St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

In the parables we’ve heard these past weeks, he uses “like” six times! The kingdom of heaven is like:

  • A man who sowed good seed in his field
  • A Mustard seed
  • Yeast
  • A treasure buried in a field
  • A merchant searching for fine pearls
  • A net thrown into the sea

But those are just descriptions...or similes. They don’t really define what the kingdom heaven is: only what it is like. It is like something small that brings with it incredible growth, like yeast or a mustard seed. It is like a buried treasure or a really fine pearl that is priceless, and everything else is of secondary value. It is like good seed sown in a field growing up with weeds or like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind, but ultimately there will be a time of separation, a day of judgment.

We never find a clear definition of the kingdom of heaven anywhere in Scripture; however, what we do find are examples of people who live kingdom-of-heaven values. For example, Solomon asked for the wisdom to be a good and just ruler rather than for wealth, fame, long life, or victory over his enemies.

Characteristic of the kingdom of heaven are the values that Jesus taught and lived and that others put into practice following Jesus, just as we do today.

I suspect that the kingdom of heaven is not so much a physical place but rather a spiritual state where relationships have the highest priority and are governed by wisdom, justice, love, and mercy.

If we live like that, we already live in the kingdom of heaven!

~Fr. Sas, July 27Homily
17th 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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