30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447
30 Jones Hollow Road,
Marlborough, Connecticut 06447-1141
Pastor, Fr. Thomas J. Sas
Deacon John W. McKaig
Silvia Orama,(860) 295-0001
Director of Religious Education
Director of Music Ministry
Adult Faith Formation
Youth Ministry Confirmation
Monday & Tuesday: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am to 10:30am
Thursday: 12:00pm to 3:00pm
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the Parish Office is closed. Please be sure to make
arrangements during office hours for access to the
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7th Sunday of Easter, A 2017
This 7th Sunday of Easter is an in between time, coming as it does between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost.
Jesus has ascended to the Father. The Apostles and some other disciples gather in the upper room. They were given a task by the now physically absent Lord to go and make disciple of all nations. But now they have to wait until the Holy Spirit comes upon them - “an in between time.”
It's been ten weeks since we last gathered inside St. John Fisher to celebrate Mass together as a parish family. Prayer and worship look different for us now. For some it has been a struggle. For others, a rich opportunity to encounter God in new ways. As Connecticut slowly begins to open, and we venture out in ways that are safe and responsible, it's important to remember that God continues to come to us through both struggle and opportunity. Through fear and calm. Through restlessness and contentment. Jesus says: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you” (John 15:5). What does it mean, to have Christ remain in us? It means that Jesus is not someone who exists outside of us. He dwells within us, a constant presence and source of hope.
Father Sas will be offering online Mass, Sunday, May 24, the Seventh Sunday of Easter. Thank you to Gil Thompson for recording, Paulette Adams for reading, and Kathleen Filosa, Carolyn Henderson, and Janice Reska for providing music. The Mass will be available on this website on Sunday morning.
Sandwich collection for St. Vincent de Paul in Middletown is this Thursday, May 28. Sandwiches may be dropped off during the day (in the downstairs refrigerator) between 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. or in the evening between 7:00-7:30 p.m. in front of the church. Ham and cheese or turkey and cheese sandwiches, no mayo but mustard is okay. We are also collecting pre-packaged snacks like peanut butter crackers.
As we continue to manage staying close to home, venturing out on a limited basis and balancing all that our various roles demand of us, we are challenged by a more limited level of personal connection. We want to be there for you as your St. John Fisher parish family...to listen, connect, and support you. If you'd like a friendly, uplifting voice and compassionate ear, please feel free to reach out to Cheryl at 860-798-9010 or Theresa at 860-830-2194. We are managing this together, with strength, perseverance, resilience and a whole lot of faith in our most glorious and loving God.
Come join us! We would like to celebrate our graduating high school seniors and acknowledge their many years of hard work and dedication. On Saturday, June 6, Father Sas will offer a blessing for our young adults in the back church parking lot. You are encouraged to come and offer “drive thru” congratulations. We simply ask that you make a poster or two, open your car windows, drive through the parking lot and wave at our amazing graduating high school seniors! Please plan to arrive at the church by 11:15 a.m. to begin the celebration parade. Enter the parking lot closest to Middlesex Health Center, drive to the back of the lot and around the church, exiting by the north lot. More details can be found on this website.
St. John Fisher parishioners were so incredibly generous during the campaign to feed our healthcare heroes at Marlborough Health and Rehabilitation Center, that not only did we raise enough money to send 76 meals to the staff at the nursing home, but we far surpassed our goal! With the additional funds, St. John Fisher has partnered with the Marlborough Food Bank and Marlborough Pizza to provide 24 hot meals to the residents of Florence Lord Senior Housing on Tuesday, May 26. Thank you for making this kind and generous outreach possible for the residents of Florence Lord, who have been so isolated during this crisis.
During times of darkness and uncertainty, it's important to remember that Jesus is still here. To remind us of this important truth, Rosie Henderschedt has been photographing Jesus in local spots around town. Your challenge is to guess where the pictures were taken! This is a fun way of reminding ourselves that if we have faith, we will always find Jesus. Can you recognize where Jesus is today?
We encourage you to remember the businesses that support St. John Fisher through their bulletin advertisements, as shown at this link. Both St. John Fisher and the advertisers thank you for your patronage of these businesses.
Two trucks carrying thesauruses collided today. According to the press release, witnesses were stunned, startled, aghast, taken aback, stupefied, confused, punchy, rattled, paralyzed, dazed, bewildered, mixed up, surprised, awed, dumbfounded, flabbergasted, astounded, amazed, confounded, astonished, boggled, overwhelmed, horrified, numbed, and perplexed.
(Submitted with a smile by Fr. Sas)