30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447
30 Jones Hollow Road,
Marlborough, Connecticut 06447-1141
Pastor, Fr. Thomas J. Sas
Deacon Emeritus John W. McKaig
Holly Bangham,(860) 295-0001
Director of Religious Education
Director of Music Ministry
Adult Faith Formation
Youth Ministry Confirmation
Vigil Mass ~ Saturday, 4:00PM
Sunday Mass ~ 8:30AM and 10:30AM
In accordance with the Archdiocese of Hartford, those who are vaccinated will no longer be required to wear masks in church.
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am to 1:30pm
PLEASE NOTE: The church doors are locked when the Parish Office is closed. Please be sure to make arrangements during office hours for access to the church. For Sponsor Certificates, Baptism or Marriage, Click Download Sponsor Certificates or call 860-295-0001.
Palm Sunday, Year B
It’s a matter of perspective. It all depends on your point of view.
Is Jesus’ crucifixion humiliation or exaltation?
From the perspective and view of most, it was a shameful way to die.
For Jesus, it was a life-giving and life-saving act.
For some, they had to avert their eyes and had to get away from the spectacle. Even today a crucified God is a scandal.
For Jesus, he declared: “When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.”
Was the crucifixion a humiliation or exaltation?
What is your perspective? What is your point of view?
 It could be either. Or it could be both from our perspective and point of view: before the Resurrection it seems to be a humiliation; after, it became an exaltation making Jesus’ cross a sign of victory over sin and especially death.
Date: Saturday, April 3
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place: Meet outside St John Fisher Hall door
There will be a few modifications for health and safety, but children can hunt for candy and special eggs and there will even be a visit by the Easter Bunny himself!
As we enter Holy Week and celebrate Palm Sunday, let’s reflect on how our Lord suffered from our indifference: those who proclaimed him king of Jerusalem were the same who called to crucify him. We recognize we are all one human family. Are we contributing to the suffering of our sisters and brothers with our indifference to their realities? How does our faith inspire us to care for them and share the gifts that God has bestowed on us? Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more.
PreHSPT (Virtual) for current seventh grade girls will take place on Sat, April 24th 911:15a.m. this is a practice test for Mercy Entrance Exam and students who achieve 90th national percentile or higher are awarded $500 tuition credit if they apply to, and are accepted, to Mercy in the eighth grade. Students may register online at www.mercyhigh.com
Summer Programs, including the Higher Achievement Progr am for rising seventh and eighth grade girls which offers insight to high school life and offers test taking strategies to help them with the Mercy Entrance Exam; Theater Arts Program for boys and girls rising to grades six through nine; as well as Basketball and Soccer Clinics for girls rising to grades six through nine.
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. Thank you all for your support.
5th Sunday of Lent, B21
Why would some Greeks approach Philip to ask to see Jesus? And what are they doing at the Jewish feast of Passover?
Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee, a town with a Jewish name but just over the border in Gentile territory. Those Greeks may have been proselytes, people who have totally converted to Judaism or “God-fearers”, a step below. Philip goes to consult with Andrew (also a Greek name though he was Peter’s brother); and, together they go to tell Jesus about the visitors who, it seems, were left standing there and waiting to hear whether Jesus would meet with them. The question I have is: Did they ever get to meet Jesus? The text gives no indication that they did. Instead Jesus answers Philip and Andrew by saying what we just heard read in today’s Gospel, changing the subject. Nothing more is said about those Greeks. They are forgotten.
Palm Sunday Mass with distribution of previously blessed palms
Saturday, March 27th @ 4:00pm Mass. Signup required.
Sunday, March 28th@ 9:30am Mass. Signup required.
Sunday, March 28th, 11:00 -11:30am. Drivethru distribution of palms (no service and signup not required) behind the church. Enter from the south entrance (as we did for the Graduation Celebrations and the Living Nativity) and exit from the north.
Poor nutrition can lead to devastating longterm consequences for individuals, communities and entire countries. That’s why communities must work together to ensure that all children have access to better food and nutrition. New planting and cooking techniques are helping many communities in Madagascar improve the health and wellbeing of their children.
How does your community work together for the good of others?
Visit crsricebowl.org to learn more
Make a monetary donation — Donations can be brought to the church and left in the mailbox by the office or dropped off at the office during business hours or at Mass. Please make a note on the check if it is for this project;
Help secure small prizes for the teens participating ($5 gift cards,candy . . . );
Help secure donations such as individually wrapped snacks and drinks for the teens;
Help coordinate lunch; Help with set up or clean up;
Be a mentor.Keep us and our recipients in your prayers!
Calling all high school teens - put your heart and hands to good use!
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Tired of Zoom! Want to do something real instead of virtual? Did Covid cancel your April Vacation Plans?
Tuesday, April 20th (Rain Date: Wednesday, April 21) Outside St. John Fisher
The Admissions Office is excited to announce that we will be offering an Outdoor Open House for Prospective Freshmen and Transfer Students on Thursday, April 8 from 4-6 pm, weather permitting. Please join us on campus to experience the East Catholic difference as families can walk freely amongst stations featuring academic departments as well as athletics and the fine arts. Masks and social distancing are required. More details to follow.