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Weekly Reflection


A gift from God

12-08-2019© LPi

What does it mean to be worthy? There are a few different ways to approach this question. Today’s Gospel highlights two: the way of the Pharisees and the way of John the Baptist. Our faith values good works and discipleship. Perhaps, then, we “earn” our worth by adhering to the right doctrines and following the right pious practice. The Pharisees thought they were worthy. Due to their religious pedigree and proper procedures, they were self-satisfied. John the Baptist’s words to them are strong. “Do not resume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’” Of course, Jesus (and John) don’t omit the responsibility for moral behavior. John gives the Pharisees quite a strong warning in that regard. “Produce good fruit as evidence of your repentance … every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

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Upcoming Events


Scripture Discussion Group

Dec 9, 2019: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (weekly)

Mondays from 6:00-7:30pm in the John Paul II Pastoral Center

Please join this fun-filled and inspiring group as we enrich our understanding of the readings from last weekend’s Holy Mass.

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Grief Support Group

Dec 12, 2019: 6:00pm

Thursdays at 6:00pm in the SJPII Parish Center Conference Room, 160 Main Street, Torrington

This event is open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

Divine Mercy Adoration

Dec 13, 2019: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (weekly)

Please join Father Emmanuel for Divine Mercy Adoration and Community Prayer every Friday 6:00-7:30pm at St. Peter Church, 107 E Main St. in Torrington.

6th Annual Christmas Cookie Fair

Dec 14, 2019: 8:30am - 12:00pm

Proceeds benefit St. John Paul the Great Parish

Select from a delicious assortment of HOMEMADE CONFECTIONS for your holiday gatherings. Sold by the pound.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 15, 2019: 1:00pm

Bilingual Holy Mass at 1:00pm at St. Peter Church followed by procession to St. John Paul the Great Academy

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