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Saint Mark Adult Faith Formation

 

The Catholic Church of St. Mark has ministries for women and men, which provide unique opportunities to deepen your faith, to have fellowship, and to become the best versions of the women and men that God created us to be.

 

Small Faith Groups

Growing in our faith never ends.  We are called to continue to deepen our relationship with Christ our whole life long.  We believe that being in relationship with one another is essential to deepening our faith and strengthening our parish.

Our ongoing small faith groups allow us to gather, learn, and share/discuss the traditions, sacraments, theology and prayers of our Church while building community.

For 2023 – 2024 we will be looking at the following topics:

  • Fall/Advent: Join us as we walk through 'The Mass' with Bishop Robert Barron in his new six-week Program beginning September 17th!
    With Bishop Barron as our guide, we will see how the Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm. We’ll come to realize that the Mass is the most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord, Jesus Christ here on earth. Several study group sessions are available to fit your schedule and signups are available in the commons.

  • Spring/Lent: TBD

  •  Easter/Pentecost: TBD

 

 

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The Men of St. Joseph (MOSJ) is more than a Bible Study or prayer group. We are a group of active lay Catholic Men, dedicated to supporting each other as we strive to become our families’ spiritual leaders by strengthening our faith, living each day as “real world” examples of Christ, and positively influencing our communities. Through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Men of St. Joseph dedicatee themselves to the following mission: “Put the family in the hands of the Father.”
MOSJ is open to adult men of all ages, especially those men who are actively involved in their work, communities and families. We acknowledge that our incredibly hectic schedules and personal time demands lead us to a “life of quiet desperation,” racing through each day, unable to set aside the time needed to focus on building a deep relationship with God. Our weekly morning meetings are a tangible commitment to making real life changes. MOSJ members gather to read and discuss the Lectionary Readings for upcoming weekend’s Mass, focusing on our relationship with God and each other before our minds become cluttered with the day’s events. In doing so, we strive to positively develop and nurture meaningful spiritual lives, actions by ordinary men that will hopefully inspire others to join with us on this lifelong journey. 
 
If you’re interested, please join us each Thursday at 6:00am in the Great Hall. Topic: Lectionary Readings for the upcoming weekend’s Mass
 
If you would like to learn more about The Men of St. Joseph, please visit the national website at https://www.menofstjoseph.com, or f you have questions about our MOSJ group at St. Mark, please contact either Dan Wood (757-647-2135) or Dave Fritsch (757-477-9788).
 
  

Ladies Book Club

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The Women’s Book Club continues to seek new membership. This group is comprised of women of varied ages and diverse backgrounds. It is a compatible group with members who share an appreciation for the Catholic Church and its teachings. The group strives to learn more about our Catholic faith through the works of varied authors and genre. Every other month, for approximately 90 minutes, the ladies gather to share ideas and insights acquired from a preselect
ed book.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday June 11th at 6:30pm in the Saint Mark Library. Please consider joining us for a lively and informative discussion. New members are always welcome! Questions? Contact Kendra at kdimichele76@gmail.com  

 We are currently readin"Too Small a World: The Life of Mother Frances Cabrini"
by Theodore Maynard

Too Small a World 

 

"The world is too small," Saint Frances Cabrini (1850–1917) once declared. "I would like to embrace it all, to reach every corner." This compelling, authoritative biography chronicles the astounding life of a petite Italian-born religious sister who, with the heart of a missionary, conquered all odds to become the first American citizen canonized a saint.

Theodore Maynard traces Cabrini's journey from her humble beginnings in northern Italy to her pioneering mission across the United States serving the poor and the sick on a massive scale. Between her work with immigrants (in New York, Denver, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, and beyond), her building of schools, orphanages, and hospitals, and her founding of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mother Cabrini's entrepreneurial work would change the course of American history, marking it with Christ's mercy.

Maynard draws his material directly from the official files for Cabrini's canonization, from her letters, and from interviews with Missionary Sisters who were close to her. What emerges from this complex portrait is a woman of boundless compassion, courage, and energy, whose legacy continues to inspire people around the world today.

"If anybody could effect the impossible," writes Theodore Maynard, "it was this Italian nun."