St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

There is a saying used in the sports world, and many times in the business world as well, that has become a cliché: “There’s no ‘I’ in team.”  

Nor is there any “I” in the “Our Father”.  The “Our Father” is a community prayer, a family prayer, even when recited alone. It contains our, us and we and not my, me or I.

Certainly Luke’s version is somewhat different than what the Church made the ‘official’ version from Matthew’s Gospel, but both are in agreement in their use of pronouns.

Whichever version you pray, Jesus is telling us something important: Even in prayer, the Kingdom is about community.

And, guess what?

There’s no “I” in heaven either.

As a country we celebrate our freedom this weekend. In the Gospel, Jesus sends out his disciples free from luggage to prepare for his coming in every town and place he intended to visit. They are to be unencumbered, focusing on the task at hand.  “Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals.” What they were bringing along was much more important: the good news that “The kingdom of God is at hand for you.”

We all have “to do” or “honey do” lists. We oftentimes check off the list first what’s easiest to do, then gradually, the harder ones. Finally we are left with the hardest or the least attractive, like weeding the garden after letting it go for 6 weeks or cleaning out the garage, a closet, or that junk drawer.

When we ask other people who we are or when describing ourselves, we quite naturally talk about roles we have. For instance, “I’m a spouse.  I’m a father or mother.  I work in the banking, insurance, or manufacturing industry. I work at home, taking care of my family”.

Do we ever add or even think about that we “are children of God in Christ Jesus”?

Why? Why would Jesus go to dine in a Pharisee’s house? He had to know that the Pharisees were looking for excuses to criticize him. They had already complained that he was eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners. They had already accused him of letting his disciples break the Sabbath law by picking ears of corn on the Sabbath, a form of work that was strictly forbidden. Why would Jesus go into the lion’s den by eating at the home of a man who considered himself righteous by obeying scrupulously every commandment and tradition of the Law?

And then it happened.

A known sinner, a woman besides, crashes the dinner party, touches Jesus feet with her tears and with her hair, kisses them and anoints them with ointment.

Perfect! Simon was horrified and ecstatic at the same time. He had this so-called prophet right in his crosshairs!

But Jesus turns this breach of etiquette into a lesson of forgiveness and a criticism of Simon’s own lack of hospitality, showing his host is in need of forgiveness and not as righteous as he thought himself.

The Pharisee opened the doors to his home to Jesus. The woman opened the doors of her heart.

What can we learn?

•    First, don’t mess with Jesus.
•    Don’t consider yourself righteous.
•    Don’t judge others harshly.
•    We all are in need of the Lord’s mercy.
•    And when you invite into your life, show him hospitality.

Two of the more important discoveries in the history of humankind were learning how to tame fire and how to harness the wind.

We have recently seen the destruction those two elements can cause in the wild fires around and in Fort McMurray in Canada and in the tornadoes that devastated several southern and mid-Western communities.

But fire tamed can cook our food, heat our homes, and boil our water. Wind that is harnessed fills our sails, turns our windmills, and is a source of renewable energy.

Wind and fire also symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it can seem destructive, upending lives and burning out sin. Sometimes it can be more constructive, propelling us along paths not yet taken with a warming glow in our hearts.

Today which coming of the Holy Spirit do you need:

a purifying, raging fire or a soft candlelight glow;
a whirling tornado or a light gentle breeze?

 

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Get your spring cleaning done and help support

STJF Knights of Columbus Parish Tag Sale
May 19th, 9am-2pm (Rain date: May 26th)

Tag Sale KoCWe have two options for this sale:Rent a space from us and sell your goods. ($20 per space) OR Donate your goods to us! No items too big! Call us and we’ll even pick them up!!

Please note: Limited volunteers are available tohelp sell your appreciated items; so, please take the time to choose your donations carefully. All proceeds will go toThe STJF Capital Development Fund.Reserve your spot now:

Jean Jacques @ 860.295.0001

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

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Saturday, May 5th  - Come to the YARD GOATS Game! We have great seats behind the dug out of the Portland Sea Dogs, a Double‐A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox! We will leave immediately following the 4:00pm mass. Tickets are $11.00 each. You must sign up and pass your permission slip and money in by April 25. After that point ticketswill be open to all parishioners. Please bring money for snacks.

Permission Slip:   May 5 Yard Goats Game

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

TeenCookoutSaturday, June 16th  - spring into summer with our ANNUAL COOKOUT! Come celebrate our seniors at the 4:00pm mass where they will be recognized then join us down stairs for a cookout, s’mores and field games. 4:00(mass) 8:00pm.

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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