St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

The disciples were getting concerned.  It was late in the day; the sun was going down and the crowd of more than 5,000 had to be hungry. So they approached Jesus and gently-but pointedly-suggested that he stop his cures and teaching so that he could dismiss the crowd to go into the nearby villages to buy food and fend for themselves.  The disciples were hungry and weary, too. They wanted to kick back and have some nourishment, meager as it was, for all they had were five loaves and a couple of fish to share among themselves.  After that, maybe get some shut-eye. But instead Jesus stops them cold by saying: "Give them some food yourselves."

Is he nuts?!?
No. He's trying to teach them a lesson. He's calling them to greater generosity.  Discipleship is not a 9 to s job. Service isn't something we do by appointment only when we want and under circumstances we can control. Parents know all about such service; spouses, too, and anyone who is not wrapped up only in themselves.
We know the rest of the story with its under- and over-tones of the celebration of the Eucharist. All are fed and satisfied.  But a further lesson is taught by the leftovers: twelve wicker baskets of fragments are gathered.  That couldn't be a coincidence, could it?  Twelve baskets-twelve disciples. A doggie basket for each! The message is hammered home: you do have food to give!
Generosity in serving others is more than just equalized; it is multiplied many times over.

-Fr. Sas, August 3 Homily  
18th   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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