St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Mass Schedule

Saturday, 4:00 PM

Sunday, 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

Weekday Mass
Monday thru Thursday at 8:30 AM

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday, 3:00 PM or by appointment

If a member of the family for whom the Mass is being offered would like to present the gifts, please notify Fr. Sas before Mass

SNOW CANCELLATIONS FOR DAILY MASS:
When Marlborough Public School is cancelled or delayed due to inclement weather, there will be no morning Mass that day.

Lenten Opportunities

3 Crosses

Lenten Confessions
Mondays from 6-7 pm

Stations of the Cross
Fridays at 6:30 pm

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Sundays from 4:00-4:45 pm

Quest Lenten Small Group Reflection
with Father Sas ~ Tuesdays 9:00-10:00am ~ In the Chapel

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Parish Office Hours

Office Hours: 

Mon.-Thurs. 9:00 am-1:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: The church doors are locked when the Parish Office is closed. Please be sure to make arrangements during office hours for access to the church.

For Sponsor Certificates, Baptism or Marriage, Click Download Sponsor Certificates or call 860-295-0001.

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Great care has gone into the choice of readings during the Sundays of Lent. The Old Testament readings present some aspect of Israel's salvation history as it prepared for and prefigured the Christ event. The 2nd readings, drawn from the early Church's letters, focus on the way believers make the gift of salvation their own, especially through baptism. The Gospels of Lent center on Jesus and the moments of his ministry that led to the ultimate gift of himself on the cross and the victory of resurrection. Today's readings center on the themes of water, covenant and baptism.

In the hazy, pre-written history of the peoples of the ancient Near East, there was a collective memory of a great disaster that revolved around water. The author of Genesis couldn't ignore this memory, already explained in other cultures' myths and accounts of their gods. This memory also had to be reconciled with his belief that the God of Israel is good and is not capricious. And so we find the Noah account in which God destroys almost all of creation with a flood because of God's disgust with the sinfulness of humanity and what they were doing to the rest of creation. But God also begins a new creation, another try, through a covenant with Noah and his children and with all living things. What is being celebrated is the recognition that God is the lord of all creation. While God preserves creation, man has a tendency to corrupt it and unleash destabilizing forces. Watch a nature series on TV and see how often problems for other living creatures and plant life begin by human interference or attempts to control rather than respect nature.

A rainbow become the sign of this covenant. Now there is a difference between contracts and covenants. Contracts are legally binding agreements between parties that clearly define a quid pro quo; that is, you do something for me and I, in turn, do something for you. But, a covenant is something different; it's more about a relationship that about goods, services or obligation. It basically says that I'm here, no matter what.
 
We enter into the covenant relationship with God through baptism where water saves not destroys. The Lenten season has its roots in Baptism. Lent was a time of preparation for baptism at Easter by those wishing to become members of the faith. Those already baptized joined with them in prayer and fasting as a sign of communion and as a means of preparing to renew their own baptismal promises at Easter.
 
Jesus went to the desert, a waterless place, where he faced evil and overcame it to be a source of encouragement for us as we enter the wilderness of Lent to prepare to renew our baptismal promises. The desert is also a place where one comes back to the basics of life. That is also the purpose of Lent for us. It is a time to focus attention on what is really important in our lives. We do so through our "giving up" the extras we sometimes think we can't do without. Lent is a time to discover that there is a difference between what we need and what we want.

-Fr Sas, February 22 Homily
The 1st Sunday of Lent

Emergency Bible Numbers

 

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Upset? John 14
Weak? Psalm 18:1-29
Lonely? Psalm 23
Sinned? Psalm 51
Worried? Matthew 8:19-31
Anxious? Phillippians 4:4-9 4:4-9
Unhappy? Colossians 3:12-17 3:12-17
In Danger? Psalm 91
Depressed? Psalm 27
Lack of Faith? Exodus 14
Others Unkind? John 15
Need Courage? Joshua 1
Need Direction? Psalm 73:21-26
Seeking Peace?     Matthew 11:25-30

Monthly Food Drive

Please mark your calendars: Our monthly Food Drive is the 2nd full weekend of every month.

Suggested Donations:  Baking goods such as cake mix, brownie mix, pancake mix, frosting, bread mix, etc.   Please ensure that the "Best By" dates have not been exceeded as the Food

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RCIAsmall“…the doors are opened wide for you to enter the Church”.

Let us all join together in welcoming Kelly Granatek into the RCIA process. We all share in the role of evangelizing our Catholic faith in our parish, our families and in the world. Regular sessions have begun. Please take the opportunity to greet Kelly, husband Jason and son, Daniel when you see them at mass or during parish activities. Her participation in the RCIA process is a blessing on all of us.

Anyone interested in joining the RCIA process may contact Jim Castellani (860-295-9904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), for more information. God bless you. Please pray for Kelly and for all who are assisting her in her “Journey of Faith.”

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Faith Formation 2016-2017 Registration Form

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Click Here to download the 2016-2017 Registration form

For more information contact Kelly Henderschedt at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Online Giving

UPDATE: Our Online Giving system now is also an App for Apple and Android products! You can download it for free in the App Store, Google Play Store or go to OLGapp.com. If you are new to Online Giving, register by entering our church ID of 1239.
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How To Report An Incident Of Sexual Abuse To The Archdiocese Of Hartford

Archdiocese of Hartford                              
Office of Safe Environment
467 Bloomfield Ave.
Bloomfield, CT 06002

If you have knowledge or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult (an adult with an intellectual disability) has been sexually abused, in any manner, by personnel of the Archdiocese of Hartford, you are urged to report this information to:

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Downloads

1. Sponsor Certificate
2. Faith Formation Registration form
3. New Parishoner Registration form

Special Intention Mass Cards

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Please remember to schedule Masses you would like intended for deceased loved ones, for specific times, as soon as possible. Mass cards are also available for Masses that are not for the deceased - they are for Masses that will be

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Sponsor Certificates, Mariages & Baptisms

Sponsor Certificates: A sponsor certificate for Baptism or Confirmation will be provided to current, active parishioners who have been registered with St. John Fisher for a minimum of six months. A Form may be downloaded (click here) or picked up at the parish office, and all applicants must meet with Father to have form signed and sealed after Mass or by appointment.

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The Hospital Doesn't Tell Us You're There!

hospital-signBecause of HIPAA regulations, pastors and deacons are not given access to information about parishioners who are in the hospital. Please be sure to contact the parish office if you would like Father Sas, Deacon John, or a Eucharistic Minister to visit you or a loved one

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