St. Mark Catholic Parish

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

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!