St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

It must be in our DNA.  We like our heroes and superheroes to be loners or almost loners: for example, the Lone Ranger, Superman and his ice castle, Batman and his bat cave, almost all Clint Eastwood movies whether the westerns with the man with no name or the “Dirty Harry” movies (“Are you feeling lucky, punk”). Maybe it’s because of their independence or having no ties which frees them to do anything and anywhere with no one to whom they have to answer.

But that is a make believe world of fantasy. In the real world in which we live, we are responsible to and for one another.

In terms of faith, this is especially true. The saga of the Jewish nation in the Hebrew Scriptures is based on community, living as God’s people in a Covenant with God and each other. And it continues in the Christian Scriptures as we just heard Jesus’ command to love one another as the sign of being his disciple.

Further, it is evident in the Acts of the Apostles. Paul and Barnabas did not make converts as individuals but to live in a community of fellow believers, appointing elders who would oversee in each church. They were sent forth as missionaries from a community; and, they returned to that community to report to them “what God had done with them”.

We are gathered here in this faith community called St. John Fisher Church in Marlborough, CT. As a parish family, our purpose is to love, support, encourage, and challenge each other as we together grow in faith and discipleship.  You challenge and support me to be the best so-called “elder” of this community. I love, encourage and challenge you to be the best disciples of Jesus that you can be.

Community is in our DNA of faith.

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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