St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Christmas

Many, many years ago Art Linkletter (you have to be of a certain age to remember him) had a TV show which gave birth to a book called, Kids Say the Darndest Things. And they do. One grandfather told me of his grandson’s coming to church with his mother and asking where Jesus was. She was patiently explaining about Jesus’ presence in the tabernacle when the child exclaimed’ “There he is,” pointing to the crucifix suspended over the altar, “on the trapeze”. Bil Keane, author of The Family Circus, one time drew a cartoon in which one of the children, I believe it was Billy, was pointing to a picture of Jesus in the manger and saying: “Look at this one, Mommy! Baby Jesus/ in a nest!”

1st Sunday of Advent, A16

The craziness of Black Friday (which has been going for at least three weeks with pre-Black Friday sales) and tomorrow’s Cyber Monday, the endless catalogues and inserts in our daily paper, and the non-stop advertising on TV, radio, and billboards, all pound into our consciousness what the commercial Christmas should look like. But rather than waiting for a deluge of gifts delivered by Santa Claus or relatives, what Christian believers are waiting for and anticipating is something very different.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 2016

I have to congratulate the Chicago Cubs fans for finally breaking the curse of the goat and all the failures in the World Series since 1908. Of course they had to have some help of former Red Sox players: Jon Lester and David Ross; and most importantly Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.

When I was Director of the Office of Ministry Enrichment, I attended a 4 day conference at which Cardinal McCarrick, retired Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., preaching  at one of the Masses said: “God takes care of us. Our call is to take care of each other.” Today’s parable and the reading from Amos are perfect illustrations of that charge.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 16

It’s no accident that Luke includes two of Jesus’ parables on squandering resources back to back: the prodigal son and the dishonest steward. In one case the son came to his senses and returned to his father, thinking about how even the servants had enough to eat while he was starving. In the other, the steward devised a plan by which he would be welcomed by others to their homes and be able to be fed.

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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