St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Initially I was going to talk about how we are tenants in vineyard of the Lord and how Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si , on Care for Our Common Home, that the vineyard, our earth, is crying out to us, and I quote, “because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her” (LS #2). He goes on to say: “We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life” (#2) “by our presuming to take the place of God and refusing to acknowledge our creaturely limitations” (#66).

But then another event happened: another massacre, this time in Las Vegas. I reflected that like the tenants in today’s Gospel, we turn to violence to get our way or to make our point or just for the thrill of it. Witness the times we give in to road rage or bullying another or our taking part in causing division and dissension, or our complicity in allowing weapons of mass destruction, the fruit of “wild grapes”; not “judgment but see, bloodshed,” not “justice, but hark, the outcry” (cf. Is. 5:7).

Questions swirled in my head but precious few answers.

When will it end? When will it end? Why are we surprised every time it happens, labeling every occurrence as an absolute evil but continuing to provide evil with the tools to allow it to continue haunting us? Why?

Why do we respond with empty words and pitiable actions, taking moments of silence and building shrines of flowers and teddy bears? When will we do something to stop the carnage in our streets, schools, movie theaters, concerts and homes?

When will we finally determine we will not tolerate to be part of a Wild West show?

When we feel safe and be safe from the fear of violence?

Pray for courage to make decisions, prudence in making them, and perseverance throughout.

 

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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