St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Epiphany 2018

Are you feeling SAD? It is a mood swing a bit like depression that comes upon some people on a regular basis, usually from late autumn through the winter months and begins to go away at the approach of spring and summer, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Christmas 2017

Luke’s story of Jesus’ birth is so well known that even youngsters can remember its details. It includes a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of a census, no room at an inn, a stable, a manager, swaddling clothes, angels’ song, shepherds, and, of course the baby Jesus, Mary, his mother, and Joseph, his legal father.

Isaiah talks of the anointed one sent by God to bring glad tidings to the poor. John was sent from God (not “by” – a whole other homily) to testify to the light coming into the world. People from Jerusalem sent priests, Levites, and Pharisees to find out who is this man wearing strange clothes and eating an even stranger diet but nonetheless attracting “people of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem”[1].

The 3rd definition of “preparation” in the American Dictionary of the English Language1 reads: “a preliminary measure that serves to make ready for something”.

In the center of Marlborough we’ve seen preliminary site work for a Big Y Supermarket and Pharmacy. Former buildings have been torn down. There’s been excavating done, fill trucked in, leveling and compacting of that fill, and pipes are ready to be placed in the ground for drainage. It has taken some time, years in fact; and we are impatient its completion. We hope that the day will arrive when we can have a full service grocery store in town. It’s coming!

The Season of Advent has one foot in the past and one in the future. We are getting ready for the celebration of Christmas once again with joyful anticipation. We are also preparing for the return in glory of Jesus, maybe with somewhat lesser anticipation and perhaps a little trepidation.

Initially I was going to talk about how we are tenants in vineyard of the Lord and how Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si , on Care for Our Common Home, that the vineyard, our earth, is crying out to us, and I quote, “because of the harm we have inflicted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her” (LS #2). He goes on to say: “We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life” (#2) “by our presuming to take the place of God and refusing to acknowledge our creaturely limitations” (#66).

Helping Hands T ShirtSt. John Fisher T-Shirt Sale to raise funds for our Helping Hands project.  The t-shirts can be ordered on-line and will be shipped directly to you (for an additional charge) or will be shipped in bulk to the church and then distributed after masses.  The shirts were designed by senior Ellie Packer and all the profits will go to help fund the CRS global food packaging event to be held in the spring of 2019 to benefit the people of the Burkina Faso.  

https://www.customink.com/fundraising/st-john-fisher-helping-hands

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