St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

With over a billion members in the Catholic Church plus who knows how many in other Christian denominations, it’s hard to believe that those who 1st accepted the Good News of Jesus were thought to be outsiders and therefore a threat in some way.

How did they deal with that? The 1st Letter of Peter gave some sound advice. Knowing the knee-jerk reaction of many of us when attacked, the author advised against returning evil for evil. Instead, he counsels that when anyone asks for an explanation of what gives you hope, or when you are challenged about your beliefs, answer “with gentleness, with reverence” and respect. If you suffer, “it is better to do so for doing good than evil.”

And there were many times that these 1st Christians were attacked and persecuted. For example, Philip was in Samaria partly because of the persecution Saul had helped to initiate after the stoning of Stephen, the 1st martyr. Instead of striking back or going into hiding, he went out to the Samaritans who were despised by the natives of Judah. They were considered tainted, outsiders, and outcasts from the People of God. But, for Philip, Peter and John, they became brothers and sisters, blessed by the same Spirit. Any feelings of anger the Samaritans may have harbored were transformed into great joy because someone reached out to them and broke through the walls of isolation.

What enabled these 1st followers of Jesus to act with gentleness and reverence, with such openness to others even when they themselves were persecuted or shunned as outsiders? It was simply a bedrock conviction that God in Jesus Christ loved them. Nothing else really mattered, neither life nor death. They looked to Jesus as their model and guide. Rather than focusing on their own struggles and becoming overwhelmed by them, they centered themselves on Jesus, his saving works, his resurrection and the hope and promise of their own. They took very seriously Jesus’ command to love. Professed words of love became expressed works of love.

Because of sheer numbers we may no longer be considered outsiders. Yet, those who hold that there is a moral code that exists outside of personal choice are belittled. Society says, “If it feels good, do it.” It would feel good to drive a BMW. But it would be wrong to steal another’s car. Those who do not seek revenge when hurt are mocked or looked at with surprise. Consider the black parishioners of the church in Charlotte who forgave the one who killed their members who were at Bible study. How could they do that? They were following the Gospel. Those who proclaim the sacredness of all life from conception to its natural end are jeered or labeled “anti-choice”. Hmm. Maybe we who try to walk the Gospel path are still indeed outsiders as much as were Philip, Peter, John, and all the others.

Will we act as they did? Or will we beat a hasty retreat, ashamed of the faith we share?

Which will it be?

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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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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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