WELCOME TO ST. MARK’S PARISH
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.
Ecumenical Worship Service – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017: “Reconciliation – the Love of Christ Compels us”. As part of this year’s Week of Christian Unity (an initiative of the World Council of Churches), the Ecumenical Worship service, held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7pm at St. Mark’s Chapel, the familiar Gospel passage (Luke 15:11-24) of the Prodigal Son and God’s promise to Israel (Ezekiel 36:25-27) were read. These readings speak of the sovereign love of our Heavenly Father to reconcile us with God. Listen to the sermon by Dr. Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College:
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Jesus and Me and the Jesuits at UBC
Repentance & Renewal: Ignatian Resources for Lent
Last year, you were one of more than 20,000 people who joined the Jesuits of Canada and the United States for our online Lenten prayer program, Igniting Our Values. While we’re not offering a Lenten program this year, there are a wide array of online resources for prayer and reflection being produced by the Ignatian family.
Click here to find out more…
Current Events and Announcements
Lenten Liturgy and Lunch Series. Beginning on Wednesday, March 1st, and continuing every Wednesday during Lent (until April 12th), all are invited to participate in the Lenten Liturgy and Lunch Series.
Each event will begin with Mass, celebrated at 12:10pm, followed by lunch in Plato’s Cave Cafe with a (free) vegetarian soup, and discussion about contemporary issues including but not limited to: homelessness; migrant work; pro-life movements; euthanasia in Canada; and more. This year’s series theme is: “Fill Your Bowl with Life.” Follow Corpus Christi College on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information about speakers and topics. Please relay all questions to Alexandria Fung, at: afung AT corpuschristi.ca
The Secret to Becoming a Saint: A Lenten Retreat, Sat. March 11, 8:30 am- 3 pm
Retreat Director Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div. offers a Lenten retreat exploring the faith lives of the saints. What were the secrets to their relationships with God which enabled them as ordinary people like us to do extraordinary things for God? How do the saints inspire us today? For more information and registration, click here…
Ash Wednesday 2017
March 1, 2017. There will be two masses: 12:10pm and 7:00pm
Seeking an Intimate Relationship with Jesus? Pray the Spiritual Exercises. The Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver (JSAV) is offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in daily life. Applications are available now and due March 15 for 6 weeknight lectures in May/June and 7 monthly lectures Oct-April. Click here for more information (see 2nd item on page).
Jesuit Volunteers of Canada (JVC) is a formation program, where young adults live out the values of Christian spirituality, social and eco-justice, community, and simple living. Placement opportunities include working with First Nations communities, young adult programing, community development and outreach, education, food justice, and working with the urban poor.
Jesuit Volunteers Canada is currently accepting applications for September 2017 with possible communities and work placements in northern Ontario, Toronto and Regina. For more information, visit www.jesuitvolunteers.ca or call 519-820-8204. JVC is part of a 50-year movement dedicated to inspiring young adults! Click here for more information on this website.
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. The next meeting will be on Mar 7th, 2017.
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. Our next meeting will take place on Feb 28th, 2017 at 7:30pm in St. Mark’s Parish chapel. Click here for more details on the topics for discussion.
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.