The Sanctuary Lamps
Burn this week for:
+ Linda Hopf
(If you would like to have the Sanctuary light burn for a deceased loved one, or for someone’s intentions, please contact the parish office.)
"…The seed is sprouting and growing…" (Mark 4:27)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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: www.hamiltondiocese.com/covid19parishfund 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!
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.
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.”