St. Mark Catholic Parish

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

40 Days for Life Campaign

SEPTEMBER 23 — NOVEMBER 1, 2020

40 Days for Life will be holding a campaign of
prayer, fasting and prayerful witness
beginning on Sept. 23 and ending on Nov. 1.

Daily hours are from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:
Across the street from Freeport Hospital
(3570 King Street East, Kitchener)

We are asking that you prayerfully consider
signing up for one hour per week, or as you are able,
at www.40daysforlife.com/kitchener or call
Patrick or Rita at 519-748-5548 for more information.

Thank you for your support of the unborn!

Cell tower proposal

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

That Man Is You!

THAT MAN IS YOU!

“The Battle Over the Bride”

Men, mark your Fall 2020 calendars…

That Man is You! resumes Saturday Mornings, Sept. 19 to Dec. 12, from 7:30AM to 9:00AM in St. Mark’s Parish Hall.

That Man is You!  is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of male leadership in the modern world.  It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families and greater society.

To see Fall Semester Topics, please click here.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
www.TMIY.org
Ian Kangaloo – 226-808-4733
Marc Murchie – 416-729-6401

REGISTER ONLINE AT:
https://admin.paradisusdei.org/location_details/st-mark-catholic-church

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

 

Financial Support

Financial Support

If you are able, we hope you will consider continuing your financial support of the parish during this period of shut-down.  Being unable to open our doors means we will not be receiving regular contributions to help us pay our bills – which continue to come in, even while we are closed.

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!

2020 First Holy Communion (Gr. 2’s)

The following letter and blank enrollment form was sent home with each Grade 2 student attending St. Mark’s and St. Dominic’s Schools in the Fall of 2019.  If you did not receive this package, or if your child attends a different school, please pick up a package from the parish office.

October 2019

Dear Parents:

SACRAMENTS of  FIRST RECONCILIATION and  FIRST EUCHARIST

You are receiving this letter because you have a child attending Grade 2, which is commonly the time, around age 7, when a person is eligible to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation (First Confession) and First Eucharist.

The Sacraments are sacred mystery and they are at the very root and life of the Church.  Our faith teaches that through Sacrament, God becomes present to His Church in a unique way that imparts a grace.  To be considered a full member of the Catholic Church, a person must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.  For this reason, this is a very important moment in the faith development of your child because it imparts a Catholic identity.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life that unites us to one another, to the Church and to Christ Himself, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”  As Catholic parents, I encourage you to take an active role in ensuring that your child has a sufficient age-related understanding and is ready to receive their First Confession and First Holy Communion.  Attending Sunday Mass on a regular basis is the single-most important thing you can do as a parent in the Sacramental and Faith Development of your child. Through weekly participation in the Sunday Eucharist and yearly celebrations of the Seasons, we experience a living faith and enter into the life of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.

The parish-based program consists of five meetings (see dates below) and will follow the Diocese of Hamilton’s Sacramental Guidelines for the Christian Initiation of Children, which can be found on their website at http://www.hamiltondiocese.com/offices/ catechesis/sacraments/parents.

To request and enroll for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, all candidates are asked to attend one of the Masses on the weekend of Nov. 30 / Dec. 1 (the First Sunday of Advent): 

Enrollment Ceremony Mass:
Sat. Nov. 30 at 5:00 pm … OR … Sun. Dec. 1 at 9:30 OR 11:30 am
During this Mass, Candidates will be asked to come forward after Communion and present their completed enrollment form requesting the two Sacraments.

Preparation Meetings: 
SUNDAYS AFTER 11:30AM MASS (approx. 12:30)
Candidates are expected to attend sessions 2 through 5.  Parents are expected to attend three sessions (Jan. 12, Feb. 2 and Feb. 23).  There will be no opportunity to make-up missed sessions.

Session # Sunday Date: For:
1: January 12 Parents
2: January 26 Candidates
3: February 2 Candidates
(and Parents with Fr. Steve)
4: February 9 Candidates
5: February 23 Candidates
(and Parents with Fr. Steve)

The Sacrament of First ReconciliationPOSTPONED
At the Feb. 23rd meeting, parents will have the opportunity to sign-up for one of the following dates to bring their child for their first confession:
Thursday, April 16 from 6:30-7:30 pm  in the church
OR
Saturday, April 18 from 9:45-10:45 am  in the church

School Day Retreat & RehearsalPOSTPONED
Approx. 9:45 – 2:30 at the Church:
– Thursday, April 23 for St. Dominic students
– Wed., April 29 for St. Mark students

The Sacrament of First Holy EucharistPOSTPONED
– Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm  for St. Dominic students
– Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:00 pm  for St. Mark students
(If your child does not attend St. Dominic School or St. Mark School you may choose either of the dates above.)

Peace,
Fr. Steve Murrin

2020 Confirmation (Gr. 7’s)

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

The following letter and blank form was sent home with each Grade 7 student attending St. Mark’s and St. Dominic’s Schools in the Fall of 2019.  If you did not receive this package, or if your child attends a different school, please pick up a package from the parish office.

November 2019

Dear Parents:

You are receiving this letter because you have a child attending Grade Seven, the grade when a person is eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Sacraments are sacred mystery and they are at the very root and life of the Church.  Our faith teaches that through Sacrament, God becomes present to His Church in a unique way that calls the person receiving the Sacrament into relationship with Him.  To be considered a full member of the Catholic Church, a person must have received the three Sacraments of Christian Initiation:  Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.  For this reason, this is a very important moment in the faith development of your child because it imparts a Catholic identity.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life that unites us to one another, to the Church and to Christ Himself, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.”  Therefore, if you are requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation for your child, as Catholic parents, I encourage you to take an active role in ensuring your son or daughter will have a sufficient understanding and be ready to receive the Sacrament next spring.  Attending Sunday Mass and receiving the Eucharist is the single-most important thing you can do as a parent, and, in doing so, we enter into the life of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.

The parish-based preparation program consists of five meetings (see dates below) and will follow the Diocese of Hamilton’s Sacramental Guidelines for the Christian Initiation of Children, which can be found on their website at http://www.hamiltondiocese.com/offices/ catechesis/sacraments/parents.

To request and enroll for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist, all candidates should attend one of the Masses on the weekend of Nov. 30 / Dec. 1 (the First Sunday of Advent):

Enrollment Ceremony Mass:
Sat. Nov. 30 at 5:00 p.m.  OR  Sun. Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m.  OR  11:30 a.m.
During this Mass, Candidates will be asked to come forward after Communion and present their completed enrollment form requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Preparation Meetings:
SUNDAYS AFTER 11:30AM MASS (approx. 12:30)
Candidates are expected to attend sessions 2 through 5.  Parents are expected to attend three sessions (Jan. 12, April 19 and May 3).  There will be no opportunity to make-up missed sessions.

Session # Sunday Date: For:
1 January 12 Parents
2 March 29 Candidates
3 April 19 Candidates and Parents (teaching Mass)
4 May 3 Candidates (and Parents with Fr. Steve)
5 May 17 Candidates

Rehearsal:
Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm at the Church

The Sacrament of Confirmation:
Monday, May 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm with Bishop Fred Colli

Candidates should arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. to gather in the parish hall to get sized for their gown.  Red gowns are rented by the parish.  An offering of $10 to help defray the cost to the parish is greatly appreciated, and can be sent to your child’s teacher before May 1, 2020.

Peace,
Fr. Steve Murrin

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

Men’s Group

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!