St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Are you an optimist or a realist? To which Infancy Narrative are you more attracted, Luke or Matthew?

Most people prefer Luke’s telling of the birth of Jesus. It’s more familiar to us as we read it every Christmas. He tells of the Annunciation to Mary, her visit to Elizabeth, the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the stable, the manger, angels’ singing, Peace on earth, and  shepherds. Even after the Savior’s birth there is no trouble except what says to Mary at the Presentation.

It’s all light, happiness and joy.

Matthew’s telling of the story of Christ’s birth, on the other hand, has Joseph and Mary living in a house in Bethlehem and the annunciation is told to Joseph. After the quiet birth of Jesus with no fanfare, Matthew has Joseph, Mary and the baby hightail out of Bethlehem going to Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of Herod who gives an order that all innocent children should be killed in the area around Bethlehem.

Matthew is much darker and more sinister, certainly less joyful, and maybe more realistic.

Life and death, light and darkness, joy and sorrow are always present in our lifes, especially this Christmas when our happiness is tempered  by the sadness in Newtown.

But, for today, let’s have smiles. Let us remember that Christ is our light who shines through the darkness and that darkness has not overcome it. 

And, may we be lights for others to help them through their shadows and moments of darkness.

Christmas, 2012

Christmas, 2012

 

Are you an optimist or a realist? To which Infancy Narrative are you more attracted, Luke or Matthew?

Most people prefer Luke’s telling of the birth of Jesus. It’s more familiar to us as we read it every Christmas. He tells of the Annunciation to Mary, her visit to Elizabeth, the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the stable, the manger, angels’ singing, Peace on earth, and  shepherds. Even after the Savior’s birth there is no trouble except what says to Mary at the Presentation.

 It’s all light, happiness and joy.

Matthew’s telling of the story of Christ’s birth, on the other hand, has Joseph and Mary living in a house in Bethlehem and the annunciation is told to Joseph. After the quiet birth of Jesus with no fanfare, Matthew has Joseph, Mary and the baby hightail out of Bethlehem going to Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of Herod who gives an order that all innocent children should be killed in the area around Bethlehem.

Matthew is much darker and more sinister, certainly less joyful, and maybe more realistic.

Life and death, light and darkness, joy and sorrow are always present in our lifes, especially this Christmas when our happiness is tempered  by the sadness in Newtown.

But, for today, let’s have smiles. Let us remember that Christ is our light who shines through the darkness and that darkness has not overcome it.[1]

And, may we be lights for others to help them through their shadows and moments of darkness.

 



[1] Jn. 1:5

 

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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