St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Almighty God and Father, we the members
of the Archdiocese of Hartford  thank you
for the gift of our Catholic faith.

As we look to the future during this time of pastoral
planning, we ask you to bless us with the gifts of the Holy
Spirit to discern wisely a way forward to meet today's
challenges and opportunities.

May the virtue of prudence guide our efforts to be good
stewards of the legacy we have inherited from those whose
vision in the past helped establish our beloved Archdiocese
and its parishes, schools and institutions.

May the virtue of justice ensure that the voices of the faithful
of every generation, ethnicity, state in life, and community
in the Archdiocese be heard, welcomed and respected.

May the virtue of fortitude confirm us in our resolve to
acknowledge and address the spiritual and practical
realities of our day, and to position ourselves for a
more vibrant future.

May the virtue of temperance help us to look beyond
our individual interests and concerns for the sake of the
common good of the whole Church in our Archdiocese
and its mission to draw all people to Christ.

At the intercession of Blessed Mary, our Mother, and Saint
Joseph her spouse and our patron, may we discern and
implement what is truly best for the whole Church and
for all the faithful of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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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