The Sanctuary Lamp
Burns this week for:
The Intentions of St. Mark’s Prayer Network
(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)
The St. Mark Men’s Group hasn’t let the pandemic slow us down!
That Man is You! resumes Saturday mornings
January 23rd – April 24th at 8:15 am on Zoom.
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 www.tmiy.org for more information.
Until we return to our breakfast meeting format, men watch a 30-minute video during the week, then meet to discuss via Zoom on Saturdays
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions and to receive the weekly email with the Zoom link and access to the videos.
That Man is You! is offering a FREE virtual Lenten Retreat to kick off Lent where you can experience for yourself the unique spirituality of TMIY.
Sign up for the retreat at:
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 (email@example.com).
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.
September 21/22, 2019 is Kickoff Weekend for our parish!
The Diocese of Hamilton is conducting the One Heart, One Soul Campaign
to raise money for every parish in the Diocese and for shared ministries.
Our parish is in the current wave of parishes participating in the campaign,
and you’ll soon be receiving a packet of information in the mail.
Once you have read over the information, we ask you to
prayerfully consider making a gift to the effort.
If you missed seeing the Campaign Video after Mass,
or had a hard time hearing it, please watch it here:
Campaign Case Statement:
Frequently Asked Questions:
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.”