30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447
30 Jones Hollow Road,
Marlborough, Connecticut 06447-1141
Pastor, Fr. Thomas J. Sas
Deacon John W. McKaig
Robin Baran,(860) 295-0001
Director of Religious Education
Director of Music Ministry
Please be aware that our parish has hearing enhanced audio equipment available for parishioners to borrow during Mass.
*Please see Father Sas prior to Mass.
Saturday, 4:00 PM
Sunday, 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM
Monday thru Thursday at 8:30 AM
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Saturday, 3:00 PM or by appointment
If a member of the family for whom the Mass is being offered would like to present the gifts, please notify Fr. Sas before Mass
Christmas Mass Schedule
Monday, December 24
4:00pm Mass ~ Children's Christmas Choir
10:00pm Mass ~ Christmas Choir
Tuesday, December 25
Monday, December 31st
Tuesday, January 1st
Bulletin submission deadline is Thursday at 1:00pm
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.
Registration is open for 2018-2019 Faith Formation Classes, Grades 1-9 Please register before May 31 (to avoid a late fee). Registration forms are available on the church website: stjfchurch.org or at both of the
church entrances. Please place your completed forms in an envelope marked Faith Formation. Envelopes may be placed in the offertory
basket, brought to the church office, or mailed to:
St. John Fisher Church
30 Jones Hollow Rd.
Marlborough, CT 06447.
Please email Theresa Brysgel at
Many thanks to all those who generously donated gently used items for the
Confirmation Help Us Help Others collection. We once again filled the A Hand Up truck with wonderful home goods that will benefit families transitioning out of homelessness. In addition, books will be going to various locations and decorative items were delivered to the House of Bread for their thrift store. Donated bikes found a home at Catholic Worker House in addition to some small furniture items that are going to a Catholic Worker House family. Again, many thanks for supporting some of the programs the Confirmation Community works with during the year.
Well, it looks and feels like spring has finally decided to make its appearance!! Our church community garden has already had some “tlc” work done by the Confirmation students, and some seeds that were planted are coming up! The garden will be starting its fourth season, and we’re looking for anyone who would like to get involved in helping. You do not need to be a gardener, just enthusiastic about helping others!! The garden committee is always ready and happy to have new volunteers. We will once again hold a vegetable plant sale on the weekend of May 12th and 13th after all of the Masses. All the proceeds from the sale will be used to enhance the garden and purchase items needed. Jen O’Neill received a garden grant last fall; so, we will havesome new areas to plant more vegetables in. Why not try something new and come check out the garden? Contact Peg Filloramo with any questions at 860 267 8067.
Why would some Greeks approach Philip to ask to see Jesus? And what are they doing, worshipping at the Jewish feast of Passover?
Philip and Andrew are Greek names, not Jewish. 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. The question I have is: Did they ever get to meet Jesus? The text gives no indication that they did. Philip goes on a mission to consult with Andrew and together they go to tell Jesus about the visitors who, it seems, were standing there and waiting to hear whether Jesus would meet with them. Instead Jesus answers Philip and Andrew by saying what we just heard read in today’s Gospel. Nothing more is said about those Greeks. They are forgotten.
What informs each of the readings including the psalm response is conflict.
Today’s Gospel about the good shepherd is in part a response to the Pharisees who had just thrown out the man born blind who was cured by Jesus. The man tried to argue that Jesus could not be a sinner even though he healed on the Sabbath but one who was listened to by God; and, we know God doesn’t listen to sinners. What was the result? They were highly offended because he was trying to teach them. So they threw him out. Jesus compares them to hired men whose only concern for the flock was as a source of income. In contrast, Jesus is the good shepherd who knows the flock and lays down his life for them.
How’s Easter going?The reason I ask is that for most of us, Easter is a single day celebration. But for the Church, it’s a 50 day extended time of joy. That’s 10 more days than Lent! 25% more time to rejoice! Most of us set goals for Lent; Easter, not so much. It seems we are much better being penitent than rejoicing. I wonder why that is. In each of the prefaces of Easter, I proclaim that we are overwhelmed with Paschal joy. Is that true? Do feel overwhelmed with joy?
A special thanks to all who donated to the various collections during our Lenten season. Through your generosity, donations are helping people at Immaculate Conception Shelter, House of Bread and Catholic Worker House. Please know that these personal care items help preserve a person’s dignity and allow us to share our blessings.
Jesus is the good shepherd and laid down his lifefor us that we may have new life. Give your marriage new life by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend.
The next Weekends are Jul 6-8, 2018 and Nov 2-4, 2018 in MANCHESTER, CT. For more information, call Pat & Mary-Jo McLaughlin at 860-315-2127 or visit them at https://wwmectw.org/.
Please participate this Thursday, April 26, in providing turkey/cheese or ham/cheese sandwiches (no mayo) for the guests of St. Vincent DePaul Place in Middletown.
Sandwiches wrapped in individual baggies may be brought to the front of the church from 7:00 to 7:30 pm on Thursday evening. You may also leave sandwiches in the refrigerator in the St. Thomas More Hall when the church is open during regular Parish office hours on Thursday, from 9 am—1 pm.
Your sandwiches will be distributed to patrons of St. Vincent DePaul Place on Friday for their evening take-home meals.
The Confirmation Community's
Annual Help Us Help Others
collection is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th from 11:30-3:00pm.
All donations will benefit organizations that we support during the year. Items to donate include: household items in good condition such as dishes, glasses, flatware, towels, linens, lights, furniture, as well as books (no reference or text books please). Please be sure all your donations are clean and in working order.
Special thanks to all the artist that shared their vision of God during the First Annual St. John Fisher Art Show.
Art entrants include:
Audrey Carroll Prucnal
Deacon John McKaig
Mrs. Hooker’s 5th grade Faith Formation Class
Rosie Henderschedt and Ellie Packer’s 4th grade Faith Formation Class