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Weekly Reflection

Unity and Division


The Prince of Peace wants to set the world on fire? This Sunday's Gospel can sound more intense than what we may be accustomed to. It's a passage of contradictions. Jesus so clearly prays for unity, yet here he speaks of division. Why would our God who comes as an offering of love speak so frankly about causing relationships to be torn apart?

The sobering truth is that Jesus is divisive. We see this throughout the Gospels, as the Pharisees critique him, the Romans condemn him, and not everyone in the crowd is enthusiastic about his words.

Jesus has not come for the purpose of dividing, but what he does is so radical that it upends the status quo. And it doesn't end with his preaching and miracles! "There is a baptism with which I must be baptized." Jesus isn't talking about his baptism at the Jordan River, which has already occurred, but the passing through the waters of death on the Cross and rising again to new life in the resurrection.


Upcoming Events

Kevin's Place

Aug 25, 2019: 1:00pm

at St. Peter's Hall

Providing a free community meal the second and fourth Sunday of each month.


Scripture Discussion Group

Aug 26, 2019: 6:30pm - 7:30pm (weekly)

in the John Paul II Pastoral Center

For more info call Mary Cashman @ 860-489-7568

Kick-Off LifeTeen Mass

Sep 15, 2019

Immediately followed by our Family BBQ Gathering for teens and their parents. ($1/person Donation)

12th Annual Connecticut Catholic Men’s Conference

Oct 19, 2019: 8:30am - 4:00pm

St. Paul Catholic High School, Bristol, CT


5th Annual JP2019 Youth Rally

Oct 27, 2019: 12:30pm - 7:00pm

at the Religious Ed Center

All teens from Grades 8-12 will attend our 5th Annual JP2019 Youth Rally.