St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Whenever there is a major news story, several accounts are presented by the various media, each giving a different angle or developing a particular point of view. The bigger the story, the greater the number of accounts.
 
The same is true in our Scriptures. There is more than one way to understand an event or present it. Thus we have two accounts of creation, a presentation of the Exodus that weaves together a couple of major traditions, two reports of Jesus' birth, and as we have heard today, two presentations of the gift of the Spirit to the disciples.

For the Jewish people at the time Luke was writing, the Feast of Pentecost was a celebration of the giving of the Law to Moses, thus forming the people of God through the Covenant. The Law was given on Mt. Sinai in an atmosphere of wind and fire. Now, in the Acts of the Apostles, the new people of God are formed through the gift of the Spirit, signified by wind and fire as well.
 
In the Gospel of John, the Spirit is given through the breathing of Jesus upon the disciples. This image of breath would remind John's readers of the account in which God breathed the breath of life into the newly formed human being. For John then, the coming of the Spirit was akin to a new creation-humanity experiencing a new birth.
 
Whether concentrating on covenant or creation, there is no doubt that these two writers saw the Spirit's presence as bringing a change in the lives of individuals and in the collective life of the people of God.
 
For us today, this celebration can begin a deeper understanding of who we are before God as a parish and as individuals. St. Paul reminds us that each of us has been given a "manifestation of the Spirit" for some benefit. Each of us is gifted and is to share that gift with the community as a whole if the community is to function well.
 
Today, use the Spirit's gifts of wisdom and understanding to discover and reflect on your unique quality, your gift, and how you might better use it for the benefit of our parish family.

 
-Fr. Sas, June 8 Homily
Pentecost, 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.

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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