We wish everyone a blessed and safe Memorial Day. Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, will be at 9:00 a.m. The parish office will be closed.
For our Catholic Chaplains and all in military service this Memorial Day, we can pray:
"God, we beseech Thee, watch over those exposed to the horrors of war and to the spiritual dangers of a soldier's, a sailor's or airman's life. Give them such a strong faith that no human respect may ever lead them to deny it, or fear to practice it. Do Thou by Thy grace, fortify them against the contagion of bad example, that, being preserved from vice, and serving Thee faithfully, they may be ready to meet death whenever it may happen through Christ Our Lord.
"O Sacred Heart, inspire them with sorrow for sin, and grant them pardon. Mother of God, be with them in battle, and if they should be called to make the supreme sacrifice, obtain for them that they may die in the grace of Thy Divine Son.
What Catholics Believe About Stewardship explains how to be good stewards, the difference between the Spiritual Works of Mercy and the Corporal Works of Mercy, the Stewardship of Time, the Stewardship of Talent, and the Stewardship of Treasure. It then tells us how we can bring all of this into our daily lives.
Along with many other pamphlets to help you grow in the Catholic faith, What Catholics Believe About: Stewardship, is available in the back of Church.
“Infinite possibilities are born of faith”. Totus Tuus will be July 21-26 at St. Mark’s. Volunteers are needed. Call Emily Savage with questions at 213-4478. More information will be coming in the bulletin.
From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis has sent a telegram to the Archbishop of Oklahoma City to express his deep concern for the victims, injured and homeless in the wake of a devastating tornado. The Holy Father has followed with deep concern the aftermath of the devastating tornado which has struck Oklahoma and he asks you convey to the entire community the assurance of his solidarity and closeness in prayer. Conscious of the tragic loss of life and the immensity of the work of rebuilding that lies ahead, he asks Almighty God to grant eternal rest to the departed, comfort to the afflicted, and strength and hope to the homeless and the injured. In a particular way he commends to the Father of mercies the many young children among the victims and their grieving families. Upon the local civil and religious leaders, and upon all involved in the relief efforts, His Holiness invokes the Risen Lord’s gifts of consolation, strength and perseverance in every good.
If you would like to help the relief efforts, secure online donations may be made to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.
(Romereports.com) The Pope will be traveling to Brazil to lead World Youth Day at the end of July. The Vatican has released what the Pope's schedule will look like during his visit to Rio de Janeiro.
From July 22nd to the 29th, the Pope will be in Brazil. His schedule will include visiting slums, meeting with business leaders, having lunch with the youth, including young prisoners. The Pope will also lead different World Youth Day events, including a Vigil and a Mass at the 'Campus Fidei' de Guaratiba.
The uniqueness of the claim "God has spoken" has lead Christians to refer to God as a Trinity. The Trinity denotes God as speaker, the Word spoken (i.e. Christ) and the interpreter of the Word (i.e. Holy Spirit). It is always better to have the author interpret his word for you when reading his works. This is how the Church understands the Holy Spirit in helping her understand God's Word.
Congratulations Reece David Simon and Noah David Shideler. Both children were baptized Sunday, May 12 at St. Mark the Evangelist parish. Reece is the son of Daniel and Jenni Simon. Noah is the son of William and Kara Shideler. The St. Mark parish community wishes to send our congratulations to Reece and Noah, their parents, godparents, family and friends. We warmly welcome them as sons of God our Father, and members of His Church.
(Romereports.com) The coat of arms for Pope Francis is nearly identical to the one he used as archbishop, notable for its simplicity.
Following in the steps of Benedict XVI, he replaced the triple crown with a triple mitre, symbolizing the Pope's three missions to teach, govern and judge. Behind the mitre are the crossed keys of St. Peter, one gold and one silver, united by a red string.
The coat of arms itself features a blue background with a sun at the top center. Inside are the initials for the Jesuit Order, IHS, with a cross on the letter H and three small nails underneath the letters.
On the lower left is a star representing the Virgin Mary, and on the lower right is a branch of the tuberose flower, representing St. Joseph, the patron of the Universal Church.