St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

The disciples were getting concerned.  It was late in the day; the sun was going down and the crowd of more than 5,000 had to be hungry. So they approached Jesus and gently-but pointedly-suggested that he stop his cures and teaching so that he could dismiss the crowd to go into the nearby villages to buy food and fend for themselves.  The disciples were hungry and weary, too. They wanted to kick back and have some nourishment, meager as it was, for all they had were five loaves and a couple of fish to share among themselves.  After that, maybe get some shut-eye. But instead Jesus stops them cold by saying: "Give them some food yourselves."

Is he nuts?!?
 
No. He's trying to teach them a lesson. He's calling them to greater generosity.  Discipleship is not a 9 to s job. Service isn't something we do by appointment only when we want and under circumstances we can control. Parents know all about such service; spouses, too, and anyone who is not wrapped up only in themselves.
 
We know the rest of the story with its under- and over-tones of the celebration of the Eucharist. All are fed and satisfied.  But a further lesson is taught by the leftovers: twelve wicker baskets of fragments are gathered.  That couldn't be a coincidence, could it?  Twelve baskets-twelve disciples. A doggie basket for each! The message is hammered home: you do have food to give!
 
Generosity in serving others is more than just equalized; it is multiplied many times over.


-Fr. Sas, August 3 Homily  
18th   Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

RELTX0662019-2020 ~ 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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St John Fisher ~ Treasure IslandSontreasureIsland

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! Feel the ocean breeze, hear the island music, taste tropical fruits, play island games and create colorful crafts. 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!  Cost: $50 per child (space is limited)

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