St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Alexandre Bida A woman healed by touching the garment of Jesus 400“I believe in you.” I trust you.” “I have faith in you.”

How often do people say one or more of those sentences or something like them to us? Those words can not only increase our self-esteem but make us try harder to live up to those sentiments.

Today’s readings, especially the reading from the Book of Wisdom , speak to me in a very personal way.

As some of you are aware, 33 years and 5 months ago, a nightmarish tragedy struck my family with the sudden death of my sister at age 32. Anyone who has had to face the death of a loved one knows the unique pain that death brings to the survivors. Often that pain cannot be expressed, only felt, and cannot always be shared.

Welcome to summer!

Here are some simple ways to “practice” your faith during the slower months of summer:RememberToPray

  • Go outside, look at the clouds, trees, fields, oceans and remember that these are signs of God’s love for us;
  • Take a book from our lending library;
  • Practice gratitude by starting a gratitude journal, record three things each day;
  • Go to daily Mass;
  • Read sacred scripture;
  • Make sandwiches for the homeless;
  • Come to Mass early and spend a few extra minutes with God;
  • Call a friend or family member that you haven’t seen in a while;
  • Come work in the parish garden on a Monday evening;
  • Pray for someone you know or those struggling with poverty, mental illness or physical illness;
  • Read the blue or yellow mass guide (found at the entrances of the church) with your child;
  • Say hello to the people in your pew at Mass.


While on vacation, be sure to check out www.findaparish.com to help you locate Catholic Churches where you are vacationing.

Why would some Greeks approach Philip to ask to see Jesus? And what are they doing, worshipping at the Jewish feast of Passover?

Philip and Andrew are Greek names, not Jewish. Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee, a town with a Jewish name but just over the border in Gentile territory. Those Greeks may have been proselytes, people who have totally converted to Judaism or “God-fearers”, a step below. The question I have is: Did they ever get to meet Jesus? The text gives no indication that they did. Philip goes on a mission to consult with Andrew and together they go to tell Jesus about the visitors who, it seems, were standing there and waiting to hear whether Jesus would meet with them. Instead Jesus answers Philip and Andrew by saying what we just heard read in today’s Gospel. Nothing more is said about those Greeks. They are forgotten.

What informs each of the readings including the psalm response is conflict.

Today’s Gospel about the good shepherd is in part a response to the Pharisees who had just thrown out the man born blind who was cured by Jesus. The man tried to argue that Jesus could not be a sinner even though he healed on the Sabbath but one who was listened to by God; and, we know God doesn’t listen to sinners. What was the result? They were highly offended because he was trying to teach them. So they threw him out. Jesus compares them to hired men whose only concern for the flock was as a source of income. In contrast, Jesus is the good shepherd who knows the flock and lays down his life for them.

 How’s Easter going?The reason I ask is that for most of us, Easter is a single day celebration.  But for the Church, it’s a 50 day extended time of joy. That’s 10 more days than Lent! 25% more time to rejoice! Most of us set goals for Lent; Easter, not so much. It seems we are much better being penitent than rejoicing. I wonder why that is. In each of the prefaces of Easter, I proclaim that we are overwhelmed with Paschal joy. Is that true? Do feel overwhelmed with joy?

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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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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