Each week we will feature two of our ministries, that we have at Saint John Fisher. If you have any interest in joining our ministries or have any questions please contact the office or the contact person listed.
This Week: Lending Library & St. John Fisher Community Garden
Why pray? God wants to be in relationship with you.
Deep within you is a natural desire to communicate with God, to share yourself with God, to have God hear your voice, or, more basically, to encounter God.”
"Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God." St. Ignatius of Loyola July 31 is the memorial for St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and author of the Spiritual Exercises. Born into nobility as the youngest of thirteen children, this Spanish saint lived a colorful and accomplished life in the military until a cannonball injured his leg.
Prayer is that essential element in our relationship with God that can be both a struggle and a gift. Am I doing it right? Is God really listening? What is the best thing to say? Just as our relationships with friends and family change over time, so too does our relationship with God. The more time we spend in prayer, the deeper we will grow in relationship with our heavenly Father.
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time B21
We live in a society that cherishes the individual and promotes individualism. As a result we often undervalue the communal nature of life. One benefit of the pandemic we are still going through is the recognition of our need for others. Until a vaccine was developed we were separated: parents from their adult children not living at home; grandparents from the grandchildren; relatives from each other; friends from friends; and shoppers from malls. As much as we wanted community, it was next to impossible to find.
We will collect sandwiches on Thursday, July 29. We will NOT gather after 8:30 a.m. Mass to make sandwiches as a community. Sandwiches may be dropped off at the church during regular business hours or from 7:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
July 30th is the international Day against human trafficking. Please remember in prayer the victims of this horrific crime. As we are all made in God’s likeness and image, let us be mindful that all life is sacred and precious. Pope Francis reminds us that “Catholics and all people of good will are urged to combat this “crime against humanity” which is an “open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge against the body of Christ.” Please include in prayer on this day the victims and families of human trafficking. May all our brothers and sisters in Christ be treated with dignity and respect that should be afforded to all God’s children.
Since August 2020, St. Vincent DePaul has provided over $4000 in clothing vouchers to their clients. These vouchers allow clients to choose clothes for themselves, reducing the embarrassment and stigma associated with poverty. This program allows individuals in our greater community to maintain their dignity. As you go through your closets this summer, please pick up a yellow donation card at the church before you bring your donations to Goodwill. Yellow donation cards can be found at the entrances to the church.
With joyful hearts, on July 17 & 18, 2021, your Knights of Columbus Council presented to the Parish of St. John Fisher the gifts of both a new Yamaha piano and Yamaha keyboard. We wish only to give thanks to the Lord for the gift of His love expressed in the celebrations offered in this building in remembrance of His sacrifice for us and gift of the hope He shares through His grace. We also thank all those who devote so much time and talent to bringing the gift of music to all who worship and pray to the Lord here in this holy place. “
Sacred music is the beauty that invites prayer. … music is the beauty that sets the stage for the encounter with the Incarnate Lord. Sacred music is a beauty that prepares us to be able to receive the fullness of grace in the Holy Sacrifice of the Altar.”
(Pope Saint John Paul II, speaking to the Institute of Sacred Music, 2001)
Consider taking a few moments to lighten your load and go to confession this month. Father Sas hears confessions before 4:00pm Mass on Saturdays from 3:003:30pm. Confession is a beautiful way for us to open our hearts, seek forgiveness and close the distance that might exist between us and our heavenly Father. It is often said that confession is not about how much we have failed, but about how much God loves us. Give yourself the powerful peace that can come through incredible sacrament.
As we fully embrace the season of summer, we hope that you can slow down a bit, exhale and find the space to grow in your relationship with God. Summer often affords us the opportunity to reexamine our days and reset our routines. Perhaps you can find time to enhance you faith. In the coming weeks, we will share different prayer resources that might be helpful. Always remember that we are all beloved children of God, made in His likeness and image and that this
relationship is worthy of your time and energy. An easy way to grow this relationship is to consider attending daily Mass.
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time B21
“Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture.” Jeremiah was talking to the religious leaders (mislead) and the political leaders, especially the king (scatter, referring in prophesy the Babylonian Exile). Of course you don’t have to be a religious or political leader to mislead and scatter. Just read Facebook or Twitter for disinformation that people that believe regarding COVID 19 and vaccines. All you need is a computer, social media skills and an unscrupulous conscience.
FORE the Fish!!!!!! The St. John Fisher Knights of Columbus Council 15734 is sponsoring their 8th Annual Golf Classic fundraiser on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at Blackledge Country Club in Hebron, CT.
The golf fee includes 18 holes of golf, free lunch, on course refreshments, and a banquet. A number of contests will also be available. Be a SPONSOR, donate a RAFFLE gift or give a CASH donation. All will be greatly appreciated.
Your Knights need your support to help us help local individuals, families, and other groups in need, as well as to support our parish ministries.
Please consider participating. Thank you!