St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Welcome

30 Jones Hollow Road,
Marlborough, Connecticut 06447-1141

Pastor, Fr. Thomas J. Sas
(860) 295-0067

Deacon John W. McKaig
(860) 918-4084

Pastoral Assistant
Silvia Orama,(860) 295-0001

Director of Religious Education
Theresa Brysgel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Director of Music Ministry
Kathleen Filosa

Adult Faith Formation
Youth Ministry Confirmation
Jennifer O'Neill

Summer Mass Schedule

DAILY MASS

Mass will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30a.m. Appropriate social distancing, disinfecting and use of masks will be in place. The pews are marked for social distancing, with a maximum attendance of 44 parishioners. To help us keep the church clean between Tuesday and Thursday Masses in accordance with CDC guidelines, the church will no longer be open for individual prayer during the week.
SUNDAY ADORATION will continue from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Social distancing, use of masks and proper disinfecting will all occur.

 

Mass Schedule

Mass Attendance Registration

VIGIL MASS, SATURDAY AUGUST 8, 2020

SUNDAY MORNING MASS, AUGUST 9, 2020

A maximum of 44 people are allowed to gather at each Mass. Click on the Mass you'd like to attend to reserve a place. Please DO NOT register for both Masses. Only select the Mass you will be attending. No reservations will be accepted after the 44th space is reserved. 

Reservations will be accepted as of Thursday morning at 6:00 AM and will stop 1 hour before Mass begins.


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Mass ~ 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Parish Office Hours

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Office Hours: 

Monday & Tuesday: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am to 10:30am
Thursday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm

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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Update

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By now most of you have heard that the Archdiocese will be resuming weekend Masses starting July 4th and 5th. We are required to follow the Archdiocesan procedures and to respect the current limits set by Governor Ned Lamont on social distancing and disinfecting the church after each service.

To fulfill the mandates, the following will be implemented:

  • Weekend Masses will be celebrated on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Be aware of the Sunday time change. This provides time to clean the church properly.
  • The downstairs bathrooms will be unavailable. This makes cleaning easier. If someone absolutely has to use a restroom, the one upstairs will be open. Signs will point the way through the sacristy.
  • Only one door, the main front door, will available to enter the church. If someone has to use the side door for accessibility reasons, please send someone into church and ask that it be opened for you.
  • The church has been set up to ensure 6 feet social distancing at all times. In doing so, we have 44 seats available although families can sit together in one pew. This will require a reservation system on which we are presently working. Once it is finished, you will be notified. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT MASKS MUST BE WORN! Also, the congregation will NOT SING. It’s been shown that singing spreads the virus farther and wider even with the wearing of masks.

BOOK The Passion and the CrossWe are beginning a book club this summer with the first book being chosen by Father Sas: The Passion and the Cross, by Ronald Rolheiser. For those interested, we will meet on Tuesday, June 30  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Father asks that we read the introduction and Chapter 1 prior to our first meeting. We will meet outside at church; please bring your book and an outdoor chair. 

As we return to Ordinary Time in our liturgical calendar, these days still remain anything but "ordinary." We face continued uncertainty with the coronavirus pandemic, while at the same time coming to terms with a world deeply wounded by racial violence and inequality. The realities of our world are frightening, but we cannot ignore them. In this Sunday's gospel, Jesus calls for courage: "What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops" (Matthew 10:27). 

We are called to bear witness to and proclaim the transforming power of God's love to the world. We are called to speak out against injustice and advocate for those in need. Through the Gospel, we receive God's truth. In the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, "God’s love calls us to move beyond fear. We ask God for the courage to abandon ourselves unreservedly, so that we might be molded by God’s grace, even as we cannot see where that path may lead us."

Fr. Bryan N. Massingale, a theology professor at Fordham University, describes racism as a "soul sickness" that goes beyond political and social issues. He encourages us to confront our own assumptions, even when it feels uncomfortable. He writes, "This soul sickness can only be healed by deep prayer. Yes, we need social reforms. We need equal educational opportunities, changed police practices, equitable access to health care, an end to employment and housing discrimination. But only an invasion of divine love will shatter the small images of God that enable us to live undisturbed by the racism that benefits some and terrorizes so many."

Thank you for helping us show our support to our healthcare heroes at Marlborough Health and Rehabilitation Center. We have assisted them in purchasing 45 "Superhero" t-shirts for the staff. Our goal is to purchase another 85 so all 130 members of the staff will receive a t-shirt and will know how much we appreciate them. According to Mark Merritt's daily Marlborough Facebook post, 58 positive COVID cases (of the 85 cases in Marlborough) were within the nursing facility. This has truly hit the nursing home industry so very hard. Please consider showing how much we care by ordering a t-shirt (or 2 or more) for a staff member. You can do this by calling Carrey at Professional Promotions, 860-282-1991. The cost of a t-shirt is $10. Let her know how many you would like to purchase for the staff at MHRC. You can pay by credit card.

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, in honor of the real presence of the body of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is a feast where Jesus gives himself totally to us. We thank God for the gift of the Eucharist and the abiding presence of Jesus Christ. The Eucharist is our food and drink. It sustains us and nourishes us and calls us to a life with Christ.

Father Sas will be offering online Mass, Sunday, June 7, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Thank you to Gil Thompson and Nancy Aniolek for recording, Cathy Castellani for reading, and Kathleen Filosa, Carolyn Henderson, and Janice Reska for providing music. The Mass will be available on our parish website on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

St. John Fisher is offering Daily Mass every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Appropriate social distancing, disinfecting and use of masks will be in place. The pews are marked as to social distancing, with a maximum attendance of 44 parishioners available. We are looking for volunteers to serve as greeters and readers. Greeters will be asked to count the attendees and help ensure parishioners are wearing masks. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday Adoration continues from 4:00-4:45 p.m. Social distancing, use of masks and proper disinfecting will all occur.  

To follow up on Fr. Sas's words from last Saturday, you are encouraged to view these additional statements and articles on racism and our Catholic faith. We will continue to share resources each week as it is critical for our community to examine these difficult issues as we pray for and work towards a more just society.

2020 Spring GardenThe garden is now up and growing for it’s sixth season. Our small but mighty team of volunteers has been working hard to keep our safe distances while working . The garden was given a donation of new planters from the DeSanto family and so we have increased our growing power. Mike and Cathy each year have also secured a generous donation of hearty tomato and pepper plants from the Horton farm of South Glastonbury. Big thanks to them for their continued support of our community garden. Many of our other seedling starters come from donations through the Colchester Giving Garden,Provider Farm in Salem and a high school student volunteer in Colchester who has started many seedlings .

Next Tuesday, June 16th, is RHAM High School Graduation. Congratulations to RHAM Class of 2020 graduates and to all the other high school graduates in our community. What a glorious accomplishment and we look forward to seeing your wonderful mark on this world and where your new paths take you! 

BOOK The Passion and the CrossWe are beginning a book club this summer with the first book being chosen by Father Sas: The Passion and the Cross, by Ronald Rolheiser. For those interested, we will meet on Tuesday, June 30  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Father asks that we read the introduction and Chapter 1 prior to our first meeting. We will meet outside at church; please bring your book and an outdoor chair. 

 

2020 Rooted In Faith

The annual Catholic Social Justice conference is being offered free of charge, but virtually this year. The theme of Rooted In Faith, Opening Wide our Hearts is especially meaningful as our nation deals with issues of racism and inequality. This virtual conference references and learns from the U.S. Bishops Letter Against Racism. The next session is offered on July 8 at 7:00 p.m. with Chris Doucot, the founder of the Hartford Catholic Worker Community.  The conference features monthly speakers through April 2021. Please access this link to see the entire speaker line up and to register for the July offering. Registration is required to access the online presentation. 

Emergency Bible Numbers

Hands Pray 02
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

UPDATED ~ 7th Annual Golf Classic

2020 Golf Turnament

 

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A Journey of Faith Begins

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.”

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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Jungle Safari

JOIN US ON A JUNGLE
SAFARI ADVENTURE!

This years Vacation Bible Camp will look a little different! IT will be a blended camp with live, remote and virtual activities. But we would love it if your children jump aboard the Safari with us as we explore Nature and God!!!!

Monday July 27- Thursday July 30

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Downloads

1. Sponsor Certificate
2. New Parishoner Registration form

Online Giving

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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:

Kathleen D. Nowosadko
Victim Assistance Coordinator
860-541-6475
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Special Intention Mass Cards

Mass Card Blessings On This Special Occasion

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, Marriages & 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!

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Because 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 who is hospitalized.

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