St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Many years ago there was a comedian by the name of Flip Wilson. He channeled a character named Geraldine who, whenever she got in trouble, would announce: "The devil made me do it!"
How often do we look for excuses, aka, "extenuating circumstances," when we do something wrong? We blame it on our parents, on how we were raised as a child. We cast blame on some teacher or coach who corrected us and lessened our self-esteem. In some few situations it may be true, but most of the time it isn't.

Allso, it flies directly in the face of the words from Sirach: "If you choose, you can keep the commandments." No more playing the "victim" game. And, Jesus, too, has more confidence in us than we do in ourselves by getting beneath the exact words of the commandments to the underlying emotions that cause us to sin.
Now, I would like to change the wording of one of the commandments from a negative prohibition to a positive statement: "Thou shall not kill." To: "You shall enable life." (1)
I suspect that almost all of us here in the parish can say that we haven't killed anybody. Or, if we did, we can claim it was justified, for example, in self-defense, in time of war, etc. But, this revised wording doesn't allow for many excuses. "Every time we are not actively working to sustain life, all life anywhere, we are actually undermining life everywhere." (2)
Actively working to sustain life includes things like: Medicare, Social Security, fair housing, minimum wage, food stamps, equal opportunity, unemployment compensation, health care, and education. These are part and parcel of dignified human life. To not support them is at least as much a sin as war, abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, and stem-cell therapy (3), the things the Catholic Church has problems with or has said is a sin.
A much more inclusive view, and it makes me a little less confident I'm really keeping the 5th Commandment.
How about you?                                          
1 The Ten Commandments: Laws of the Heart, Joan Chittister, 2006, p. 71
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid., based on p. 72 and p. 68

-Fr. Sas, February 16 Homily  
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A


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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