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 Emeritus John W. McKaig
   (860) 918-4084
Pastoral Assistant
   Holly Bangham,(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

 

Month of May is Foster Care Awareness Month, please hold in prayer those who work toward finding fosters families that provide a safe and loving environment for youth in need.

Mass Schedule

Mass Attendance Registration

REGISTRATION NO LONGER REQUIRED

Pentecost Vigil Mass, Saturday, May 22, 4:30PM
Pentecost Mass, Sunday, May 23, 8:30AM
Pentecost Mass, Sunday, May 23. 10:30AM

Recorded online Mass will continue through JUNE

 

Parish Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am to 1:30pm

New Parishioner Registration Form

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.

7th Sunday of Easter 400

Online Mass ~ 7th Sunday of Easter ~ May 16, 2021
Available as of Saturday, May 16, 4:00PM

BaptismWeek one – Welcome to the family. It is important for us to remember that God loves and cares for us. We are welcomed into God’s family as His adopted sons and daughters through baptism. This sacrament gives us the superpowers of the Holy Spirit, washes away the stain of original sin and most importantly invites to share in the salvation of our loving Father. Usually parents and godparents stand up and say yes we want this faith for this little person. They in turn commit publicly to help us to grow in discipleship and relationship with God. In return, God blesses us with many gifts and his unconditional love. That does not mean that we don’t need to ask for forgiveness when we stray, but it does mean that God’s love for us remains constant. GO to the parish website and see if you can answer a few questions about your baptism. Be sure to answer the fun questions on the website and bring proof that you did to mass the following week so you can enter into our parish drawing for prizes.

A "New" Lenten Adult Education Program at St. Andrew Church in Colchester.

You are invited to join us at St. Andrew Church on Wednesday, February 5th as we kick off our New Adult Education Program. The first of our series of programs to be offered is "FORGIVEN, The Transforming Power of Confession.

Congratulations to the following children who made their First Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday, February 1, 2020:  Ella Rose, Kaitlyn, Ty, Tenley, Carley, Annabella, Josslyn, Juliette, Sophie, Delaney, Oliver, and Jack.

A big thank you to their amazing Faith Formation catechists, Holly and Colleen, who have worked so hard to prepare these children.  Also, a thank you to all of the Confirmation Students and National Honor Society Volunteers, who did a fantastic job hosting the celebration following the sacrament: Christina, Anthony, Cameron, Abigail, Mekayla, Hayley and Margherita.

Middlesex Health LogoNeeded at MIDDLESEX HEALTH to work in homecare and nursing home settings.  Hospice volunteers are an integral part of the Middlesex Health team, and they work with patients and families as they cope with the challenges of terminal illness.  Aspiring volunteers must submit a volunteer application and complete 12 hours of training and a 12-hour mentorship before they can begin their work.  For more information, contact Diane Santostefano, Middlesex Health Hospice's volunteer coordinator at 860.358.6955

Sr Mary Grace WalshOn behalf of our Catholic secondary school students, the Provost for Education, Evangelization, and Catechesis, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh ASCJ, Ph.D. would like to express sincere thanks to all those who participated in the 2020 High School Collection. We deeply appreciate your support of Catholic high schools as they pursue their mission of education and evangelization.

2020 Chopped

Though God welcomes you in open arms, our judges may not be as accepting!
We are cooking up a good time with a Chopped Challenge


February 1st downstairs after 4 o’clock mass till 7 PM


All high school teens are welcome… that is, if you think you can make the cut!
Sign up required with a $5.00 registration to help cover the cost of supplies.

Click here to download the flyer

2020 poster Christian Unityen2The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years, in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity.  By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one."  (cf. John 17:21)

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Blue Christmas TreeMy sincere thanks to all those individuals who helped make our Christmas Liturgies such holy and meaningful experiences for the parish: The Worship Choir, Children’s Christmas Choir, Musicians, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, and Greeters. Your participation reflected many blessings and gifts from God, and I thank you for sharing those gifts with your parish family. Thank you also to the Decorating Committee for their beautiful work this season and to the Men’s Prayer Group for putting up our outside decorations. Lastly, many thanks to all the ministries and parishioners who worked so hard on our Advent programs and activities. We enjoyed a wonderful Advent season together as a parish family!

With gratitude, Father Sas

All it takes is a commitment of one week, on a rotating basis, to have your name and phone number published in our bulletin as one of two contact people to receive special prayer requests. Then, you notify the other members of the prayer line (by e-mail) of the special prayer request. It’s easy, extremely satisfying, and it does so much good! Please contact the Parish Office to add your name to this very important and rewarding ministry.

HolySpiritThis is perhaps a gift we have all become more in-tuned with as we have watch spring erupt around us. We notice the subtle changes in our yards, our parks and our days. The brilliance of the sun setting over the silhouette of trees or the emerging of buds opening up after winter. God’s glory and majesty is constantly on display for us, yet we often miss the power of this gift, His expression of love. By opening ourselves up to recognizing God’s gifts and power, we automatically create an opportunity deepen our faith. If we allow ourselves, we can be wowed by the power of God. How do we acknowledge this gift? The same God that lovingly created the universe waits to hear from you. Look around. This is all a gift and we are constantly being called in to communion with God be it with through nature, creatures or each other. God’s glory reminds us of our utter dependence upon Him

As we move toward Pentecost this week, let us hold close the fact that we are filled with the Holy Spirit and thereby graced with the gifts of wisdom, understanding, courage, knowledge, right judgment, reverence and wonder and awe. As a result of being fortified with these power gifts, our actions should ultimately reflect the fruits of the Holy Spirit charity joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity.

Father Thomas Richstatter beautifully wrote in his article Confirmation: Sacrament of the Spirit, of how Jesus is the perfect manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. “Through the Gospels we see how these seven gifts form Jesus’ personality. They are characteristic of his activity. Consider the wisdom expressed in his parables; his understanding of the poor and the sick; his right judgment when tested by the Pharisees; his courage to continue the journey to Jerusalem where he surmised what fate awaited him; his knowledge of God’s will; his reverence for is heavenly Father, his awe before the wonders of creation – the lilies of the valley, the birds of the air….The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are the manifestation of the Divine Power active in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.”

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HolySpiritThe gift of reverence helps us more fully develop a relationship with God.  This is the fire inside that draws us to joyfully serve and obey His will.  Through reverence, this desire comes not from a place of obligation, but from deep place of love, honor and dependence on a merciful and gracious God.   It draws us into a deeper building a more personal loving relationship with a total reliance God. Reverence allows us a window into the presence of God by not only seeing Him in liturgy, scripture and prayer but also seeing Him in others.  By honoring and loving one another, we honor and love God. Our hearts are opened and we recognize that the kingdom of God in the here and now depends upon building right relationships with one another. These relationships attempt to mirror the loving relationship God has with us.  Do we fall short?  Certainly, but reverence gives us the superpower to try again and again to honor God through our actions.  Reverence helps us to live out the charge given by Jesus when he told the apostles “I give you a new commandment:  love one another.   As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 (NABRE)

Prayer for the Guidance of the Holy Spirit

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in Your name.
Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength
to know Your will,
to make it our own,
and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by Your wisdom,
support us by Your power,
for You are God,
sharing the glory of Father and Son.
You desire justice for all:
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favor.
Unite us to Yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.
As we gather in Your name
may we temper justice with love,
so that all our decisions
may be pleasing to You,
and earn the reward
promised to good and faithful servants.
You live and reign with the Father and the Son, one God, forever and ever. Amen.  

-Second Vatican Council

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HolySpiritKnowledge is the gift of the Holy Spirit that helps us to determine the purpose of our lives and to take action to live out our God-given mission.  Working in conjunction with wisdom and understanding, knowledge allows us to gain information in order to understand God and contemplate the mysteries of our faith.  We gain clarity or focus to more fully enter into a meaningful relationship with our God and live our call to discipleship.  It is more than an accumulation of facts, historical data and rituals, knowledge makes the journey into faith a journey of the heart and not just the head.  Psalm 119:11 reminds us that it is the heart not the head that is our guidepost. “in my heart I seek you; do not let me stay from your commandments.” We can more clearly discern our path, our gifts, our challenges, our faith and act accordingly.  Knowledge, working in conjunction with the other gifts, fortifies  us on  the journey toward sainthood.

How have I used knowledge to see where God is working through me?

What is the mission God has charged me with?

Find your stone and add knowledge to your gift basket.

St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breath in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.

Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too may be holy.

Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.

Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.

Guard me, then O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.

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HolySpiritThe fourth gift of the Holy Spirit is courage or fortitude.  Courage is the necessary element that allows us to find the strength to utilize our wisdom, understanding and right judgment.  Courage provides us with the ability to stand up for our faith, defend our beliefs and put our faith into action.  We can endure ridicule, suffering and pain, when armed with the gift of courage.  The strength found through this gift is essential as it arms us with the necessary tools to stand firm despite the obstacle.  Through courage we are able to act with compassion and care on behalf of the marginalized, forgotten or discarded.    Courage gives us the confidence to go and boldly live the life of a disciple.

“Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom, and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence the spirit of holy fear in God’ presence.  Guard what you have received.  God the Father has marked you with His sign; Christ the Lord ha confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your hearts. (St. Ambrose, de mysteries)

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ColorCrossGlobal Life Night with Life Teen
Sunday Evenings at 5:00 p.m.
Streaming on YouTube

Calling all Teens -  Life Teen's Global Life Night is on YouTube on Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m.  These events are being produced for just for you.  Join young people from across the country as we try to stay connect and grow our faith.   The events are free and then  every Monday afternoon on the Youth Ministry Page, there will be a follow-up activity posted based on the Global Life Night from the night before.  The next meeting will be on Sunday, May 3, 2020. https://youtu.be/aAT9dmWHV8U

Scholarship ~ St. John Fisher Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus logoThe St. John Fisher Knights of Columbus will honor two worthy graduating high school seniors with a scholarship of $500 each in recognition of service to our community and practice of their Catholic faith in daily life. Applications will be taken through May 31st 2021 and the scholarship will be awarded in May.

Eligibility, instructions and the application form are available HERE

Any questions can be addressed to the following e-mail address:: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

A Journey of Faith Begins

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

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.


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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YouTube Links

500 Acts of Kindness in 5 Hours
2021 Confirmation 04/18/21

Choir-Allelulia, Love is Alive
Choir-Allelulia, Alleluia
Choir-Sanctuary with God's Holy Temple
Choir-Jesus Christ is Risen Today

From Mass

You Are The Light
The Jesus Song
Stand By Me
10,000 Reasons
Tend The Ground
Miracle of Grace
Abba, Father
Ave Maria Litany
Lord, I Need You

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
Unhappy? Colossians 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

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Pray The Holy Rosary ~ Mondays ~ 8:30AM
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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 A Healing Prayer

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 offered for a special intention, such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries, dealing with illiness, requests for healing, or any special needs. Please feel free to e-mail, call, or stop by the Parish Office with your request.


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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