Welcome to Saint John Fisher Catholic Church! Our parish is a dynamic, faith-filled community comprised of more than 2,400 families committed to building a place of ministry and spiritual renewal for people of all ages who seek the presence of Christ in their lives. Every member of St. John Fisher is a vital part of our parish family, and together we proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed, celebrate God’s love in prayer and sacraments, and serve those in need. Our doors are always open, welcoming those who want to know Jesus Christ in the fullness of our Catholic faith and to be part of a community overflowing with faith, hope and love. Take some time to explore our website, where you will find information on our Parish’s many organizations, activities and services. In addition, our clergy and staff are here to assist you and make you feel welcome. Do not hesitate to call, email or stop by to talk with us. We are here to serve.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Robert McDermott, Pastor
Lent and Holy Week Observances
St. John Fisher Parish has a number of activities to help you prepare to celebrate the mysteries of the Resurrection.
OPERATION RICE BOWL, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, is a faith-in-action program that encourages us to live in solidarity with people in need around the world. Small Rice Bowls were distributed in March. A special collection for Operation Rice Bowl is set for the weekend of April 2. If you have been using a Rice Bowl, please return it to Church that weekend. If you have not been using a Rice Bowl but would like to make a contribution, please use the special Operation Rice Bowl envelope included in your monthly envelope mailing.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be held each Friday of Lent, beginning on March 3, at 7:00pm in Church. The Scriptural Stations of the Cross, popularized by St. John Paul II in 1991, will be held on Good Friday, April 14, at 7:00pm.
POOR MAN’S SUPPER, hosted by the Parish, will be held on Good Friday, April 14, at 5:45pm in the Church Hall. Join us for a simple meal of soup and bread. A donation is suggested as almsgiving for the poor. Please call the parish office at 610-485-0441 to RSVP.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION will be held weekly on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 7:00 pm and on Saturdays from 4:00 to 4:45pm.
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held on Monday mornings from 8:00am until noon in the Chapel. OUR LADY OF SEVEN SORROWS prayer meeting is held on the first and third Friday of the month, beginning at 10:00am, in the Chapel.
LIVING OUR FAITH IN FAMILY LIFE: For Lent, St. John Fisher Parish has planned a four-part series of practical conversations on different dimensions of family life. Join us for a guided discussion on how our faith relates to different aspects of the family journey. These Lenten Reflections will be held on four Thursday evenings in March, beginning at 7:00pm, in the Parish Center. Come for the one that interests you most, or join us for all of the conversations.
March 2 “Grief and Grieving Process”
Sr. Michelle, RSM; Mercy Spiritual Services
March 9 “Spirituality of Aging”
Sr. Mary Anne, RSM; Mercy Spiritual Services
March 23 “Disabilities and Spiritual Life”
Fr. Denis Weber, Servants of Charity, Don Guanella Homes
March 30 “Conversations with Millennials about Faith”
Fr. Christopher Rogers, former Vocation Director and College Chaplain
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:
April 9, Palm Sunday – Saturday Vigil Mass (April 8) 5:00pm,
Sunday Mass 8:00am , 9:30am, and 11:30am
April 10 – 7:30am Mass, Chapel
April 11 – 7:30am Mass, Chapel
April 12 – 7:30am Mass, Chapel
6:30 – 7:00pm Confessions, Church
April 13, Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00pm, Church.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will follow until 10:00pm
April 14, Good Friday – Veneration of the Cross, Passion and
Holy Communion, 3:00pm, Church
Poor Man’s Supper, 5:45pm, Parish Center Hall
Stations of the Cross, 7:00pm, Church
April 15, Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Mass, 7:30pm, Church
April 16, Easter – Masses at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:30am
Please note: There will be no 7:30am Masses on Holy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not scheduled for Holy Saturday.
Holy Family Regional School Open Registration
Registration for the 2017-2018 School Year is now Open for Pre-K through Grade 8
Information you will need to gather and bring with you:
Child’s birth certificate – Social security card – Baptismal certificate
Most recent immunization record
Physical examination and Dental examination forms
Most recent Pre-School/Kindergarten evaluation
(if transferring from another facility)
If your child will be entering grades 1 to 8, a records release must be signed
$200 non-refundable registration fee for each child being registered
For more information, contact the School Office at 610-494-0147, extension 3.
Sacramental Preparation News
Confirmation candidates must attend a rehearsal on Monday March 27, from 5 – 7:00pm. Please meet in the Church. A second rehearsal will be held on Thursday, March 30, from 7 – 7:00 p.m. for the candidates and their sponsors. If a sponsor is unable to attend, a parent should accompany their child to rehearsal. All candidates must attend both rehearsals!
Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, April 2, with the Most Reverend Timothy Senior presiding. All candidates must be in the chapel by 1:15 pm in their robes. Sponsors should assemble in the Church Hall at the same time.
If you have any questions about Sacramental Preparation, please contact Mrs. Kathy Aaronson, Director of Religious Education, at 610-485-0441, extension 5.
Catechetical Awards Given to Six SJF PREP Teachers
Catechist Pat Donnelly is congratulated by Archbishop Charles Chaput upon receiving an award for 20 Years of Service to St. John Fisher Parish.
Congratulations to six volunteer staff members of the St. John Fisher Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) who received service awards on Saturday, January 14, from Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. These dedicated teachers have spent years serving the children of our parish who have attended the PREP program! We thank them and pray that God bless them!
St. John Neumann Award (5 years of service)
St. Pius X Award (10 years of service)
Janet and Rich Krasowski
St. Martin de Porres Award (20 years of service)
St. Charles Borromeo Award (25 years of service)
Archbishop Charles Chaput Visits St. John Fisher Parish
The parish welcomed Archbishop Chaput on Sunday, August 21, 2016, to celebrate the 11:30 Mass. Click on the photo below to view other pictures of his visit.
Stewardship Spotlight – 2016
A newsletter highlighting the activites of the past year, upcoming events and the financial picture of St. John Fisher Parish was mailed to all parishioners at the beginning of October. The parish census and Block Collection envelope were included in the mailing.
To read the Stewardship Spotlight, click the link below.
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Words of Wisdom
“In a broken world, to communicate with mercy means to help create closeness between the children of God.”
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