St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

A great crowd began to tag along with Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem. My guess is that there was much excitement and speculation about what was going to happen once they got to Jerusalem, the political and religious capitol. Jesus was a gifted preacher and miracle worker who was unlike other religious authorities, for he even welcomed sinners and ate with them. Because of his working class background and small town roots, he was someone to whom the ordinary people could relate. Some were also wondering if he might be the Messiah. People were jumping on the bandwagon, and a party atmosphere was developing.

Suddenly, Jesus whirled around and spoke today's sobering and challenging words: "If anyone comes to me without hating his family and his own life, he cannot be my disciple." He then told two parables, both of which counsel that one needs to enter into discipleship with open eyes and level head; only a complete awareness of the costs, conditions and consequences of commitment to him will enable them to persevere. The journey to Jerusalem was not a victory march in the sense most expected. It was not a free ride to glory or positions of importance in the messianic kingdom. It was time for everyone to put up or shut up.
 
Many perhaps bailed at this point. Some probably did not believe their ears or take too seriously what they were hearing and continued on. Eventually all would abandon him at the darkest moments of betrayal and crucifixion. And afterwards, only a few would remember these words and once again take up the challenge they present.
 
How about us?
 
The dangerous Jesus of the first Christian century is not the safe Christ of our liturgy. But, it is the dangerous Jesus who flashes the challenge to us today.


-Fr. Sas, September 8 Homily
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

 

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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