St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

RLGN079The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process for initiation into the Catholic Church for those people (adults and children) who have not been baptized, have been baptized in a different Christian tradition, or who have been baptized Catholic and have not received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.

  • Are you an unbaptized person?
  • Are you a baptized person of another faith denomination?
  • Are you interested in learning about the Catholic Church?
  • Are you a baptized Catholic wanting to complete your initiation sacraments (Holy Eucharist & Confirmation)?

RCIA is a process.  RCIA is a process of loving, learning and initiation in which conversion of the heart brings one to Jesus Christ whom God has sent for the salvation of all.

RCIA’s success depends on US ALL!  RCIA’s success depends on the total involvement and support ofevery parishioner of the St. John Fisher Community.  Please know the candidates and welcome them into our parish in communion in faith.

RCIA is Christian tradition.  RCIA has its roots in the earliest evangelization of the Church by the Apostles, nearly 2000 years ago.  When we celebrate Pentecost, we rejoice in Jesus’ call to all of us to preach the “Good News” to all men and women.

“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?’  They said to him, ‘Rabbi, where are you staying?’  He said to them, “Come and you will see.”  John 1:38-39

The RCIA process of initiation is suited to a spiritual Journey of Faith for adults and consists of four continuous periods.

1.  Pre-Catechumenate, A Period of Inquiry

The period of “Evangelization and learning the basic precepts of the Catholic Church.“

2.  Period of Catechumenate

Begins with the Rite of Acceptance.  This is the period of formal weekly study and each candidate’s public expression of their intention to respond to God’s calling within the Catholic faith.  Concludes with the Rite of Election in celebration with the Archbishop, traditionally held on the First Sunday of Lent.

3.  Period of Purification and Enlightenment

Typically, coincides with the Lenten season and preparation for Easter.  Concludes with the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confirmation).  The sacraments are celebrated on Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday), marking the end to formal study.

4.  Period of Mystagogy

The period between Easter and Pentecost when newly initiated “neophytes” are given the special opportunity to reflect on the commitment they made to the Lord, to the Church, and to the local parish community.  This time of unfolding the meaning of the initiation sacraments is called “Mystagogy”.  Special emphasis is placed on the meaning of the resurrection and of baptism, which have special meaning for all new Catholics.

To find out more about the program, please contact Jim Castellani at (860) 295-9904 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

LENT: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals.
ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.


When pondering what to give up this year, consider Pope Francis’ suggestions to observe this Lent:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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