St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

What gets you up each morning? (Besides Folgers in your cup?)  What drives you to go to work?  Where do you get the energy you need to do all you have to do each day?

Most answers will come down to one reason: the need to provide for yourself and your family. In today's American culture, this may mean more than just having the basic necessities, but also having the trophies of success that indicate that "you have arrived."  And many of us have arrived. Only we're tired and frazzled by the trip.

That makes today's Gospel passage on this holiday weekend even more appealing. We'd like to lay our burdens down and rest.
 
Surely we cannot stop providing. Nor is it evil to have some of the niceties that the material world can provide. But, we can come to Jesus and learn a few lessons. Lessons that might make this a different kind of Independence Day for us. A freedom from chasing after goals that are elusive and never enough.
 
There is another way to live-with "Kingdom Wisdom" which counsels us to love God first of all, to love neighbor as ourselves, to be meek in the sense of being non-violent, and to die to selfishness.
 
The problem  is that this Kingdom Wisdom doesn't always work in the real world. The tension between  t and "Conventional Wisdom" has produced unattainable ideals, uneasy consciences, and homilies that don't always speak to our life experiences.
 
It's a mistake to compare or oppose these two types of Wisdom.  They are based on different visions of the same reality.  When Jesus told the rich young man to sell everything if he wanted to be perfect, Jesus wasn't putting down riches, but rather giving advice to that particular man.  The principle for everyone else involves looking at what keeps us from following the Lord and then doing something about it. In another case, Jesus did not call the man foolish because he built bigger barns to hold his harvest, but rather because he was selfishly hoarding his property.  How'd that work out?
 
We are not called to choose one way or the other but to integrate these two types of wisdom.  We steep ourselves in Kingdom Wisdom and take in only as much Conventional Wisdom as needed to live in our culture.  We thus develop "Personal Wisdom" under the guidance of the Spirit.  And that Personal Wisdom is what gets us going, drives us, and provides the energy for our lives.
 
-Fr. Sas, July 6 Homily  
Fourteenth 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.

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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