Happy Advent! I hope that you’re enjoying these final days before Christmas. Once again, we are blessed with beautiful snowfall in the Seattle area. I admit that I very much enjoy waking up to a winter wonderland – though it plays havoc with us each time it comes around.
With that in mind, I wanted to share the latest with regard to the cold temperatures, snow, and ice here at Saint Mark parish. Foremost, our schedule of Masses & confessions is unchanged. We will have our planned daily Masses, confessions, and Christmas Masses. For your convenience, the schedule is included below.
When you do come to church, please drive extra slowly and walk carefully. We are clearing snow as best we can (the new snowblower is fun!) and putting down salt on the walkways. Despite our best efforts, icy roads & sidewalks are a strong likelihood – please take special care in walking around the campus.
One schedule change we are making is that our parish offices will be closed for the rest of this week and throughout next week (December 21 – December 31). The parish emergency line will be ready for emergencies involving death or dying. For everything else, please leave a voice message or send an e-mail to the appropriate staff member. We will get back to you when we return to the office on Tuesday, January 3.
Finally, I want to acknowledge that the heat in the church at Saint Mark has not been what it should be. We’ve been working hard over the last several weeks to track it down, but for now, the heat is intermittent. The good news is that we do have heat! However, it can’t quite keep up with these freezing temperatures. When you come to Masses, consider wearing an extra layer. I’m not saying you should wear the sweater from your family ‘ugly sweater’ contest – but something warm wouldn’t go awry!
All of us among the faculty & staff of Saint Mark are looking forward to celebrating this Christmas, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and New Years with you!
Yours in Christ,
Dec. 24th (Christmas Eve): 5pm
Dec. 25th (Christmas): 12am & 10:30am
Mary, Mother of God Masses
Dec. 31 (New Year’s Eve): 5pm
Jan. 1 (New Year’s Day): 8:30am * 10:30am