St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

How do you know that this person is the person you should marry? How do you know that this college will be a good fit for you? How do you know that this is what you must do with your working career to be fulfilled while making a living? How do you know with certainty about anything?

In these instances and many others in our lives, "we walk by faith and not by sight." We take a "leap of faith" with no guarantees.

As far as faith in our spiritual life, we believe not in a set of doctrines, dogmas, and suppositions, but in a person. It's not so much "I believe in." as "I have faith in you: Jesus Christ and the Father and the Holy Spirit." That's why we have to get to know God rather than things about God, to experience God, to sense God's presence around us.

That is what Jesus means by the Kingdom of God. He wasn't talking about some future event after death but a living experience of the reality of God in our lives right now, to let that awareness grow little by little, almost imperceptive, until we can be at rest for awhile, confident that there is always something more something deeper and happier, eventually leading to the full experience of God: eternal life.

-Fr. Sas, June 14 Homily
The 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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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