety, please have all pets either leashed or caged. Thank you! 40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN The Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford will participate in the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. The Spring 40 Days for Life campaign has reported 804 babies saved and the number may increase as coordinators continue to report the results of their local campaigns. Please join us for the following: Wednesday, September 26 ~ Opening day of 40 Days for Life ~ Mass at 7:30 am with Archbishop Henry Mansell at St. Joseph Cathedral.

September 23, 2012

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 Wicked people discuss their anger at the just one, because they do not like being reproached for their evil ways. They want to see if he is the Son of God, so they decide to torture him and see if God will come to defend him. They decide to condemn him to a shameful death and see if the claims are true that God will take care of him. Second Reading: James 3:16—4:3 James discusses the importance of avoiding jealousy and strife. People should strive for peace and justice instead of concentrating on material pleasures which can tempt people to sin to obtain whatever they desire. Gospel: Mark 9:30-37 Jesus again attempts to prepare his disciples for his death and resurrection, although they do not yet fully understand. They had been arguing over who was the most important one, but Jesus tells them whoever wants to rank first must be willing to remain a servant to all. He also tells them that anyone who welcomes a child in his name welcomes both him and God. ©1999 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 30 First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29 Second Reading: James 5:1-6 Gospel: Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

On Sunday, September 30th, come enjoy a cup of coffee and doughnuts and some friendly chatter. We thank the Knights of Columbus for sponsoring this event. SAVE THE DATE

Frank Runyeon presents: “Luke: Stories on the Road” Catholic TV star Frank Runyeon will present a dramatization of the gospel of Luke on November 4th at 6:30 p.m. at St Timothy Church: 1116 N Main St. West Hartford. The WHCAE is sponsoring this event with all six West Hartford parishes participating. Admission is $5.00 and tickets will go on sale beginning October 13th and 14th after all weekend masses. More information will be coming.

Thank you to all who recently took the time to generously respond to help fill the great need at St. Thomas the Apostle’s Food Pantry. We were able to provide them with two boxes filled with food bags. 45b

TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME STEWARDSHIP CORNER Today’s second reading warns that a heart consumed with avarice and envy leads to jealousy, strife, conflicts, and disputes. A giving heart, in contrast, can sing instead with the psalmist, “Freely will I offer you sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness.” T

LECTIONARY BASED BIBLE STUDY If you are interested in reading and reflecting with fellow parishioners on the scripture readings for the upcoming Sunday, please sign up after mass today for our lectionary based bible study. We will meet on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am beginning September 25th. The Quest Reflection Booklet from the Office of Small Christian Communities will be used as a guide. Books will be available at our first meeting on the 25th. No prior scripture study is required. Questions, please call Gigi Frailey at 561-4235, ext 3. BOTTLES FOR BABIES COLLECTION COMING SOON! The weekends of October 27 & 28 and November 3 & 4 are just around the corner. With less than 40 days to go, the Knights of Columbus are looking forward to another successful Bottles for Babies campaign. Together, over the past two years, St. Peter Claver Parish has been able contribute nearly $20,000 to St. Agnes Home here in West Hartford through the Bottles for Babies campaign. Once again, thank you for your generous support! A DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS EVENT: Featuring the new dual memoir, Just Cate Join parishioner Angela Martin & Noelle Alix, her coauthor, for a book sale & signing of their new book, Just Cate—a story of two lifelong friends and a spirited child with Down Syndrome. The book sale and signing will be held after all Masses, Saturday October 6, Sun. October 7, and Sunday October 14. One month later, after reading their story, gather for an evening of conversation, “Women Friendship: Our Quiet Spiritual Journeys,” Thursday, November 8th at 7:00 pm. Families, parents, and teens— all are welcome. And, come meet Cate! ~ MUSINGS ON MATTHEW ~ The gospels can sound strange to modern ears. Unlock the meaning of the Gospel of Matthew for you, the 21st century believer, by considering the interpretations of contemporary biblical scholarship. A five-session program will be held in the Parish Hall at St. Peter Claver Church from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Plan to attend ANY or ALL sessions: October 4: Sermon on the Mount, October 11: Miracles, October 18: Parables, October 25: Divided Communities, November 1: Jesus' Sacrifice. Presenter: Joan Kennedy facilitates adult faith formation programs with the aim of empowering the laity. An experienced teacher, business person, artist, and docent, she has recently become more empowered herself by earning a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. This program is free and open to the public. More information is available on our website. Questions, please call Gigi Frailey 860-561-4235 x3


We welcome into our Parish Family in the Saving Waters of Baptism, Julia Mae Talbott, daughter of Michael & Helene Talbott and Charles Francis Decoteau, son of Phillip & Nancy Decoteau. 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. WEST HARTFORD PARISHES OUTREACH NEEDS: Your help is requested with another opportunity to assist South Park Inn, by picking up food that Whole Foods on Raymond Road donates, and delivering it to South Park Inn every Monday and Wednesday mornings, beginning at Whole Foods at 10:15 am, and ending at South Park at approximately noon. The food donated provides up to two days of meals which include produce, prepared meals, and overstocked packaged items. The amount varies, but may fill two cars, and therefore would need two volunteers who can lift 20 lbs or so. Thus far, three parishioners from St. Mark the Evangelist have signed up to take on this ‘work’ but in order to continue this effort, we need many more people involved. So PLEASE, prayerfully consider just how important your help with this crucial ministry can be, and if you can join this effort, contact John Clark, co-coordinator at 860-521-7257. Thank You! DINNER MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Monday, September 24th is the DAY! As the Archbishop said in his letter last weekend to parishioners through the Archdiocese, Monday is Family Dinner Day. All families of the Archdiocese are encouraged to take the time to be together, share a meal, and enjoy each other’s company while reaping the benefits of having a family meal. More than a decade of research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University has consistently found that the more often kids eat dinner with their families, he less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. The Archdiocese of Hartford is participating in the national movement, Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children. This program reminds parents that what your kids really want at the dinner table is YOU. To learn more about Family Day and to join parents across the country in taking the Family Day pledge, log onto For additional information, tools, and resources visit the link on our homepage at Above all, please take the time and share a meal as a family on MONDAY! D

Attention 4th graders on up…

Altar serving training for new trainees begins in mid-October with 3 – one hour long training sessions in the church. It’s a great way to get involved in the weekly masses and be a part of the church community. Current altar servers are also encouraged to sign up for one or all of the training sessions for a refresher course. The newly trained servers will be introduced to the parish on November 4thh at the 10:30 AM mass (It is not mandatory that they attend but it’s a nice ceremony). A brief reception will follow to welcome the new altar servers and their families to the Altar Serving Ministry. Scheduling is done via Google Docs with monthly commitments and weekly email reminders. You may sign up to serve at the mass you regularly attend. Commit to as many masses as you want and if for some reason you cannot attend the mass your child has committed to, email the group to find a substitute. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Sue Farrell by October 1st at (or at home @ 860-521-6736).

Musings on Matthew A Five-Session Program

St. Peter Claver Parish Hall 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The gospels can sound strange to modern ears. Unlock the meaning of the Gospel of Matthew for you, the 21st century believer, by considering the interpretations of contemporary biblical scholarship. Attend All or ANY of these sessions:


Thursday Oct 4 Sermon on the Mount

Christian vision and principles of ethical living are a work in progress.


Thursday Oct 11 Miracles

Matthew’s story of the stilling of the storm illuminates the power by which Jesus acts and the faith required for discipleship.


Thursday Oct 18 Parables

They engage our imagination to describe the Kingdom of God.


Thursday Oct 25 Divided Communities

In religious institutions there is always tension between love & orthodoxy.


Thursday Nov 1 Jesus’ Sacrifice

Giving up what he loved, or trusting whom he loved? Presenter: Joan Kennedy presents adult faith formation programs with the aim of empowering the laity.  An experienced teacher, business person, artist, and docent, she has recently become more empowered herself by earning a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  Joan and her husband live in Farmington and have four adult children and six grandchildren.

This program is free and open to the public. Questions please call Gigi Frailey 860-561-4235 x3

Bulletin for September 23, 2012