St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Good and gracious God.

Thank you for gathering us here today.

We pray ….       

That we see others as you see them                                  

          Open my eyes Lord

That we care for our brothers and sisters in Christ who hunger for hope, faith and food

          Open my heart Lord

That we might tenderly care for those around us                

          Open and extend my hands in fellowship Lord

That we might speak for those without a voice who hunger

          Open my mouth Lord

That we might hear another’s cry and be moved to action

          Open my ears Lord 

For you remind us:

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:35-40

We pray for everyone who is hungry whether they are across the world in Burkina Faso or in our local communities. May they be comforted by our actions and may we continue to be moved to act as disciples of Christ.

In your name we pray.

Amen

 

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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.

DO YOU PLAN TO FAST THIS LENTEN SEASON?

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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