St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

A great crowd began to tag along with Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem. My guess is that there was much excitement and speculation about what was going to happen once they got to Jerusalem, the political and religious capitol. Jesus was a gifted preacher and miracle worker who was unlike other religious authorities, for he even welcomed sinners and ate with them. Because of his working class background and small town roots, he was someone to whom the ordinary people could relate. Some were also wondering if he might be the Messiah. People were jumping on the bandwagon, and a party atmosphere was developing.

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

Jesus invites us as his disciples into the same close relationship with the Father as he has. In doing so he is seeking to remove the ideas that God is distant or remote, or some volatile and cranky power who needs to be placated constantly, or approached only when absolutely necessary. This portrait is not new to the Scriptures. Similar images can be found in Isaiah, witnessed in Jeremiah, and celebrated in the Psalms. Why then has the image of God as harsh judge become the one so often associated with God by so many?

I'd like to introduce you to my friend Justin Case. Perhaps you already know him. He's the person who when taking a day trip to the beach packs extra towels, a hoodie, long pants, extra sunscreen, two blankets, a folding chair, a beach umbrella, snacks, two water bottles, and rain gear "just in case." When going for a week's vacation, he has to rent a U- Hall to bring all his things "just in case." He's the guy you are behind at the security line at the airport with his computer, cell phone, iPad, iPod, MP3 and an overstuffed carry-on. He's a bit of a pack rat, saving magazines and newspapers "just in case" he wants to refer to some article in the future. He's always prepared for whatever the weather and whatever the circumstance "just in case."

I'd like to introduce you to my friend Justin Case. Perhaps you already know him. He's the person who when taking a day trip to the beach packs extra towels, a hoodie, long pants, extra sunscreen, two blankets, a folding chair, a beach umbrella, snacks, two water bottles, and rain gear "just in case." When going for a week's vacation, he has to rent a U- Hall to bring all his things "just in case." He's the guy you are behind at the security line at the airport with his computer, cell phone, iPad, iPod, MP3 and an overstuffed carry-on. He's a bit of a pack rat, saving magazines and newspapers "just in case" he wants to refer to some article in the future. He's always prepared for whatever the weather and whatever the circumstance "just in case."

FREEDOM!
 
What an emotionally stirring word. People of my generation can remember Richie Havens singing the word over and over again at Woodstock and the positive response he got for doing so.
 
But freedom can have many meanings. For students and teachers, it may describe the end of classes and the beginning of a vacation. For some countries, it may hold the hope of political change as it did here when on July 4, 1776 a declaration was made for

"Who do the crowds say that I am?"
"But you, who do you say that I am?"

After solitary prayer, Jesus returns to his disciples and asks these questions. He must have already heard rumors as to who the crowd thought he was. He also had a pretty good idea as to his true identity.

He received the answers he expected from "the crowd, the others." He joyfully accepted Peter's response about being "the Christ of God," albeit with a warning of coming events involving suffering, rejection, and death.

 

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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