St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Who knew?

It was an ordinary day. She was going about her daily routine: Stoking the fir, making bread for breakfast, cleaning up, sweeping her dirt floor, and airing out the house. And now it was about noon and time to go the well and fill her jar with water to last until the next day.

She saw a man sitting by the well. She somehow knew he was a Jew. Maybe it was the way he dressed or his facial features or his accent as his asked for a drink of water. Of course she was taken aback at this breach of etiquette. The Jews barely tolerated her people although they shared some history, for instance, Jacob and his son Joseph. But she and the rest of her people were considered “unclean” by the Jews. It seems after they were conquered about 720 BCE, the Assyrians deported most of the ruling class, artisans, and the well-to-do to other lands they conquered and repopulated Samaria with other people they had likewise conquered. In time, these “foreigners” and the remaining Jews intermarried, thus polluting the blood lines.

And so, she challenged this impertinent Jew. He replied with a surprising answer about living water, and then asked her to go and get her husband. Now something in his manner impelled her to tell the truth about her marital status - or lack of it. He then revealed a further truth about her which astounded her. She looked more closely at him and saw gentleness, mercy, and understanding in his eyes. She was accepted for who she was and what had happened to her! How different from the women and the majority of men of her town who shunned her, making her come to draw water in the heat of the day when she wouldn’t have to meet them and endure their hostility. And the conversation continued - and deepened. Eventually this strange but gentle man, after setting her straight about the role of the Jewish people in salvation, revealed to her something astounding about himself: he was the Messiah, the Christ! She had to tell the people of the town, not about that claim, but that he told her everything she had done.

A chance meeting, a simple request, and a conversation turned an ordinary day into an extraordinary one.

God is present among us and within us and in everyone we meet and all the ordinary things we do. If we only pay attention and are attuned to the Spirit, who knows what extraordinary things could happen?

3rd Sunday of Lent, A, 2017

Confirmation2019-2020 ~ Registration Open Now for Children entering Grades 1-9
Registration forms due by May 31
Completed Forms can be mailed to church, dropped off at church office or placed in offertory basket in an envelope marked Faith Formation. Forms can be obtained here: Click Here to download the 2019-2020 Registration form
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VACATION BIBLE CAMP

FOR CHILDREN ENTERING GRADES 1-6

DATE: Mon. Aug 5- Thursday Aug 8  ~  TIME: 9 – 12 daily

WHERE: St John Fisher Hall and grounds

Your child will set sail on an island adventure in search of the world’s greatest treasure that is worth more than gold! Register your children for this spectacular adventure right here at St. John Fisher Church!  X will mark the spot for Vacation Bible camp as they go on a hunt, walk the plank, fish for sunken treasure and discover God’s love!  There will be island music, colorful crafts, games, activities, tropical fruits and snacks.  Cost: $50 per child (space is limited)

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