St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

What informs each of the readings including the psalm response is conflict.

Today’s Gospel about the good shepherd is in part a response to the Pharisees who had just thrown out the man born blind who was cured by Jesus. The man tried to argue that Jesus could not be a sinner even though he healed on the Sabbath but one who was listened to by God; and, we know God doesn’t listen to sinners. What was the result? They were highly offended because he was trying to teach them. So they threw him out. Jesus compares them to hired men whose only concern for the flock was as a source of income. In contrast, Jesus is the good shepherd who knows the flock and lays down his life for them.

 How’s Easter going?The reason I ask is that for most of us, Easter is a single day celebration.  But for the Church, it’s a 50 day extended time of joy. That’s 10 more days than Lent! 25% more time to rejoice! Most of us set goals for Lent; Easter, not so much. It seems we are much better being penitent than rejoicing. I wonder why that is. In each of the prefaces of Easter, I proclaim that we are overwhelmed with Paschal joy. Is that true? Do feel overwhelmed with joy?

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When reading the Passion Account, we might ask or feel: “When will it ever end?” I sometimes wonder if Jesus felt the same way.

If the dramatic, communal sharing of Mark’s Passion brings to mind the many murders that affront us each day in the news, especially school shootings; the crimes that hurt the poor and desperate among us; the crushing despair of millions around the world who caught below the safety nets of economic and medical survival; then we are accompanying Jesus in his walk toward Calvary today.

5th Sunday of Lent, B18

Why would some Greeks approach Philip to ask to see Jesus? And what are they doing, worshipping at the Jewish feast of Passover?

Philip and Andrew are Greek names, not Jewish. Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee, a town with a Jewish name but just over the border in Gentile territory. Those Greeks may have been proselytes, people who have totally converted to Judaism or “God-fearers”, a step below. The question I have is: Did they ever get to meet Jesus? The text gives no indication that they did. Philip goes on a mission to consult with Andrew and together they go to tell Jesus about the visitors who, it seems, were standing there and waiting to hear whether Jesus would meet with them. Instead Jesus answers Philip and Andrew by saying what we just heard read in today’s Gospel. Nothing more is said about those Greeks. They are forgotten.

4th Sunday of Lent - Year B

During these first three weeks of Lent, various aspects of our covenant relationship with God have been presented along with the privileges and responsibilities that flow from that relationship. Today we focus our attention on the other party to the covenant: God. What we encounter is astounding, far beyond our imagining, and much greater than we would have any right to expect or even to hope for.

Usually we think of Jesus as kind, compassionate, merciful, and peaceful. Today’s Gospel lays out for us a radically different view. He is very angry and violent, making a whip out of cords, driving out those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves for sacrifices along with their animals, and the money changers, turning over their tables and scattering their coins. The Jews, especially their leaders, were as shocked as we are by Jesus’ actions and demanded by what reason he did this. The disciples later remembered a quote from Scripture: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” He then spoke of the temple of his body: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”

Get your spring cleaning done and help support

STJF Knights of Columbus Parish Tag Sale
May 19th, 9am-2pm (Rain date: May 26th)

Tag Sale KoCWe have two options for this sale:Rent a space from us and sell your goods. ($20 per space) OR Donate your goods to us! No items too big! Call us and we’ll even pick them up!!

Please note: Limited volunteers are available tohelp sell your appreciated items; so, please take the time to choose your donations carefully. All proceeds will go toThe STJF Capital Development Fund.Reserve your spot now:

Jean Jacques @ 860.295.0001

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

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Saturday, May 5th  - Come to the YARD GOATS Game! We have great seats behind the dug out of the Portland Sea Dogs, a Double‐A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox! We will leave immediately following the 4:00pm mass. Tickets are $11.00 each. You must sign up and pass your permission slip and money in by April 25. After that point ticketswill be open to all parishioners. Please bring money for snacks.

Permission Slip:   May 5 Yard Goats Game

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

TeenCookoutSaturday, June 16th  - spring into summer with our ANNUAL COOKOUT! Come celebrate our seniors at the 4:00pm mass where they will be recognized then join us down stairs for a cookout, s’mores and field games. 4:00(mass) 8:00pm.

WildWestCampVACATION BIBLE CAMP

Your child will go back in time to the Wild, Wild West for a Wild Western Adventure Romp! They will enter a world of outlaws, cowboys, frontier games and even some wild animals. I hope many of the children join us on this spectacular adventure right here at St John Fisher Church! This will be an opportunity for kids to explore not only the thrilling Wild West, but also a way to discover a living spiritual relationship with Jesus and learn more about some Bible “outlaws” who chose to follow God and do what’s right. There will be Western themed games, crafts, activities, music and snacks It will be a week of ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” FUN !!!!

Date: August 6-9 Time: 9:00-noon  Where: St. John Fisher Church Hall

This camp is open to children entering grades 1-6  Cost is $25 per child

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