WELCOME TO ST. MARK’S PARISH; Mass times: Sunday 9:30am, 11:30am; Weekdays 12:10pm
This is the official website of St. Mark’s Parish in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Our church provides a home for both students and residents living on or near the University of British Columbia Campus (UBC). Whether you are a Catholic Christian looking to further your faith and service, or someone seeking knowledge of the faith and spirituality, you are welcome here! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Some general orientation information can be found here.
Welcome visitors and newcomers!
Make St. Mark’s your new home!. We are delighted to have you join our parish family and any of our vibrant ministries. Please complete our Parish Registration Form so we can get to know you better. Parish envelopes are available at the chapel’s front desk. Make sure to write your name and contact info (phone/email) on the first few envelopes you use. This information enables the parish to match envelope # with family names. Current parishioners needing to update their parish records, kindly complete a new parish registration form, so you get prompt parish corre-spondence. We are forever grateful for your continued SUPPORT!
Tell Pope Francis what you are thinking
The Vatican has launched an online survey for young people in preparation for the Synod on Young People: the Faith and Vocational Discernment. We are encouraging all young people (16-29 years old) to take some time to fill out the survey. This is a great opportunity for all to be heard and to offer your input directly to the Vatican.
The survey can be found here: https://survey-synod2018.glauco.it/limesurvey/index.php/147718
This link leads to the preparatory document for the synod.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey.
Jesuits at UBC
Ordination of John O’Brien. With joy and gratitude in God’s grace the Jesuits in English Canada celebrated the ordination to the priesthood of John D. O’Brien. Have a look at photos and the story here…
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
“In whose hands does all this power lie? It is extremely risky for only a small part of humanity to have it.” These words from Pope Francis have sparked a discussion that explores global money power and asks the question, who makes the rules? Read more, and other articles on the Jesuit Forum here
Please also refer to our page…
Famine Relief Appeal “PRAY-GIVE-SPEAK OUT”
20 million people are experiencing severe food insecurity & facing starvation in South Sudan, Somalia, Northeastern Nigeria, & Yemen. Canadian Jesuits International, and Development and Peace, are two of three Catholic agencies as part of an inter-faith coalition to raise funds and awareness in relation to this dire food crisis. We appeal to our faithful, & all people of good will, to: Pray, Give, Speak out. Read more here…
Current Events and Announcements
Project Advance 2017 Project Advance is our annual appeal that enables the pastoral work and spiritual mission of our local Church to flourish. Your gift to Project Advance helps us meet the material and spiritual need of our Church and parishes.
This year’s appeal focuses on the message One Faith. One Church. One Family. Our faith community is expansive and despite our geographical locations and our cultural diversity, which is to be celebrated, we are all united by our faith; we all belong to one Church. View this year’s video or find out more about the works supported by Project Advance at www.projectadvance.ca. To make a donation to Project Advance, click here.
Becoming a Mystic—Study with Fr. Bill Wilson, SJ, 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month (in May & June) at 3:30pm in the Chapel — (May 3 & 17), (June 7 & 21). Karl Rahner, S.J. in effect has stated that the Christian of the future will be a mystic or will be nothing at all.
To work at becoming a mystic, Fr. Bill Wilson’s group will be working through Rev. Michael Crosby’s book, Fruit of the Spirit, Pauline Mysticism for the Church at St. Marks’s Chapel. Fr. Bill Wilson is looking forward to continuing to see you there. All are welcome.
Family Hike, Saturday June 24, 2017. There will be a Parish Family Hike on Saturday June 24. This activity is intended as an all ages, fun-fit family event. We will rely on participants to provide their own transportation, food and water. Depending on participation, a few seats may be available for students who do not have cars. The final destination of our hike will depend upon the snowpack remaining at this time in June, the weather and the age and fitness level of participants. On June 24, we will gather at St. Marks Parish parking lot at 8:45am and depart for the hike promptly at 9:00am. Please dress with appropriate hiking attire for the day. Please select footwear that provides adequate support for variable terrain hiking.
If you are planning to attend this hike, please contact the parish by so that we can get a sense of who is interested in this event.
Other dates to note
June 18 is the last day for Children`s Liturgy until the fall
June 25 is First Communion
Ongoing Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Bible Study with Fr. Bill Wilson, SJ, will take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Chapel.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). For adults exploring Catholicism and their Christian journey. For inquiries, please contact Fr. Michael Rosinski, SJ or call the Parish office. Meetings are generally after the 11:30am Sunday mass.
Science and Faith Reflection Group.. We will be taking a break for the summer (the last session was on April 25, 2017). Click here for more details on this group.
Christian Life Community (CLC).What is your deepest desire? What does God want for you in your life? We are the Christian Life Community (CLC), a world-wide lay community rooted in Ignatian spirituality – a unique method of prayer and faith formation developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola. If you are interested in learning more or coming to a session, please contact Felipe Bañados-Schwerter. For more information on Ignatian Spirituality retreats, please contact Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div.