St. Mark Catholic Parish

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

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Refugee Sponsorship Update

St. Mark’s Refugee Sponsorship Update…

 “In the face of the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing
death in war or hunger, and who are on the road to hope of life,
the Gospel calls us, asks us to be near, the littlest and the abandoned.”
(Pope Francis, September 2015)

JAN. 10, 2016:  St. Mark’s Refugee Sponsorship Committee voted in favour of sponsoring a family from Syria through the Blended Visa Office-Referred Program (BVOR) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  To support a family of six, we endeavoured to raise $30,000 by the end of February 2016 to fulfil various obligations (as required by the Diocese of Hamilton).  Our application for sponsorship through the Diocese could only proceed when all funds were in place.

FEB. 14:  We are pleased to report that we have surpassed our fundraising goal!  Many thanks for your generosity and support!!

FEB. 29:  The Diocese confirmed receipt of St. Mark’s sponsorship application — it’s official!  St. Mark’s is now 2nd in line to be matched with a potential family.  This process will still require several weeks, maybe more, to move ahead.  Please stay tuned!

JUNE 2016:  Through the Diocese of Hamilton, St. Mark’s has been matched with a Syrian family of 6, expected to arrive in Canada in July. We look forward to welcoming them to our community!  Our Furniture and household donation drive is coming to a close! If you selected an item from the dollhouse display, please bring it to St. Mark’s this weekend (drop it off at the display, in the Narthex). For larger size items, please call Fiona Kangaloo at 226-808-4719 or email stmarkinkinddonations@gmail.com to arrange for pick up. Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we prepare to welcome this family!

OCT. 2016:  Our new Canadians arrived in Canada from Lebanon on Monday, September 19 and, already, many good things have happened. In addition to helping them get to know their new neighbourhood, members of our sponsorship committee have been helping the family with school enrolment, shopping, language assessment meetings, getting library cards, planning upcoming outings (they love swimming!), and much more. We’ve had a few bumps along the way (such as occasional language barriers) but so far, so good. It will take time for the family to settle; we’ll do our best to help. Again, on behalf of St. Mark’s Sponsorship Committee, many thanks for your prayers, support and generosity.

 

 

 

Men’s Group

FRIDAY MORNINGS AT 6:00 A.M.
Gather with other Christian men who want to grow their faith.
Although the focus of the discussion is usually a book – chosen from Sacred Scripture or a Spiritual Classic – the priority is prayer and building relationships as we grow closer to Christ.
If you are interested or have any questions please contact Bruce Cutting at 519-745-7490 or bruce@goldroast.ca or simply drop by the church at 6 am Friday mornings … we would love to have you join us!

C.W.L. News

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 $25 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.

For more information, email stmarkcwl@gmail.com or drop by the C.W.L. table in the Narthex.