St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

On Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the 4:00PM vigil mass, we celebrate the Rite of Acceptance with "candidate" Jennifer Cavanna. Through the blessings given to her during this ceremony we join together to give thanks and to welcome Jennifer into the next phase of her "Journey of Faith."

Jennifer has participated in regular "Inquiry" sessions during which she has been introduced to basic Catholic spiritual truths, traditions, rituals and general knowledge of the Church. She now begings the "Catechumenate Phase" of "Period of Enlightenment" as she works towards achieving full communion with our universal Catholic Community.

"A Journey of Faith Begins”
“…the doors are opened wide for you to enter the Church”.

Let us all join together in welcoming Jennifer Cavanna into the RCIA process. We all share in the role of evangelizing our Catholic faith in our parish, our families and in the world. Regular sessions have begun. Please take the opportunity to greet Jennifer, husband David and daughters Jacquelyn and Rianna when you see them at mass or during parish activities. Her participation in the RCIA process is a blessing on all of us. Anyone interested in joining the RCIA process may contact Jim Castellani at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information.

God bless you and please pray for Jennifer and for all who are assisting her in the “Journey of Faith.”

What is the RCIA process?  Is it right for me?  I'm not Catholic, yet I'm really interested in joining the Catholic Church, but how do I get involved?  I was baptized as a Catholic, but fell away many years ago, how do I return to the Church?  These and countless other questions are on the minds of many people.  To help answer your questions, you are invited to attend an RCIA Q&A with Jim Castellani, the RCIA coordinator for St. John Fisher Church.  

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." John 3:16

Let us Rejoice and be glad! A "Journey of Faith" has reached the point of a new beginning. We join Archbishop Mansel, Fr. Audet, Fr. Mark, and Deacon John in welcoming Cindy Praisner and Kyle Scutnik into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Congratulations and God bless you! During the Easter Vigil serivices, Cindy and Kyle received the grace of God through the Sacrements of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation, having previously received the Sacrement of Penance. They now join us in as we walk and live together in the Body of Christ. They continue the "journey of the faith" and a new life in Christ Jesus.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thank you to the RCIA team of volunteer instructors, the Worship Choir, and the Faith Formation Bakers' Brigade. Special thanks to the candidates' sponsors, Cherly and John, and the families and friends who supported Cindy and Kyle throughout this journey. Finally, on behalf of the St. John Fisher parishoners at large, and all who have participated in RCIA, thank you, Cindy and Kyle, for allowing us the opportunity to fulfill our Confirmation vow, to build up the Church in Christ's name. With love and best wishes, God bless you.

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)?

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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.

DO YOU PLAN TO FAST THIS LENTEN SEASON?

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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