St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Elijah, Paul and Peter were feeling helpless, hopeless, and afraid.
Elijah had run afoul of Jezebel, the Queen of Israel, by proving the power of Yahweh and the impotence of her god, Baal, and of her priests. As a result, she was out to kill him. He felt powerless and very much alone.
Paul was beside him with grief, almost to the point of despair, because he longed for his Jewish brothers and sisters to come to faith in Jesus, wanting to share with them the joy of discipleship.  But they were obstinate.

Peter (and the rest of the disciples), already shaken to their core by the dark and windy night at sea, thought they saw a ghost striding toward them on the water.  Peter challenged the apparition.  The ghost answered. Peter, his bluff called, left the relative safety of the boat to join the ghost for a pre- dawn stroll on the water.  He was doing it! But only for a short while. The realization of doing the impossible sank in, and he began to sink.
But, eventually, Elijah, Paul and Peter came to a place of peace, confident that God indeed had their back; and, they overcame their demons of fear, loneliness, and despair.
Many of us have been there.  It's the 4th watch of the night, about 3 am. We suddenly awaken, and funny stuff begins to happen. We hear a noise in the house or outside; senses are heightened; random thoughts enter our minds; imaginations run amok.  And we can't wait for dawn.
Whatever our fears and worries that cause us to toss and turn during the night, our hearts to pound, and a cold sweat to soak us, Jesus stretches out his hand to give us courage, hope, and peace.
He tells us:  Do not be afraid!  I've got your back."

-Fr  Sas, August  10th Homily
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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