St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Carol told Doug. Doug called Frano. Frano passed the word to Pete and Joleen. They told Alicia. And so it went. No, they weren't sharing the latest gossip. They were members of our parish prayer chain, passing along information of the latest request for prayer.
They are successors of a long line of links in the prayer chain. It started with Jesus, praying for the ones the Father had given him. And, after the Lord's ascension, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James , son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas, son of James, and some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.devoted themselves with one accord to prayer.

Before they could go forth in mission, they knew they needed wisdom, fortitude, knowledge, courage, and the other gifts and fruits of the Spirit if they were going to be successful.
For how long did they pray? For nine whole days...a novena.
That's so unlike us in our culture today. We think if we wait any length of time, our efforts are wasted. "Strike while the iron is hot" is our mantra. "He who hesitates is lost," we say. And often we go off half-cocked and shoot ourselves in the foot, and we have to start all over if we can salvage anything.
Prayer is NOT wasting time. It is not turning in on ourselves or withdrawing from the ups and downs of life. By praying we turn towards God and through him to each other. Prayer becomes hope in action, as Pope Benedict XVI once said.
Prayer is more than mouthing words. It also involves silent listening to God's stirring in our souls. Do you leave space to hear God's whisper? Or is your life filled with constant noise from the moment you wake up to going to sleep listening to the radio? Can you go anywhere without an iPod or a cell phone? Are you afraid of silence, to be alone with just your thoughts and feelings?
Prayer is necessary to be a follower of God, to persevere in the mission to be a life-giving spirit to the world.
Are you a strong or weak link in the chain of prayer?


Faith Formation Registration ~ 2018-2019

Faith Formation Classes, Grades 1-9 ~ Please register before May 31 (to avoid a late fee)

Registration forms are available HERE or at both of the church entrances.

Please place your completed forms in an envelope marked Faith Formation. Envelopes may be placed in the offertory basket, brought to the church office, or mailed.

Please email Theresa Brysgel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.


Your child will go back in time to the Wild, Wild West for a Wild Western Adventure Romp! They will enter a world of outlaws, cowboys, frontier games and even some wild animals. I hope many of the children join us on this spectacular adventure right here at St John Fisher Church! This will be an opportunity for kids to explore not only the thrilling Wild West, but also a way to discover a living spiritual relationship with Jesus and learn more about some Bible “outlaws” who chose to follow God and do what’s right. There will be Western themed games, crafts, activities, music and snacks It will be a week of ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” FUN !!!!

Date: August 6-9 Time: 9:00-noon  Where: St. John Fisher Church Hall

This camp is open to children entering grades 1-6  Cost is $25 per child


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