St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

As you know already, all Masses have cancelled until April 3rd. The Archdiocese hopefully will allow Masses on Palm Sunday weekend. A decision will be made at some future date. In the meantime, I am saying private Masses with the intention that those suffering from the virus will soon be healed and for the intention of those who have died from it will rest in God’s peace and their families turn to the Lord for healing. Also in my intentions at Mass, I’m praying for all individuals and families of our parish in particular.

Because I am of certain age and because of my own health concerns and the guidelines of the Archdiocese, I am limited in what I can do. I will certainly be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday afternoons from 3:00 to 3:30 pm and on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. At the direction of the Archdiocese, the Sacrament will only be celebrated behind a screen (no face-to-face allowed). I won’t be available for the Sacrament of the Sick in hospitals, nursing homes, or in private homes because of age and health concerns as long as guidelines are in place. This is at the suggestion of the Archdiocesan memo to priests. I invite you to pray with me for a quick end of the spread of this virus and a return to normalcy, whatever that might mean for each of us.

Helpful Links for Information and Prayer
St. John Fisher Facebook Page
Archdiocese of Hartford Website
Marlborough Food Bank
ORTV Daily Televised Mass
EWTN Daily TV Schedule

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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.


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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