Congratulations Gabriel Michael McSwain. Gabriel was baptized Sunday, December 8th at St. Mark the Evangelist parish. Gabriel is the son of Michael and Maggie. The St. Mark parish community wishes to send our congratulations to Gabriel, his parents, godparents, family and friends. We warmly welcome him as a son of God our Father, and a member of His Church.
(Romereports.com)During his daily morning Mass at the Vatican,Pope Francis talked about taking action. He said Christian words can't simply be uttered, but above it all they should be put into practice. Not doing so, said the Pope, only causespain and division in the Church.
"Christian words without Christ leads to vanity and self-sufficiency, to pride and power. The Lord crumbles these people. We see this is a constant throughout the history of Salvation. Anna, the mother of Samuel says it. Mary also says it in the Magnificat. The Lord destroys the vanity and pride of those who believe they are like rocks.”
The Pope said that listening to the Word of God and putting it into practice, can be compared tobuilding one's life upon a stable rock.
"The Gospel brings us into the very presence of Jesus who is fulfilling the Isaian prophecy. In it, Jesus the Messiah has arrived. His various miracles of healing demonstrate that the kingdom of God, and its transforming power, has arrived. We ourselves have experienced its healing power, for example, through the forgiveness of sins and the joy of living a virtuous life in the presence of God."
All High School students are invited and encouraged to come join the fellowship and fun Wednesday, December 18, 2013. We will meet in the youth room at 8 pm and talk about the true meaning of Christmas while reflecting on what really happened the night Jesus was born.
Stewardship in Action
05 December 2013
CYO Service Projects
Description: Help the Youth Minister in organizing and carrying out service projects.
Commitment: For individual projects at various times.
Questions and to sign-up: Emily Savage @ 213-4478.
Please visit our CYO Joy of Giving Tree located in the Parish Hall. Take one or more ornament cards and return your gifts to the Parish Hall Advent Tree by Sunday, December 22nd. Please attach the card to your donation. Your generosity to the Food Pantry and a Better Choice is greatly appreciated!!
(Romereports.com) During his daily morning Mass at the Vatican, the Pope talked about the so called 'Christian frame of mind.' The Pope explained that it's necessary to use the mind, but also the heart and soul.
“We must always use the spirit of intelligence to fully understand the signs of the times. It's beautiful to ask the Lord for this grace, so that He may send us this Spirit of intelligence. That way we won't have weak thoughts, we won't have restricted thoughts or those based solely on our personal preference.”
"The first step in the spiritual life is simple: you must see your life not as your own project but as a vehicle for God's purposes. However, we are all absorbed in our own lives, forgetting that the road to God is one of self-forgetfulness. This disposition helps us to focus on Christ and his mission. But in order for us to do this we must be cleansed of all attachments and baptized in the fiery love of God."
Dead Theologians Society (DTS) is directed towards high school students and young adults with the intent of leading young people down the path to Sainthood. Each month, the youth will gather for prayer and fellowship while learning about a particular Saint. Throughout the month, the youth are encouraged to imitate the life of the saint so they too can reach the goal of Heaven. Come join the CYO on December 11, 2013 to learn about the life a saint. We will meet from 8-9pm in the Youth Room located downstairs in the Parish Hall.
Remember your loved ones with a poinsettia this Christmas season. Green envelopes are available in the back of Church, on the table. Fill out and return in the collection basket or to the office, with a $15.00 suggested donation. Names will be written in the Memorial Book, and placed by the crib for the season. Deadline is Sunday, December 1st.