St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Reflect for a moment or two on what were the three best or most exciting things that happened to you in the past ten days.
Did anyone's list include the reception of the Eucharist?
Talking for myself, while I appreciate our coming together to worship and receive this marvelous mystery, the very presence of Jesus entering my very life, feeding me body and soul, I seldom rank it up there with other events in my daily life. We most often take this miracle of miracles for granted.
By receiving Jesus in the Eucharist, Jesus enters into every part of who we are. He nourishes and sustains us not only in our individual selves, but also that we might be the Body of Christ to one another and to the world. His command to 11Do this in memory of me" is expanded beyond the scope of this prayer time together. The 11this" he speaks of is the entire action of his life on earth: healing the sick, caring for the poor, welcoming the stranger, providing comfort to the ill, the sorrowful, the hurting, the neglected of the world.
On this feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, may we pause a moment to remember with gratitudeone of the best things to happen to us in the course of our week.

-Fr. Sas, June 7 Homily
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

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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