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Saint Mark Parish News
Updated June 8th, 2024

 

Dear St. Mark Family,

Thank you for being awesome! We’re only in the first week of June and we’ve already accomplished a lot: Corpus Christi Sunday, First Holy Communion, First Thursday Adoration, and the recently celebrated Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! We are truly a family full of faith!

We continue our faith journey as we enter into the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Be inspired by this weekend’s First Reading (2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1) to keep our faith strong. No matter what challenges we face, we trust in God’s promises for our hope in eternal life gives us strength.

On-going this Saturday is the St. Mark Men’s Retreat, Listen to the Heart of Jesus, with Deacons Dave Reaves and Calvin Bailey as guest speakers. Pray for the 13 participants that they may be renewed and be refilled with God’s grace and love.

Do you know of anyone who’s a member of Class of 2024? Please invite them to receive blessings and prayers at this weekend’s Masses.

It’s not too late to win a 4-person, 2-hour bowling pass at Bowlero for Father's Day! Support Parish Life as they sell raffle tickets after all Masses this weekend. Winner will be drawn at 12 noon.

Calling ALL Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Mass Coordinators, Altar Server Coordinators - currently active and newly interested! Please attend one of the two training sessions on June 9th or June 23rd, at 12:00 pm in the sanctuary. Currently active ministers are highly encouraged to attend one of the sessions as a refresher, especially if serving in multiple ministries. The training will provide instructions and updates for each ministry along with additional focus on Mass protocols when serving alongside other ministries during Mass. For any question, contact Deacon John Kren at jkren@richmonddiocese.org

Please join First Communicants and their families for a St. Mark Cupcake Reception on Sunday, June 9th at 11:30am in the GH.

Current altar servers, those who recently celebrated First Holy Communion, and those interested in becoming altar servers are invited to join Seminarian Sam McPeak for altar server training on Tuesday, June 11th and 18th at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. Pizza will be served!

Justice and Peace Migrant Ministry: For the month of June, we are collecting items for the Eastern Shore Migrant Ministry male workers. Items needed are new or gently used Men’s baseball or sun Hats, men’s socks, men’s sneakers, or work shoes sizes 6-10, men’s long sleeve shirts, dark colored men’s boxer briefs and full-size toiletries for men. Please place items in the marked bin in Great Hall next to the Justice & Peace table. Deadline for donations is Sunday, July 9th. For more information contact justiceandpeace@stmark-parish.org.

Book Club meets on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:30 pm in the parish library to discuss the recent book assigned- Too Small a World: The Life of Mother Frances Cabrini by Theodore Maynard.

Wisdom Seekers will celebrate Flag Day for their monthly potluck luncheon on Friday, June 14th at 12pm in the Great Hall. Hotdogs and ice cream provided. Last name beginning with A-M please bring a fruit/desert, and N-Z bring a side dish/salad.

VBS registration continues for participants and volunteers alike. VBS themeis “Scuba! Diving into Relationship with God” and is scheduled on July22-26. If you're eager to make a splash and be part of this incredible journey, we invite you to join our VBS team! Sign up today! https://vbspro.events/p/add61c

Do you know of someone who could be a good fit in a busy, always on-the-go but fun and energetic work environment? Encourage him/her to be a part of the Religious Formation staff as RF Administrative Assistant. The position asks for 18 hrs. per week; the weekly schedule is flexible; however, Sunday work availability is a must for this position with occasional night schedule.

Summer Choir has begun on June 2nd and will continue every Sunday until Labor Day. Singers High School through Adult can just show up for rehearsal in the Music Room 30 minutes before each mass. Questions? Contact Mark Smeland, Music Director music.director@stmark-parish.org.

The Gospel for the 10thSunday in Ordinary time invites us to examine our own understanding of community and spiritual kinship. We are called to embrace our fellow believers as brothers and sisters in Christ, irrespective of societal or familial divisions. Through this redefinition of family, we are challenged to extend the boundaries of our love, acknowledging the unity we share as part of God's spiritual family. Thank you once again, St. Mark family!

Do not let the past disturb you. Leave everything in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and begin again with joy. ~St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta