St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

When we think of the Holy Family, we think of an ideal family whose supposed peaceful and holy life bears little resemblance of our own family life. But the Scriptures tell us a different story.

And it starts right from the beginning with Mary’s miraculous pregnancy. In Matthew’s Gospel, it was completely unexpected to Joseph whose shock led him to contemplate divorcing her.  In Luke’s Gospel Joseph and Mary had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem, not an easy trip under the best of circumstances, but Mary is expecting and soon after they arrived she gave birth. The story continues in

Matthew’s Gospel when Joseph packs up his family to escape Herod who wanted to kill the baby and flees to Egypt where they lived for some time as immigrants and refugees. Back to Luke’s version where they take the newborn to the Temple and are greeted by Simeon who predicted that the infant would be a sign of contradiction and that a sword of sorrow would pierce Mary’s heart. And that brings us to today’s Gospel which has the harried parents searching for the run-away 12 year old Jesus to be greeted by his haughty response to Mary’s question: “Son. Why have you done this to us?  Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” Jesus doesn’t understand why his parents didn’t understand why he “must be” in his Father’s house. While Joseph isn’t quoted here (or any place else in the Gospels), I imagine him reacting to Jesus’ rather snippy response by saying something like this: “Don’t you talk to your mother like that! I’m going to slap you upside the head if you aren’t more respectful. Come home with us – NOW!” Whatever Joseph did or said it made an impression because Jesus returned with them to Nazareth “and was obedient to them” from then on. And finally Joseph dies sometime after this episode and before Jesus embarks on his public ministry, leaving Mary a widow and Jesus as the sole breadwinner in what remains of this family unit.

An almost divorce, immigrants and refugees, dire predictions, a runaway child, anxious parents, death of a loved one;  the Holy Family shared in all that and the heartache that caused for each of them. Scripture depicts the Holy Family as knowing of the joys and hopes, the grief and anxiety of the ordinary, especially the afflicted, people of their age.

The Holy Family is more like our families than we’d ever imagined!

 

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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