St. Mark Catholic Parish

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

Men’s Group

THE MYSTERY OF GOD

St. Mark Men’s Group is offering a new 6-week course from Bishop Robert Barron:

“The Mystery of God”
starting April 24 at 8:15 a.m. on Zoom

In The Mystery of God, Bishop Robert Barron reaches into the rich intellectual tradition of Catholicism, using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Pope Benedict XVI, to uncover a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God.”

Who is God?  And why does He matter?

Watch this series and you’ll not only learn the answers yourself, but you’ll discover how to share them with others – especially those who no longer believe.

For more information follow this link: https://www.wordonfire.org/study-programs/mystery-of-god/ – which includes a sample of the first lesson.

Interested men can email ian.kangaloo@gmail.com  or use this link to join us Saturday on Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88175643010?pwd=NTlBejRVa1NGU1pWOXYvRFdrdm81UT09
Meeting ID:  881 7564 3010
Passcode:  940236

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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all
meetings are cancelled until further notice.

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!

2021 First Holy Communion (Gr. 2’s)

Parents of Catholic children in Grade 2 who wish to have their child receive their First Holy Communion this Spring (as well as those in Grade 3 who may have missed in 2020) are asked to download the following letter and enrollment form.

Please fill out the enrollment form, scan it or take a photo of it, attach it to an email and send it back to the PARISH (not the school) at stmark@rogers.com before February 28, 2021.  Please also attach a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.

If you require assistance, please email Pam at the parish office (stmark@rogers.com).

2021 Confirmation (Gr. 7’s)

Parents of Catholic children in Grade 7 whose child wishes to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Spring (as well as those in Grade 8 who may have missed in 2020) are asked to download the following letter and enrollment form.

Please fill out the enrollment form, scan it or take a photo of it, attach it to an email and send it back to the PARISH (not the school) at stmark@rogers.com before February 28, 2021.  Please also attach a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.

If you require assistance, please email Pam at the parish office (stmark@rogers.com).

That Man Is You!

THAT MAN IS YOU!

THE BATTLE OVER THE BRIDE

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 ian.kangaloo@gmail.com 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:
https://go.virtualcatholicconference.com/NCMC2021

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 (stmark@rogers.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!

Cell tower proposal

For more information about Rogers’ cell tower proposal, please click here.

Virtual Mass

TELEVISED MASS:

Vision TV
(To find your channel, enter your postal code and service provider at www.visiontv.ca)
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.

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

ONLINE MASS:

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

 

Legion of Mary

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all
meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Join the Legion of Mary!

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries around the world.

New regular and auxillary members for the St. Mark’s Mary, Our Mother of Perpetual Help Praesidium are always welcome!

For more information, please contact:  LOMStMark@gmail.com  or COME TO ONE OF OUR MEETINGS, held Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Matthew Room to learn about the Legion and how YOU can become a member!!

Book Borrowing Program 

books

Looking to grow in your knowledge?  Have great religious books and sacramentals you’d like to share with others?  This year as part of the Year of Faith, our Legion of Mary has put together a Book Borrow Program on the shelves in the St. Matthew’s room.  Our new book borrow is a great place for you to pick up free blessed sacramentals and borrow great Catholic books for as long as you’d like.  Come and take a look at what is available during your next visit to the parish!

If you are interested in adding to the available books and sacramentals,  or if you have any questions, please contact the Legion at: lomstmarks@gmail.com

Knights of Columbus

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all
meetings are cancelled until further notice.

St. Mark’s Council 9276
MEETS MONTHLY
(4th 
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.)

For more info, please visit:  www.kofc9276.org

C.W.L. News

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March 17, 2020

Good morning,

In this extra ordinary time in our diocese, province, country and the world, it is prudent to stop to reflect and adjust our plans as needed.

Many councils have already decided to postpone their activities.  The Diocese of Hamilton updated the list of closures and suspension of activities at the diocesan offices and in parishes yesterday.  Now that a state of emergency has been declared in Ontario, any public events for more that 50 people are formally prohibited until March 31, 2020.

With an abundance of caution the following Catholic Women’s League activities have been postponed:

  • Kitchener Region Meeting – March 21, 2020
  • North Region Meeting – March 28, 2020
  • 100th Anniversary Dinner & Dance – April 18, 2020
  • 100th Anniversary Candlelight Memorial Prayer Service – April 26, 2020

These events have not been cancelled but have been postponed until circumstances allow them to be held safely.  Information that was to be presented at the Kitchener and north region meetings and that which was presented at the Hamilton meeting will be posted on the website, www.cwlhamilton.ca shortly.

No decision has yet been made regarding the open executive meeting scheduled to take place in Hamilton on April 20, 2020 or the convention scheduled for May 29 – 31, 2020.  If that changes you will be informed through the regional chairs and through the website.

I have said it many times before but it is good to reiterate that we continue to “travel this road together, for God and Canada.”  It certainly is a bumpy road!

Blessings today and always.

Catherine

President
Diocesan Catholic Women’s League

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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.

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