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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, September 21 4:30 PM 15th Anniversary: James P. Curley Sunday, September 22 8:30 AM The Parishioners of St. Peter Claver 10:30 AM Anniversary: Judge Francis C. Vignati Monday, September 23 6:30 AM Mass Tuesday, September 24 6:30 AM Memorial: Kenneth Bouchard Wednesday, September 25 6:30 AM Memorial: Josephine Caruso Thursday, September 26 6:30 AM For the Parishioners of St. Peter Claver Saturday, September 28 4:30 PM 4th Anniversary: Joseph Melo Sunday, September 29 8:30 AM Memorial: John Joseph Beatty, Jr. 10:30 AM 1st Anniversary: Patrick Considine 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, September 23 6:30 PM Catholic Biblical School ~ Hall Tuesday, September 24 3:45 PM Grade 2 Parent Orientation ~ Hall Wednesday, September 25 10:00 AM Playgroup ~ Hall 3:45 PM Grade 2 Parent Orientation ~ Hall ANNIVERSARY SUNDAY CELEBRATION A special Mass will take place in St. Joseph’s Cathedral on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm. All couples celebrating their 25th, 50th, 60th as well as other special wedding anniversary this year are invited. Archbishop Mansell will be the main celebrant. Each couple will be greeted personally, receive a commemorative memento, get a photo with Archbishop Mansell, and renew their wedding vows. A simple reception will follow. Family members and friends are encouraged to attend. Please call the Rectory/parish office (860) 561-4235, Opt 2 to respond to this invitation.  A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE  Despite all our time saving gadgets, we still have less leisure and family time. To solve this we created the Myth of Quality Time. Don’t be fooled: Quality Time is Quantity Time. Jesus counsels us today, we “cannot serve two masters” and expect to be happy. Dedicate time to your family. No one in their final hours regretted not spending more time at work.

September 22, 2013

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME First Reading: Amos 8:4-7 The prophet Amos expressed disgust over people who take advantage of the poor. He describes businessmen scheming to cheat the poor, then declares that God will "never forget the things they have done." Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Paul urges the Christians to pray for all people, especially those in authority. Paul even asked them to pray for the kings who denounced Christ's teachings, because God wants all people to be saved through Jesus. Gospel: Luke 16:1-13 Jesus tells a story about a servant who tries to cheat his employer. The owner is impressed because he would do the same thing himself. Jesus then describes the importance of being trustworthy in small matters, as well as in greater ones. He then states that no one can serve two masters faithfully, so people cannot give themselves completely to both God and money. ©2000 Bon Venture Services, Inc. READINGS FOR THE WEEKEND OF SEPTEMBER 27

First Reading: Amos 6:1a, 4-7 Second Reading: 1Timothy 6:11-16 Gospel: Luke 16:19-31

6th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference, Saturday October 26th 8:30 AM- 5:00 PM Goodwin College East Hartford. Come join hundreds of Catholic men from our three dioceses. The day includes talks by four inspiring speakers, Holy Mass celebrated by our priests and bishops, confessions heard throughout the day, good music, and an opportunity to meet great men and priests from our dioceses. In honor of our new pope, our theme this year is Rebuild Our Church, Our Faith and Our Life…Following Pope Francis. Come and learn more about how Pope Francis is leading us. The $35 ticket includes lunch and can be purchased at our website: or by calling 860-739-4607. Speaker information, directions to Goodwin College are also on the site.

TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME STEWARDSHIP CORNER The dishonest manager in today’s parable knew how to manipulate money to his own advantage. But the Gospel warns that no one can serve both God and money. Which do I serve? Is my stewardship such that anyone can tell? PLEASE JOIN US!! Please sign up after masses on the weekends of September 29, October 6, or October 13 if you would be willing to participate in the Archdiocesan 40 Days for Life project. On Tuesday October 15, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place. Please sign up for a time slot. Also, on October 17, 6:00 am – 6:00 pm a peaceful vigil will take place outside the abortion center in Hartford (A parking permit is available by calling the Rectory Office for those planning to attend). If interested please sign up to participate in this way as well. Questions, contact Rick Araya, Culture of Life Rep at 860-883-9040 or Gigi Frailey at 860-561-4235, x3. YEAR OF FAITH PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY NOVEMBER 14-25, 2013 Learn more about your Catholic faith by participating in this upcoming pilgrimage tour sponsored by the Office of Radio & Television, and help support the daily television Mass and WJMJ, Catholic Radio... Where Faith Meets Life! Father John Gatzak, Executive Director of the Archdiocesan Office of Radio & Television and General Manager of WJMJ Radio, leads you on this special Year of Faith pilgrimage to Italy from November 14-25, 2013. This 12 day/10 night pilgrimage includes visits to Assisi, Loreto, Puglia... The Land of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)... San Giovanni Rotondo, Bari, Trani, Alberobello, Pietrelcina and more; and concludes in Rome for the Papal Mass closing the Year of Faith celebrated by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square. And we'll have you home in time for Thanksgiving! Cost per person, double occupancy, from JFK, New York: $4,107. Book and pay in full by September 30, 2013 and save $150 per person. Reservation deadline is October 10, 2013. For more information call 203.758.7367 or 860.242.8800; Email:, or go online at DEFENDING OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY #82 September 22, 2013 Government has no place defining religion and religious ministry, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are united in their ongoing and determined efforts to protect religious freedom. To help them in their quest, please call the Capitol switchboard in Washington, D.C. at 202-224-3121 and urge your Congressmen or Congresswoman and/or U.S. Senators to support legislation that will overturn the mandate. You can also write to the White House at: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20500.


BAPTISMAL CATECHESIS PROGRAM The next presentation of the Baptismal Catechesis Program will be held on Sunday, November 17 at 11:30 am in the Parish Center. Parents anticipating the Baptism of a child at St. Peter Claver during the months of December and January should call the Rectory Office at 860-561-4235, Opt 2 to sign-up for the program. VOLUNTEER TEACHERS/TUTORS NEEDED The House of Bread H.O.M.E. Program is in need of teachers and/or tutors to help women who are studying for the GED (high school diploma) test. The subjects include reading and writing skills. Classes are held MondayThursday from 12:15 – 1:45 pm. Textbooks are supplied. Volunteers are needed two days per week if possible. Please contact Grace at 860-522-3144, X205 or Sister Maureen at 860-549-4188 x 202.

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22 ~ RCIA – “Come & Meet Us” 25 ~ Playgroup


6 ~ Blessing of Animals 7 ~ Lectio Divina 8 ~ Lectio Divina 9 ~ Playgroup 12 ~ Youth Group Meeting 15 ~ Tentative Exposition of Blessed Sacramenat - 40 Days for Life – St. Mark 16 ~ Tentative - 40 Days for Life Prayer Vigil -Hartford 16 ~ Senior Luncheon 20 ~ Anniversary Mass ~ Cathedral 23 ~ Playgroup 26 ~ BBQ Dinner 26/27 ~ Bottles for Babies Collection

November 1 ~ All Saints Presentation – CCD 2 ~ St. Elizabeth House Dinner 4 ~ Lectio Divina 5 ~ Lectio Divina 6 ~ Playgroup 9 ~ Youth Group Meeting 9 ~ Veterans Day Flag Placement 17 ~ Speaker ~ Lorna Kelly ~ Author & Inspirational Speaker 16/17 ~ Holiday Craft Fair 20 ~ Playgroup


2 ~ Lectio Divina 3 ~ Lectio Divina 4 ~ Playgroup 8 ~ Children’s Christmas Pageant 14 ~ Breakfast with Santa 14 ~ Youth Group 18 ~ Playgroup ?? ~ Christmas Concert - TBD

A Message from Angela Clement, Director of Religious Education: Our Commitment to Teach Others the Love of Christ! This week we welcome back our parish youth to Faith Formation Classes! I wish to thank our many Catechists who have come forward to share their faith with the children in Grades 1 through 10 this year. I also wish to thank the wonderful parishioners of St. Peter Claver Church for reading this Faith Formation page each week and praying for the success of our ministry. We see the fruits of our labor when we read the letters from our Confirmation students. They will continue to be printed until all have been shared with their Parish Family. Another way to see how much the children are learning is to read the many ways they share their Time, Talent, and Treasure, which they list on their weekly offertory envelopes. What a blessing to know that we are all involved in bringing God’s children to faith in Christ! ST. PETER CLAVER’S SUPER STEWARDS! Thanks so much to all of our students who bring their envelopes to Mass each week! It is wonderful to read all of the great ways they follow Jesus by loving, sharing and caring- and especially for recognizing the best gifts of all - faith, family and friends! Gifts of Time: Looked after my little brother when he started Kindergarten; Starting school; Visited Grandma; Had a bonfire; Walked Grandfather’s dog; Did a chore without being asked; Read a story to my little sister. Gifts of Talent: Baseball; Drawing; Learning to walk on stilts; Singing, Practicing the piano; Football practice. Gifts of Treasure: Coming to Church; Spending time with my family; Thanking God for my cousins; School. Children are asked to continue using any envelopes remaining in their box from last year. Grade 1 Students and New Students will receive a box of offertory envelopes this year. Special thanks for the monetary donations placed in the children’s envelopes each week! We are blessed by their generous hearts of love!

CLASS START DATES Grades 1 - 6 SEPT. 22: Grades 3 - 6 SEPT. 29, 24, 25: Grade 2 with Parent Orientation OCT. 6, 8: Grade 1 with Parent Orientation Classes meet on Sundays at 9:30am, Tuesdays at 3:45pm, and Wednesdays at 3:45pm. All class sessions are one hour.

CLASS START DATES Grades 7 - 10 OCT. 6, 8: Grade 7 with Parent Orientation OCT. 20, 22: Grade 8 with Parent Orientation Grades 7 & 8: Classes meet on Sundays at 11:30am and Tuesday evenings at 6:30pm

OCT. 27: Grade 9 with Parent Orientation NOV. 3: Grade 10 Students only Grades 8, 9 & 10: Classes meet on Sundays11:30am

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, To me, Confirmation is a commitment to God that I will be a faithful member of the Church, and that I will keep my faith throughout my life. It is important for me to be confirmed because it helps me take the next step in my faith. This means that I will be closer to God and stay close to Jesus through prayer. Also, I know that my commitment to God will give me strength each day of my life. Sincerely, Lily Dear Fr. Leary and my Parish Family, I chose to be confirmed because I feel I am ready to become an adult member of the Church and fully endorse the Good News of Jesus Christ. With all of the stressful decisions I need to make in my young adult years, such as applying to colleges and going to college, and high school peer pressure, I need my faith to guide me in the right direction for my Christian life. I know I will keep my faith with me in good times and also my darkest hours and I am ready to let Jesus guide my life’s work and have Him show me how to be the best Christian I can be. ~Mark

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