St. Mark Catholic Parish

"…The seed is sprouting and growing…" (Mark 4:27)

Men’s Group / That Man Is You!

That Man is You!
returns Saturday mornings from
September 10, 2022 – April 2023.

That Man is You! honestly addresses the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, especially those relating to their roles as husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teachings of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive!  Visit for more information.

This year will feature a new multi-speaker format covering topics at the forefront of our Christian lives: The Life of Prayer, Sexual Ethics, Biblical Scholarship, Faith and Science, among others!  It’s the best year yet and not to be missed.

Breakfast begins at St. Mark’s Parish Hall at 7:15 a.m. followed by a video presentation and group discussion.  Contact with your questions or to sign up.


Events Around the Diocese…

MARCH 2023

Evenings with His Excellency – Bishop Wayne Lobsinger invites everyone to join him for “Evenings with His Excellency”.  This is an opportunity to learn more about our Catholic Faith based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Class is the second Friday of each month, at 7pm – 8:30 p.m. at St. Ann Church, Ancaster. This month we will begin our look at The 10 Commandments.  It is also available by livestream on St. Ann’s YouTube channel. No cost, no homework, just an opportunity to learn about our faith, all are welcome.

Young Adults Night – April 1st – Guelph – Fr. Mark Morley invites all young adults (ages 20s and early 30s) of our diocese to attend a night of Adoration, Fellowship and Praise Music. Arrival and Holy Hour (6:30pm-7:30 pm), Social with Food (7:30pm-8:30pm), Praise Night and Vocation Testimony (8:00pm-9:00pm), and Compline (9:00pm) on Saturday, April 1st at the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate (28 Norfolk Street, Guelph). Sponsored by the Vocations Office of the Diocese of Hamilton. For more information, please contact:

Vacation Bible School Workshop 2023 – The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis invites all parish ministers, youth ministry leaders to join in our annual Vacation Bible School workshop in preparation for summer children’s ministry.  New to VBS?  Looking to learn more about recruiting youth volunteers?  Want a peek at new VBS kits available this year?  Come and join us for this informative virtual workshop on April 19, 2023 from 7:00-8:30pm.  Registration is available on the Diocesan website: .

Join the Reel Justice Film Festival for our fun family screening of Coco March 23, 2023 at 6:30 PM! This delightful film follows young Miguel as he dreams of becoming an accomplished musician, despite his family’s generations-old ban on music. Themes of Family and Community, Dignity of the Human Person, Forgiveness, and Cultural Diversity are explored. The screening will be hosted online. R.S.V.P. and view our full schedule of events at A partnership between the Bishop Farrell Library & Archives and Development and Peace, the Reel Justice Film Festival shines a spotlight on issues of social, political, and economic injustice.

The Serra Club of Hamilton is holding their Vocations Recognition Dinner on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at Liuna Station.  Tickets are $90. Please email or leave a message at 905-628-5682 if interested.

ReSTART: Moving Forward – Join us for our new and updated program offering support to anyone seeking to heal and move forward after divorce or separation. The program runs from Tuesday, March 21st to May 23rd.  The sessions take place from 7-9 pm at the Chancery Office at 700 King St. West in person, or you are welcome to join using our zoom classroom. Cost is $25 for materials, but no one is turned away. Registration is required so please call Sarah at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249, e-mail, or register on line at ReSTART Program: Support for Separated and Divorced – (

Grief Relief – Has someone you cared about died? Are you grieving the loss of the person’s presence in your life? Join us on Thursdays from 7 – 8:30 p.m. from April 13 – May 18, 2023 to learn more about what you are feeling and how to gently move forward. You are not alone! The Diocese of Hamilton program will be offered online using Zoom. To register, go to and look for April 13th under Upcoming Events. To find out more, please call Teresa at 905-528-7988 ext. 2250.

The 2023 Diocesan Wedding Anniversary  – Time is running out! Are you celebrating your 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, or 60+ Wedding Anniversary in the year 2023?  If you are, you are cordially invited to join couples from across the Diocese of Hamilton for a Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King in Hamilton at 1:30 pm. (Space allows room for Anniversary couples only – those married 60 years or more may bring 1 guest if you require assistance). Register now at, or contact the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249.

Help for Every Marriage –   Are you frustrated or angry at each other, or have you just stopped talking to each other?   Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times and allows you to rediscover the relationship that drew you together. This program has helped tens of thousands of couples find a better way for their marriage.  For confidential information about, or to register for the program, happening the weekend of March 10, 11, 12, 2023 please call 905-664-5212 or email: or visit the web site at

RESTART: Refresh, Renew Revive –Learning, support and fun for anyone who is looking for support after a separation or divorce! These get-togethers offer continual support and insights for people as they journey through the divorce/separation process and beyond. Held the 2nd & 3rd Fridays of each month, you can join in-person (700 King St. West, Hamilton), or by ZOOM. No registration required, but for ZOOM link please contact Sarah at, or 905-528-7988 ext. 2249. We look forward to seeing you!

World Youth Day at Home – We know many young people are unable to make the international pilgrimage to celebrate World Youth Day this summer in Lisbon. We invite any young person who is interested in gathering together to celebrate World Youth Day here at home in Diocese of Hamilton this August to let us know by completing the survey found at: This survey of interest closes March 10th, 2023.

Did You Know… Children in our parishes benefit from the Catechetical Correspondence Program each year for ongoing religious education and preparation for the Sacraments.  We need volunteers to support the program!  If you are willing to accompany these children in their learning journey, please reach out to the Office for Evangelization and Catechesis at To learn more about the Catechetical Correspondence Program, please visit:

Adult Faith Formation through VLCFF – The Diocese of Hamilton is proud to partner with Dayton University’s Virtual Learning Community for Adult Faith Formation (VLCFF) to offer certificate programs for ministry and enrichment for adult faith formation.  Three and five week e-seminars are available at a discounted rate for all adults in the Diocese looking to further their learning.  For more information about our programs, and how to register, visit us at

St. Vincent de Paul Society

A Message from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Mark’s Conference

October 2022

Dear Parishioners of St. Mark,

For many years the parishioners of St. Mark Church have supported those less fortunate in our own community through the support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference here at St. Mark’s.

As you know, as a result of Covid-19, we were unable to continue providing food hampers to families.  Food distribution became centralized through The Food Bank of Waterloo Region at that time and a new food distribution system continues to develop.

Our SVDP conference continues to work with the various agencies involved in any way that we can, and will revisit options on how best to use our resources in the future.

While much continues to be unsettled, we appreciate your past support and wanted to let you know what we can as our community needs are as great as ever.

Part of the new food distribution system is the use of community centers being run by the House of Friendship.  We are currently in talks with the Forest Heights Community Center to see how we can pool our resources to aid families here in our community.

But for now, we are focused on Christmas.  We will be assisting the House of Friendship with this year’s Christmas program by providing volunteers and the use of our parking lot on December 16th.  In addition, we will provide financial assistance if possible.  The number of families that can be supported through this program has been capped based on last year’s numbers.  But they are expecting more calls this year so we have offered to provide direct assistance to an additional 20 families in our area. 

Online registration for assistance with food or toys opens November 1st at  Separate forms must be filled out for food and toys.

You can again find a blue SVDP envelope in your box of offertory envelopes.  Any donation you make is deeply appreciated and will be used in our efforts this Christmas.


St. Mark’s Conference Members
Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Available Food and Other Assistance Information

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region supports the Community Food Assistance Network – a system of 100+ community programs and agency partners.

A complete list of Hamper Programs, Community Center Food Distribution and Community Meals Programs can be found on their website:
and click on “Need Food?”

Alternatively, you can call:
519-743-5576 ext. 340

Included on this website for our area is:

Forest Heights Food Program
1700 Queens Boulevard
This program runs weekly on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
* Identification with name and address is required. *

If you require support for other non-food services you can
visit the webpage of Region of Waterloo Community Services:
Alternatively, you can call 519-575-4400 and ask for assistance.

The Region’s website provides access to many programs including:

Ontario Works ……….……..     519-883-2100

Carizon Family Services …..    519-743-6333

KW Counselling Services …     519-884-0000

The House of Friendship ….     519-742-8327

Salvation Army ……………..     519-745-4215

2023 First Holy Communion (Gr. 2’s)

Catholic children in Grade 2 during the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to receive the sacrament in the Spring of 2023.  If you would like your child to be included, please email Pam at the parish office ( before January to add your name to our contact list.

2023 Confirmation (Gr. 7’s)

Catholic students in Grade 7 during the 2022-2023 school year are eligible to receive the sacrament in the Spring of 2023.  If you would like your child to be included, please email Pam at the parish office ( before January to add your name to our contact list.

Financial Support

Financial Support

If you are able, we hope you will consider continuing your financial support of the parish during periods of shut-down or reduced attendance.  When we are unable to open our doors or are limiting attendance due to restricted capacity, it means we do not receive regular contributions to help us pay our bills – which continue to come in.

Three options are available for donating to St. Mark Parish:

Monthly Pre-authorized Giving through your bank account – perhaps the easiest method.  You can request more information or enroll in this plan by emailing Pam at the parish office for a form (

Mail in your envelopes to the parish – 55 Driftwood Drive, Kitchener, ON N2N 3A2.

Online Giving (one-time or monthly) using your Credit Card, PayPal, or CanadaHelps Gift Card.  This is done online through the Diocese of Hamilton and your tax receipt will also come from the diocese, but your donation goes to the parish.  To use this method, please visit: and select *St. Mark Parish, Kitchener* from the drop-down menu (parishes are listed alphabetically by CITY).

Any of these methods would be truly and profoundly appreciated and would help the parish at a time of difficulty.
May God bless you for your generosity!

Virtual Mass


Vision TV
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Sunday 8:00 a.m.
Monday–Friday 8:00 a.m., 12 noon
Saturday 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.

Salt+Light TV
Find your Channel or Watch Live
Sunday 11:00 a.m., 10:30 p.m.
Monday–Saturday 6:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Find your Channel
Sunday 10:30 a.m.
Monday–Saturday 1:00 p.m.


Local Parishes
The diocese has gone to considerable effort to compile a list of local parishes who are uploading or streaming their own Masses.
As well, His Excellency Bishop Crosby will celebrate Sunday Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of Christ the King, televised Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on Cable 14 and at 1:00 p.m. on CHCH TV.

YouTube offers many channels that upload Daily and Sunday Masses.  Here are two popular ones:  Bishop Robert Barron and National Catholic Broadcasting Council


Knights of Columbus

For current info and meeting dates, please visit:

C.W.L. News

CWL logo

St. Mark Catholic Women’s League membership fee for 2023 is $40.00.

Add your “voice” to 70,000 others across Canada in our Sisterhood of support of:  Respect for human life from conception to natural death; Fully funded Catholic education; Social Justice; Faith and Service; Family Values.


We warmly welcome all ladies to come out to any meeting or Contact Sue Sawchuk, Organization Chair at (519) 277-1898 or email

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St. Mark’s Catholic Women’s League Parish Council plans regular events to enhance the spiritual development of our members, support our parish community and provide opportunities for fun and fellowship.

The Catholic Women’s League of Canada is a national organization rooted in gospel values calling its members to holiness through service to the people of God.  Over 91,000 League members across Canada provide a strong Catholic voice, presenting resolutions to all levels of government on issues touching the lives of all women and their families.

All ladies age 16 or older are welcome to join the C.W.L.  We know the women of our parish lead busy lives.  Even if you can’t regularly attend events, you can feel confident that your $30 annual membership fee supports the important work of this organization in our parish community and at the diocesan, provincial and national levels.  We invite you to become a C.W.L. member and join us at as many or as few events that fit your schedule.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina is a Latin term, meaning “divine reading” and describes a way of reading the Scriptures whereby we gradually let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us.

The first stage is lectio (reading) where we read the Word of God, slowly and reflectively so that it sinks into us. Any passage of Scripture can be used for this way of prayer but the passage should not be too long.

The second stage is meditatio (reflection) where we think about the text we have chosen and ruminate upon it so that we take from it what God wants to give us.

The third stage is oratio (response) where we leave our thinking aside and simply let our hearts speak to God. This response is inspired by our reflection on the Word of God.

The final stage of Lectio Divina is contemplatio (rest) where we let go not only of our own ideas, plans and meditations but also of our holy words and thoughts. We simply rest in the Word of God. We listen at the deepest level of our being to God who speaks within us with a still small voice.

If you would like to incorporate the Lectio Divina into your life,
visit the website of the Order of Carmelites in Italy here:
Once there, simply browse for the correct day of the week,
and click on “Read more.”