St. Mark Catholic Parish

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

2017 Confirmation (Gr. 7’s)

GRADE 7 CONFIRMATION PROGRAM FOR 2017

Date of Confirmation:
May 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. with Monsignor Murray Kroetsch

PARENT INFORMATION MEETING:
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
Please bring your child’s Confirmation Registration Form, along with a copy of their baptismal certificate, to this meeting.  
If you cannot locate your child’s baptism certificate, you can obtain a new copy by calling the parish where the baptism took place.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION SESSIONS: (Mandatory)
with Fr. Don Sanvido at St. Mark’s Church for ALL Grade 7 candidates 
(regardless of school affiliation, i.e. catholic, public, homeschooled), sponsors (if possible) and parents.  Sessions will take place following the Sunday 11:30 Mass (take a 10-minute break after Mass and reassemble in the church for 12:45 p.m. – in this way, you can come to Mass without having to return to the church during the week for these sessions).  Remember to be present at Mass each and every Sunday as well as for these sessions.
These required sessions provide an opportunity to learn more about our faith so that Confirmation itself will be a truly meaningful celebration of the sacrament.  Listed below are the dates, times and topics to be covered:

     Sunday Afternoons from 12:45 to 1:15pm  at St. Mark’s Church:
     FEB. 5
– Who is Jesus Christ?
     FEB.  19– The Meaning of Baptism
     MAR. 5– The Sacrament of Confirmation
     MAR. 19 – The Mass and the Eucharist
     APR. 1 – The Call to Holiness (The 10 Commandments)
     APR. 23– The Sacrament of God’s Mercy

ENROLLMENT MASSES:  (all schools)
Saturday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m. at the Church
Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 or 11:30 a.m. at the Church
(students may attend whichever Mass they please)

REHEARSAL:  (all schools)
– Thursday, May 4, 2017 
at 6:00 p.m. at the Church

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION:  (all schools)
– Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Church with Monsignor Murray Kroetsch

CONFIRMATION GOWNS:  All Grade 7’s will be wearing a red gown (robe) for Confirmation.  St. Mark Parish will rent the gowns and distribute them in the parish hall 30 minutes before the Confirmation Mass.  Please return the gown after the Mass (or after the photograph with the Bishop).  We would kindly ask each family to contribute $10.00 to the parish to help defray the cost of these gowns.  Donations can be sent to your child’s classroom teacher (cash, or cheque made payable to St. Mark’s Parish) by April 3, 2017.

Most importantly, continue to bring your child to Mass.
Their faith will grow when they are in the presence of the Lord!

Legion of Mary

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:  lomstmarks@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

2017 First Holy Communion (Gr. 2’s)

Grade 2 First Holy Communion Program for 2017

PARENT INFORMATION MEETING:
– Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the church
Please fill out a First Communion Registration Form, attach a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate, and bring both with you to this meeting.  If you have lost their certificate, you can obtain a new copy by calling the parish where the baptism took place.

2017 CATECHISM PROGRAM:
(Optional, but highly recommended.  Mandatory for public school students.)
The Sisters of Our Lady Immaculate will lead an excellent 8-week catechism program here at St. Mark’s Parish beginning in the Spring.  Please register your child using the form given out at the October parents’ meeting, or contact the parish office.
Class dates are:  March 21, 28, April 4, 11, 25, May 2, 9, 16.
Retreat on Sat. May 27 from 12:30-4:30pm (for catechism students only).

FIRST RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION):
– Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the church
Fr. Don and two or three more priests will be available to hear your child’s confession.  The service will begin at 6:30 p.m., and your family may leave right after your child receives their penance.  The whole service should last no longer than an hour.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS DATES:
– Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 2:00 PM
(with students from St. Dominic School)
– Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ 2:00 PM (with students from St. Mark School)

Most importantly, continue to bring your child to Mass.
Their faith will grow when they are in the presence of the Lord!

Young Catholic Adults (SMYCA)

S . M . Y . C . A .
St. Mark’s Young Catholic Adults

Open to anyone between the ages of 19-35, SMYCA (St. Mark’s Young Catholic Adults) offers the young adults of the parish a place to come for faith formation, fellowship, and fun.

Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/StMarksYoungCatholicAdults, follow us on Twitter @StMarksYCAdults, or email us at StMarksYoungCatholicAdults@gmail.com for information about our upcoming events!  You can also check the bulletin here for the latest!

“Dear young people, let yourselves be
taken over by the light of Christ,
and spread that light wherever you are.”
(St. Pope John Paul II)

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.

 

 

 

R.C.I.A. for adults (16+) interested in becoming Catholic

One of the chief works of the Church is to instruct people in the faith.  There are always people being directed by the Holy Spirit to join the Church.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, please let us know as soon as possible.  Many details must be discussed, of course, and we will do so at the appropriate time.  For now, pick up an R.C.I.A. Registration Form in the church lobby, fill it out and get it to the office or to me personally.  Classes begin in November.

Keep praying for guidance and, above all, do everything possible to get to Mass every Sunday.  May the Lord bring to completion the good work He has begun in you.  God Bless.  – Fr. Don

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!

Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

Come and spend some time each week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Jesus “waits for us in this Sacrament of Love,” where He appeals to each one of us:  “Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Matthew 6:40).

God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. See how the stars, the moon and the sun, move in perfect silence. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life. If you are numb, down and out, weakened by life or simply need a quiet holy place to rest before the Lord, who loves you immensely, come visit our St. Therese of the Child Jesus Perpetual Eucharist Adoration Chapel. St. John Vianney once compared Eucharistic adoration to spiritual sunbathing. You are taking in the warmth of the grace and love radiating from the Sacred Host.

To be there for one hour every week CALL Colette Dokis at 519-576-7490.

WEEKLY CHAPEL EVENTS:
Perpetual Adoration:
Spots open, see Chapel
Divine Mercy: Fridays 3:00 pm
Our Lady’s Rosary: 1st Saturday at 10:00 am
Benediction: 1st Sunday at 7:00 pm

 

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.

 

Knights of Columbus

St. Mark’s Council 9276
MONTHLY MEETING DATES
(
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.)

Sept. 22, 2015
Oct. 27, 2015
Nov. 24, 2015
(no Dec. meeting)
Jan. 26, 2016
Feb. 23, 2016
March 22, 2016
April 26, 2016
May 24, 2016
June 28, 2016
July 26, 2016

www.kofc9276.org