St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Have you ever been seduced? No, seriously.  Have you ever been seduced?  Given the fact that the word is defined as the act of enticing, beguiling, or winning another over to a desired state or position, it seems safe to assume that every one of us has been seduced at least once in the course of our lives.

Some are seduced by love or its promise. Others yield to hatred or revenge. Some are seduced by power or luxury, leisure or prestige.  Some are easy prey for trends in fashion and will spend vast amounts of money to wear a style or brand name popular at the moment. Advertising and sales are fueled by the art of seduction, targeting demographic groups, researching which colors, shapes and designs on packaging will cause people to buy a particular product over another.  Even the placement of products in stores is intentional to manipulate the unwary shopper.
 
Obviously seductions vary; some are good and beneficial while others are evil and harmful. Both extremes are presented in today's Scriptures. Paul in his Letter to the Romans urges his readers not to conform themselves to this age, not to be seduced by the world, but rather to surrender to God's mercy which will transform and renew them.
 
In the Gospel, Peter, who moments before had confessed Jesus as the Messiah, gives way to the seduction of a royal messiah who would restore the fortunes of Israel. Glory and honor were what Peter expected; suffering and death were far from his mind, and so he acts as a Satan, one who seeks to mislead.
 
The prophet Jeremiah feels seduced (a better translation than duped) and overcome by the power of God. He finds himself helpless to do anything but preach a message he would rather not.  And yet the God from whom he would like to flee also promised to be with him, to make him like a fortified city able to withstand the verbal and physical attacks that would come with his proclamation of God's word.
 
God continues to entice, beguile and try to win people away from sin to a life of grace. That is one seduction to which we all should succumb.

-Fr  Sas, August 31 Homily  
22nd 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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