St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

We all have “to do” or “honey do” lists. We oftentimes check off the list first what’s easiest to do, then gradually, the harder ones. Finally we are left with the hardest or the least attractive, like weeding the garden after letting it go for 6 weeks or cleaning out the garage, a closet, or that junk drawer.

We also have a priority list of what we hope to accomplish in our lives: finish school; find a job and/or a career; for most of you: get married, buy a house, have and raise children; maybe travel or have a beach house or a cabin in the woods; save for retirement; enjoy the grandkids; and eventually retire.

We often forget one thing on our “to do” and priority list: become a disciple. Being a disciple doesn’t necessarily mean leaving our families as Elisha and the would-be followers of Jesus in today’s Gospel were called to do.

More often than not it means staying right where we are and caring for those God has placed in our reach, to “serve one another through love”: our families, our community, our fellow workers, or classmates.
In this way we are fulfilling what Jesus asks of us: “… proclaim the kingdom of God” (Lk. 9:60), as missionaries at home, right where we are.

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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