St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

“Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends?”1

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is journeying to Jerusalem. The great crowd of followers expected him to be welcomed as the Christ, the Messiah; and, they were hoping to bask in his reflected glory.

Not so fast!

Jesus suddenly turns and cries out:

 “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple… anyone of you who does not renounce all of his possessions cannot be my disciple.”2

What’s this: hate your closest and most loved people and even your own life; carry your own cross; renounce all your possessions? What he’s asking is impossible. Even if “hate” means having an attitude to make him first in importance, even if “carry your own cross” means only to imitate him in bearing suffering or hardship for his sake, even if “renounce” means do not become more attached to things instead of him, it’s still very difficult.

I imagine the “great crowd” lost its enthusiasm and slowly melted away. They were expecting a coronation. Instead Jesus promises a cross and a crucifixion.

Stay forever or leave now. Continue with the journey and give up your own expectations of glory, comfort, and ease.

That’s our choice.
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1 Wisdom 9:13
2 Luke 14:26- 27, 33

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23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, C16

 

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

Click:  SIGN-UP SHEET

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.

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