The Sanctuary Lamps
Burn this week for:
A private intention
(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)
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.
This year will feature a new multi-speaker format covering topics at the forefront of our Christian lives: The Life of Prayer, Sexual Ethics, Biblical Scholarship, Faith and Science, among others! It’s the best year yet and not to be missed.
Breakfast begins at St. Mark’s Parish Hall at 7:15 a.m. followed by a video presentation and group discussion. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or to sign up.
THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED ON NOV. 11 2021.
Catholic children in Grade 2 during the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to receive the sacrament in the Spring of 2022. If you would like your child to be included, please email Pam at the parish office (email@example.com) before January to add your name to our contact list. You will then receive regular updates about the preparation process via email.
THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED ON NOV. 11 2021.
Catholic students in Grade 7 during the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to receive the sacrament in the Spring of 2022. If you would like your child to be included, please email Pam at the parish office (firstname.lastname@example.org) before January to add your name to our contact list. You will then receive regular updates about the preparation process via email.
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!
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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.
ST. MARK’S COUNCIL 9276
For current info and meeting dates, please visit: www.kofc9276.org
50-50 ONLINE RAFFLE
To purchase tickets:
March 17, 2020
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:
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.
Diocesan Catholic Women’s League
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the C.W.L. table in the Narthex.
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.”
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.
2022 Update: Parishioners may inquire into possible vacant hours by calling or emailing the parish.