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

carrotsThe St. John Fisher Community Garden recently wrapped up the 2020 growing season. Over 420 lbs. of fresh produce was donated to the Marlborough Food Bank. Our small but mighty garden impacted those in need right here in our community with fresh produce weekly from late May to late October.A BIG thank you to our faithful volunteers and weekly waterers in making this possible.

Please consider joining in the garden ministry in the spring of 2021 where you can make a difference in your town helping those in need.No gardening experience is necessary,just enthusiasm to help others.

 
 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

I am pleased to announce that Growing in Faith, Giving in Love will serve as the theme and inspiration for the 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

The Annual Appeal once again challenges our charity as a united family of faith, and makes it possible for us to share what we have with those in need and to sustain the life of our local church.  We are all part of God’s family and we have a responsibility to care for one another, especially by providing for the spiritual, moral and material well-being of each and all.  The 2020 Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, Growing in Faith, Giving in Love, presents us with a unique opportunity to combine all of our individual gifts in order to accomplish even more together as an archdiocese.

The first weekend of Advent will begin the Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 29. This year we will be following Cycle B, which is the Gospel of Mark. Unlike the Gospels of Matthew and Luke there is no infancy narrative in Marks Gospel, but instead begins with the baptism of Jesus by John. It is important to note however that while the gospel does not begin with the birth of Jesus, it does proclaim the good news Jesus is to bring, something meant not only to challenge us but also to give us both comfort and peace. We will be offering a scripture reflection which can be found on the Faith formation website, http://stjffaithormation.org under the adult pull down menu. We will include Weekly reflection questions to ponder, prayers, and action points. In addition, we will have suggested activities and readings on our family formation page also located on our faith formation page. This can be accessed through a link on the Parish website.If you would like to share your family completing one of the suggested activities feel free to send pictures to our parish Facebook account or to our parish email and we will develop a picture collage.

The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield's Annual Living Nativity will take place in the Grotto on Sunday,December 6ᵗʰ at 2:00 and 3:00. Young people from the area willrecreate the scene at the stable of Bethlehem with songs andreadings, and with the help of animals from area farms. Masksand social distancing will be required. Spaces are limited. Toreserve a place for either presentation, follow this link:https://tinyurl.com/LourdesLivingNativity.

In this year where our lives, our routines and much that brought us comfort have been turned upside down, we are called to deeply think and reflect on all we are grateful for and all those who have so positively impacted our lives. 2020 has brought a great deal of challenge, at a personal level in our families, in our communities, our nation and our world – we are asked to fine tune our vision and recognize the positive that rises from the challenges and to gratefully and faithfully offer our thanks.  At St. John Fisher we are particularly grateful for the following:

Per the USDA, RHAM schools are able to offer meals, free of charge to any child under the age of 19. You must preorder by each Thursday to receive meals for the following week. Pickup days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday (with the exception of holidays) from 9:3010:30 am at the RHAM Middle School main entrance. To preorder contact Kate at (860) 228-9474 ext. 3710 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Breaking Bread 2021To help with your in-person and virtual celebration of Mass, we are distributing the new missalettes for your own personal use. For those attending weekend and daily Mass, please bring your personal copy with you and then bring it home again. You may pick up your personal copy in our church vestibule beginning the weekend of November 21st and 22nd and after that, during weekly church office hours Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. For Thanksgiving week, our church office is open Monday - Wednesday. For those interested in having a missalette delivered to your home, please call our church office and provide your name, address and contact phone number.

Given the timing of the Thanksgiving holiday and our monthly date to collect and distribute sandwiches, there will be no sandwich collection for St. Vincent dePaul this month. Our many thanks to all those who faithfully make and provide sandwiches for monthly delivery.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) website offers video reflections each day on the Gospel readings. This week our own Deacon Miller from the Archdiocese of  Hartford offered one of the reflections. The short reflections remind us that our faith foundation is rooted in sacred scripture. To find the readings and reflections go to USCCB.org

CCHDNext week’s Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) needs your support. With the tradition of improving education, housing situations, and economic development, CCHD continues to make a positive impact in communities locally and nationwide.More than 46 million people in the United States live in poverty today.  This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address obstacles as they work to make permanent and positive changes for their communities.  Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection

DinnerOnce again, through your generous participation, we will be providing Thanksgiving meals for those in need. Bags with a list of items will be in the vestibule beginning Nov. 2 and can be picked up during weekday or weekend Masses.
Filled bags can be brought to the church during weekday or weekend Masses. Please have bags back by Nov. 22 at the latest. If more convenient, bags can be dropped off directly at the Food Bank on Tuesdays between 9:00 am to noon and 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Items needed are
2 cans of veggies
1 can of cranberry sauce
1 Box or bag of stuffing mix
1 box or bag of cornbread mix
5 lb bag of potatoes
1 bag of fresh carrots.

SheriDursinBookLooking for a special Christmas gift for that person that is hard to buy for?  Need something positive to give you a life?  Look no further than Sheri Dursin’s collection of blog posts entitled Hearing God WhisperDiscovering the Sacred in Ordinary Moments, a beautiful collection of reflections and observations from one of our own!  As a retreat director and blogger, Sheri has shared her faith journey with many of us and it is a journey worth sharing. 

"During the early months of the pandemic shutdown, I found myself at loose ends and looking for things to keep me busy. A good friend suggested the perfect project – compiling my blog posts from the past six years into a book! And so after months of gathering and editing, I’m so pleased to debut my newly published book: Hearing God’s Whisper: Discovering the Sacred in Ordinary Moments."

https://hearinggodswhisper.com/2020/09/28/hearing-gods-whisper-the-book/

Given the craziness of our world, it is easy to forget to see the gift’s God has placed in our path. God has blessed us with gifts too numerous to count. As we begin to approach the holiday season, take this month to thank God every day for all the blessings.

Go to the family formation section on our Faith Formation website (https://stjffaithformation.org) for some suggestions on how you and your family can focus on giving thanks to God this holiday season.

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.”
Psalms 106:1

eastcatholicWe are excited to offer another Virtual Parent Informaion Session on December 3rd at 5:30 pm. To preregister for the session, please go to: echs.com/Visit_ECHS. The month of November will bring you the Department Highlights Series. Please inquire at: https://www.echs.com/Admissions-Process and you will receive the information about the admissions process, as well as invitations to our ZOOM sessions.

HolyFamilyThumbWednesday, November 11 Being Made New: An Evening of Reflection for Young Adults with Valerie Kisselback from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We may want to shut out the world and wait until everything “returns to normal,” but if we take the time to pay attention, there are precious gifts to receive and lessons to learn through this messy and uncomfortable pandemic experience. This evening of reflection will examine images of creation and offer suggestions for praying from a place of disorientation. This program is online offered via Zoom. Visit www.holyfamilyretreat.org calendar for more info and to register.

candyThe Confirmation class will be collecting leftover Halloween candy. All candy may be left in the baskets at the church entrances for one final week.

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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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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