St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Imagine you are offered a job that guarantees you will be scorned or ignored, hated, ostracized, thought of as a weirdo or a crackpot, and almost all of your predecessors tried to escape doing it or made excuses for being ill-chosen for it. Would you take it? That's the reality of being a prophet of God. From the beginning from Elijah who had to run for his life and from A (Amos) to Z (Zephaniah) being a prophet was not a glamorous or a sought after task.

 
Today we see what being a prophet meant to Amos. After King Solomon died, the united nation of the twelve tribes was split into two kingdoms, Israel and Judah. Now the Southern kingdom, Judah, was looked down upon by the Northern kingdom of Israel. It had fewer resources, population, relatively little in the way of industry or trade. Amos was a shepherd and took care of the sycamores, probably illiterate, from the South, and a country bumpkin as far as the priest Amaziah at the Northern shrine at Bethel was concerned. Yet, Amos preached to the people of the North who went to the shrine to offer sacrifice. He criticized their worship and their lives. How dare he! And so Amaziah confronts this self- styled prophet, this nobody. It is interesting to note that the priest of Bethel-which means the house of God-calls the shrine the 11King's sanctuary and royal temple," indicating where his loyalties lie.
 
How often do we behave like Amaziah? Whenever we hear some criticism, we attack the person making it and their qualifications. 11Who died and you the boss?" 11I already have a mother," we'll say. Or, we'll whine, 11You don't know me!"
 
The next time you are tempted to dismiss someone's 11suggestions" for your life's improvement, consider whether that person is a weirdo or a prophet in disguise.

-Fr. Sas, July 12 Homily
15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Faith Formation Registration ~ 2018-2019

Faith Formation Classes, Grades 1-9 ~ Please register before May 31 (to avoid a late fee)

Registration forms are available HERE or at both of the church entrances.

Please place your completed forms in an envelope marked Faith Formation. Envelopes may be placed in the offertory basket, brought to the church office, or mailed.

Please email Theresa Brysgel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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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