St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

The Season of Advent has one foot in the past and one in the future. We are getting ready for the celebration of Christmas once again with joyful anticipation. We are also preparing for the return in glory of Jesus, maybe with somewhat lesser anticipation and perhaps a little trepidation.

But, why is that so? As St. Augustine wrote: “For what sort of love of Christ is it to fear his coming? Brothers [and sisters], do we not have to blush with shame? We love him, yet we fear his coming. Are we really certain that we love him? … He will come whether we wish it or not. Do not think that because he is not coming just now, he will not come at all. He will come, you know not when; and provided he finds you prepared, your ignorance of the time of his coming will not be held against you.”

We are told: “Be watchful; be alert”; “Watch.”. We are being called to live in the moment and faithfully attend to whatever task we have been entrusted by God.

This call to constant preparedness is not just a matter of our personal efforts. Indeed, God our Father has a stake in our success; for God wants all to share in eternal life. And so Paul tells us through the Corinthians that God will keep us firm to the end and already enriches us with every spiritual gift.

The fact is that we cannot do it by ourselves. The author of the Isaiahan passage knew that if the People were to be God’s people again after the Exile, God would have to have a hand in reshaping and re-forming them, just as a potter does when working on clay.

This Advent Season may we place ourselves in God’s creative hands to be shaped and recreated as we await Christmas and the Lord’s return. May we recognize that we are a work in progress and be alert to the touch of the Master Potter.


1st Sunday in Advent, B, 2017


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.


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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