St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Some, because they seek to serve God by going to church and living a moral life, expect that life will be smooth and
problem free. They also seem to expect that the Church itself will be a place where everyone gets along, there are not problems, and everyone has everyone else's best interests at heart.
 
While those are nice thoughts, they are not realistic ones.  Experience teaches quite a different lesson. Bad things do happen to good people with at least the same frequency as they do to those who have God far from the center of their lives. And as a Church, we've been tossed about recently by storms of scandal, apparent attempts at cover-ups, various other controversies and more than a few heated disagreements on parish, diocesan, national, and international levels.

TRINITY SUNDAY

Close your eyes for a few moments and remember some of your happiest times.  My guess is that most of those moments, if not all of them, involved someone else. At our core we are social creatures.  At the very beginning, God proclaimed that it is not good for man to be alone. Those who seek constant solitude are labeled as uloners" and judged as being at least a little bit strange or eccentric. Many punishments involve separating someone from others, such as the solitary confinement of a prisoner, or the dreaded silent treatment by someone significant. Part of the pathos in the Neil Diamond song uI am I Said" is that uno one heard at all" his cry that his existence be acknowledged.  And Dante's vision of hell is not one of fire but one of ice which encases and keeps people separate and unable to communicate.

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.

Carol told Doug. Doug called Frano. Frano passed the word to Pete and Joleen. They told Alicia. And so it went. No, they weren't sharing the latest gossip. They were members of our parish prayer chain, passing along information of the latest request for prayer.
 
They are successors of a long line of links in the prayer chain. It started with Jesus, praying for the ones the Father had given him. And, after the Lord's ascension, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James , son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas, son of James, and some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.devoted themselves with one accord to prayer.

The Church is not a scrapbook full of fading pictures remembering past glories. The church is instead-in its essence-the breathing, pulsating organism that forms when lives are intertwined by shared faith and service.

It is built of "living stones" that come together because of Christ and are bound to one another in service. Meeting the needs of all-and in particular the poor-dictates the daily "to do" list of the church.

What was the name of the other disciple on the road to Emmaus? Was he a friend or brother of Cleopas?  Was she his wife?  Or, did Luke simply forget the name? I dislike mysteries like that.
 
Suddenly it struck me. Maybe Luke did it on purpose. Maybe we are meant to see ourselves in the unnamed disciple. We recognize the Risen Christ in our community through our breaking open the Word in Scripture and in the breaking of the Bread in Eucharist.
 
Jesus becomes our companion (which comes from "cum panis" which means "with bread.")  Jesus meets us on our journey with bread and in bread.
 
And thus we fulfill the Risen One's beatitude: "Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." 

-Fr. Sas, May 4 Homily  
 Sunday of Easter, 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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