St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

 How’s Easter going?The reason I ask is that for most of us, Easter is a single day celebration.  But for the Church, it’s a 50 day extended time of joy. That’s 10 more days than Lent! 25% more time to rejoice! Most of us set goals for Lent; Easter, not so much. It seems we are much better being penitent than rejoicing. I wonder why that is. In each of the prefaces of Easter, I proclaim that we are overwhelmed with Paschal joy. Is that true? Do feel overwhelmed with joy?

Think about what we are celebrating: Jesus is truly risen! We take the resurrection of Jesus with as much excitement as saying the light has changed from red to green. It has become for us a matter of fact. But it was not for those 1st disciples! 

Now a sizable amount of the Jewish people at the time of Jesus believed in a resurrection of the dead. But it would be for everyone at the end of time. Remember Jesus going to Bethany after the death of Lazarus, meeting Martha, and saying your brother will rise; and Martha responding that she knew he would rise at the end of time? They didn’t expect it to be for one person just three days after his death when time was still ticking away. This was astounding news.Can you imagine the excited conversation that went on when the two disciples ran the seven miles back from Emmaus and burst into the room and breathlessly explained they conversed with Jesus and recognized him in the breaking of the bread and then he disappeared? He apparently appeared to Peter as well so I guess he was undergoing a grilling too.  Imagine the questions: What did he look like – like death warmed over? When he talked, why didn’t they recognize his voice? What clothes was he dressed in? How did he seem? Was he like the Jesus we loved and followed? Was he angry that we deserted him?

And in the hubbub, suddenly, out of nowhere, Jesus appears and says: “Peace be with you.” Of course they were startled and terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost despite the testimony of Peter and the other two disciples. But he reassured them and even ate in front of them! “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” and said “they were witnesses of these things.”

Peter took his witnessing seriously as we heard in the reading from the Acts of the Apostles. They shared the Good News and Easter continues.

Today, we are witnesses of these things. 

I repeat my question: How’s Easter going?

3rd Sunday of Easter

 

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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