St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

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

Please join in celebration as we support Dawn Herman, Michelle Lea and Jason Melquist as they continue their progression through the RCIA process. On Sunday, December 4, 2016 at the 8:30 AM mass we will celebrate the Rite Of Acceptance with them. This Rite concludes the initial phase of their “Journey Of Faith.” Dawn, Michelle and Jason will continue to pray, study and participate in regular discussion sessions as they work toward achieving full communion with the universal Catholic Church. The Rite of Acceptance marks a new beginning of enlightenment, prayer, study and welcome into the faith and into our parish. They will now be focusing on the Sacraments, Church History, and Catholic Life and Morality, always guided by the Scriptures. We will now explore with them the heart of Catholic doctrine and tradition. As fellow parishioners in faith, please accept your role by reaching out and welcoming our catechumen and candidates, their families and sponsors. Join together as we enter this new phase of inspiration, and prepare for the approaching Lenten season celebrating with our new sisters and brother in Christ Jesus’ name.

To all the parishioner families who have volunteered to assist in these discussion groups, “Thank you very much.” You are a blessing. Anyone, adult or teen, wishing to participate in any of the various discussion sessions with our candidates are more than welcome. This is a tremendous opportunity to fulfill your Confirmation vow and take up the staff of evangelization. Call or contact Jim Castellani at 860-295-9904 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. God bless you. Please continue to pray for Dawn, Michelle, Jason and all who are assisting them in the RCIA process.

Thank you.

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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