St. Mark Catholic Parish

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

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.

 

One Heart, One Soul Diocesan Campaign

Kickoff Weekend is here for
‘One Heart, One Soul’ Campaign!

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:
https://www.oneheartonesoul.ca/watch

Campaign Case Statement:
https://en.calameo.com/read/0035091101678277e6403

Campaign Leadership:
https://www.oneheartonesoul.ca/campaign-leadership

Frequently Asked Questions:
https://www.oneheartonesoul.ca/faq

Lectio Divina

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:
http://ocarm.org/en/lectio-divina
.
Once there, simply browse for the correct day of the week,
and click on “Read more.”

 

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

 

Parish Prayer Network

St. Mark’s has a Prayer Network

Are you in need of prayer?  If you are experiencing loss, sadness, illness or grief, if you are struggling with questions of faith or have a particular concern, please let us know.  We have a dedicated group of people who will pray for your request.  You can email your request to marysheartofprayer@gmail.com.  Your request for prayer can be anonymous if you prefer.

LOOKING FOR FAITH-FILLED INTERCESSORS…  If you have a heart for prayer and would like to pray for the confidential needs of others, please send an email to marysheartofprayer@gmail.com.

Lighthouse Catholic Media CD’s

Available in the narthex:  $5 each or $20 for five

We are sure these CD’s will be a blessing to you and your family.

The display kiosk will remain in the Narthex and new titles will continually be added.

Why not listen to them in the car?  Of course the CD’s also make excellent gifts for family and friends, and can fit easily into a card.  And, as CD’s are often passed on, you never know who might end up listening to them and how the faith may be spread!