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

Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. Thank you all for your support.

Palm Sunday Mass with distribution of previously blessed palms

Saturday, March 27th @ 4:00pm
Mass. Signup required.
Sunday, March 28th@ 9:30am Mass. Signup required.
Sunday, March 28th, 11:00 -11:30am. Drivethru distribution of palms (no service and signup not required) behind the church. Enter from the south entrance (as we did for the Graduation Celebrations and the Living Nativity) and exit from the north.

Holy Week

Poor nutrition can lead to devastating longterm consequences for individuals, communities and entire countries. That’s why communities must work together to ensure that all children have access to better food and nutrition. New planting and cooking techniques are helping many communities in Madagascar improve the health and wellbeing of their children. 
How does your community work together for the good of others? 
Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more

Anyone interested in supporting the Teen program 500 Acts in 5 hours,where our high school teens are being invited to complete 500 acts of service in five hours during April vacation.  Please contact Jen O'Neillat This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.  Thank you in advance for your support of our teens.  We would greatly appreciate:

Make a monetary donation —  Donations can be brought to the church and left in the mailbox by the office or dropped off at the office during business hours or at Mass.  Please make a note on the check if it is for this project;

Help secure small prizes for the teens participating ($5 gift cards,candy . . . );

Help secure donations such as individually wrapped snacks and drinks for the teens;

Help coordinate lunch; Help with set up or clean up;

Be a mentor.Keep us and our recipients in your prayers!

Calling all high school teens - put your heart and hands to good use!

Join 500 Acts in 5 Hours

Tired of Zoom! Want to do something real instead of virtual? Did Covid cancel your April Vacation Plans?

Tuesday, April 20th (Rain Date: Wednesday, April 21) Outside St. John Fisher

From 10:00AM-3:00PM

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Downlad a flyer, click HERE

eastcatholicThe Admissions Office is excited to announce that we will be offering an Outdoor Open House for Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students on Thursday, April 8 from 4-6 pm, weather permitting.  Please join us on campus to experience the East Catholic difference as families can walk freely amongst stations featuring academic departments as well as athletics and the fine arts.  Masks and social distancing are required.  More details to follow.

Help us decorate the town by making an inspiring Easter Egg.

Poster board eggs are available at church from Mrs. O'Neill.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate or come pick up an egg on Wednesday, March 17 from 3:00-5:30PM

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

PosterEggs

 


The Connecticut General Assembly is considering legalizing a form of suicide in our state, commonly referred to as “aid-in-dying” or “physician-assisted suicide.”  The legislation is House Bill 6425  “An Act Concerning Aid in Dying for Terminally Ill Patients.”

Modern hospice care and the proper use of pain medications render suicide unnecessary, and we need to be mindful of the threat that a suicide mentality poses to vulnerable people and to people with disabilities.

Catholic teaching condemns physician-assisted suicide because it, like murder, involves taking an innocent human life:
      Suicide is always morally objectionable as murder.  The Church's tradition has always rejected it as a gravely evil choice: To concur with the intention of another person to commit suicide and to help in carrying it out through so—called “assisted suicide” means to cooperate in, and at times to be the actual perpetrator of, an injustice that can never be excused, even if it is requested.  Saint Augustine writes that  “it is never licit to kill another: even if he should wish it. ”True “compassion” leads to sharing another's pain; it does not kill the person whose suffering we cannot bear.  (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, no. 66)

Take Action
We invite you to go to the website www.ctstopsuicide.org to read more on the issue and sign the petition to stop the legalization of assisted suicide in Connecticut.

The Grotto Gift Shop at the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, 53 Montfort Rd., Rte. 118, Litchfield, is now open on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 to 4:00. New stock is arriving daily including Lenten and Easter items and Baptismal, First Communion and Confirmation gifts. For further information, call 8605670891 or visit our website, www.shrinect.org.

"Chalk the Walk" (or parking lot) back by popular demand. Saturday, March 27thtime slots to be determined.

Operation Rice Bowl Rice Bowls and this year's reflections are available at church and on our parish website. Monetary contributions to the Rice Bowl should be dropped off at church at the end of Lent, in the form of bills or a check to St. John Fisher. One check will then be written to Catholic Relief Services representing our parish's contributions. Handouts are available in vestibule of church.

Family and Individuals Calendar of Activities and 40 Days of LoveThese are two resources to guide you through the 40 days of Lent and are accessible via our parish website and our Faith Formation website. Many of these activities can be done by individuals, families and/or shared with relatives remotely. Handouts are available in vestibule of church. 

Soul-nourishing Practices for Lent  Sadlier.com provides guidance on various ways to "fast" during Lent fasting from busyness, emotional exhaustion, negativity and verbal violence. These all seem like much needed releases in our world today and perfect for our Lenten journeys. For more information and details, please access our parish website.

Timor-Leste has the highest rate of child malnutrition in Asia, and many children suffer from stunting, which makes a big impact on a child’s growth and future. Home gardens and fish ponds are helping families provide better nutrition for their children. 
What do you eat to stay healthy?
What can you do to ensure children have enough food to thrive?
Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.

Where is Timor-Leste? CLICK HERE

The USCCB reminds us that we are invited to answer the Holy Fathers’s request to join with many people worldwide in praying this intention for March: 

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.

As we celebrate women during the month of March, take some time to learn about some of the incredible women in scripture.

Pray that we may all have; the faith of Mary, the courage of Ruth, the loyalty of Mary Magdalene, the devotion of Martha, the wisdom of Deborah and the Bravery of Ester. Take some time this week to delve into scripture and learn about these women and the others that are foundational to our faith.

2020 Poster Participants

“Keep Christ in Christmas”

Winners of the 2020 Poster Contest have been selected.

Age Group (5-7) – Delaney J.
Age Group (8-10) – Grace J.
A
ge Group (11-14) – Trevor H.

Knights of Columbus logoEach winner was presented with a Winners Certificate and a $50.00 prize check.  The winning posters have been submitted for continued judging by KofC District/Regional Level, then, hopefully, at the international competition. Delaney, Grace & Trevor, you each created exceptionally beautiful, insightful and inspiring entries.  Thank you! To all 11 entrants, “What amazing work!”  You have inspired us all to continue to recognize and emphasize the true meaning of CHRISTMAS, the birth of our Savior.  Thank you all for participating in this year’s Knights of Columbus Poster Contest

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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Download "How To Pray The Rosary"


 

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Send your prayer requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the parish office @ 295-0001.


Online Giving

OLG Logo 150UPDATE: 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.


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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