Summer is practically upon us! With the warmer weather and the end of the school year fast approaching, we’re getting ready for our ‘welcome summer!’ BBQ at Saint Mark. Hosted by Saint Mark Catholic Classical School, all are welcome to join in celebrating the start of the summer season.
The BBQ will take place on Friday, June 2nd from 3:30 pm to 6 pm. Sign up to bring a salad, side dish, drinks, or condiments. If you sign up, please bring the item(s) with you. Do not drop off before the event starts; we do not have space or storage. If you have a canopy please feel free to bring it, as the event will be outside.
We hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of food, fun, and good company!
Saint Mark parish will be having two altar server training days in late May and early June. There will be two training sessions on each day – one training for senior servers (for junior servers only) and one training for apprentice servers (new servers).
The schedule is
Wednesday, May 31st
2-3 pm – senior server training
2:30-3 pm – apprentice server training
Saturday, June 10th
10:30-11:30 am – senior server training
11:30 am-12 pm – apprentice server training
Catholics of any age may be altar servers – there is NO upper age limit! To be an altar server, a person must be:
a baptized Catholic in good standing with the Church
a member of Saint Mark parish community
have received First Holy Communion
carry a desire to more deeply understand and serve at Mass
be willing to commit to regular ministry (at least twice monthly)
Generally speaking, minutes will be available within five weeks of the preceding meeting – this allows the council to review the minutes, approve them with any changes, and the secretary to edit them accordingly before they are published online.
The Church dedicates this Sunday (April 30th, or the 4th Sunday of Easter) as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Below is a brief litany for vocations, meant to be prayed together – ideally before the Blessed Sacrament. Regardless of where it is prayed, let us pray it together today in our church and in our homes, asking the Lord to bless our own discernment as well as the discernment of those whom He is calling to service as priests and religious.
Please read Father Maurer’s letter (below) urging all members of our community to take action today to help safeguard the seal of confession. Senate Bill 5280 is going to be voted on soon and, in its current form, would require priests to report child abuse or neglect even if that information was obtained inside the confessional during the sacrament of reconciliation.