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.
Jesuits at UBC
Resources for Lent
Repentance & Renewal: Ignatian Resources for Lent
Since last year, the Jesuits of Canada and the United States have created an online Lenten prayer program, Igniting Our Values. Visit this link for a wide array of online resources for prayer and reflection being produced by the Ignatian family.
Click here to find out more…
Hate confession? Here’s why you should reconsider. Fr. James Martin, S.J quotes one of his theology professors “Confession isn’t about how bad you are, but how good God is”. Read the article here
Current Events and Announcements
“Tea” in Theology: Do you like tea time? Do you like Theology? Come for the Newman Club’s “Tea” in theology: Thoughtful Thursdays. Everyone is invited. Explore what Theology is, and how it plays out in our lives. We will be meeting in Plato’s Cave from 5:30pm-6:30pm during each Thursday of Lent excluding March 30.
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 – click here for a list of topics.
During the season of Lent, please join us in the chapel to pray the Stations of the Cross on Tuesdays at 1:00pm and Fridays at 3:00pm (Fridays, Mar 24, 31, April 7: 3:00pm, and Tuesdays, Mar 28, April 4: 1:00pm)
The schedule during Holy Week will be posted very soon.
Lenten Reconciliation Service – Saturday, April 1: 4:00pm; St. Marks Chapel. Come and join us for a quiet time of Lenten meditation and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. the evening will begin at 4:00pm with the Liturgy of the Word, short prayers, and examination of conscience.
Discount tuition for parishioners auditing courses!
Take a course at Corpus Christi College – here are few samples:
May-June: “Modern Catholic Social Teaching” Who is my neighbor? Examine personal, communal and environmental relationships in a Catholic context.
July-August: “Bard on the Beach” Experience Shakespeare and the joy of contemporary performance. Mon & Wed
July-August: “World Religions” Introduce yourself to major religions of the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Tues & Thurs. Email ecanlas AT corpuschristi.ca to register or visit www.corpuschristi.ca.
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
Please refer to our page…
Share Lent 2017 – Women At the Heart of Change
Development and Peace is a strong & diverse movement that brings Canadians together working for justice and enable the poorest people live with respect & dignity. During Lent, D&P will be sharing the stories of inspiring women laying solid foundations for positive change in their communities. The annual Share Lent collection for Development and Peace will be held on Sunday, April 2. Read more about this year’s campaign here…
Other news: Cardinal Tobin leads rally for man facing deportation
Clergy members march in support of a people in America facing deportation under Trump’s new immigration policy. Read more here:
Physician Assisted Suicide: Catholic Voices
Hosted by the Newman Association of Vancouver. Presentation by Peter
Nation | Coordinator, Catholic Voices Canada on Saturday, April 8, 10am-
11:30am, Room 101, St. Mark’s College (UBC Campus). On Friday, June 17, 2016 – Bill C-14 – legalization of euthanasia/assisted suicide was passed in our country. How do we as Catholics approach this decision? Come and hear Peter Nation from Catholic Voices to learn more about the issue of physician-assisted suicide, how to talk about euthanasia and palliative care, and what to do now.
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. Our next meeting will take place on Mar 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.