WELCOME TO ST. MARK’S PARISH; Mass times: Sunday 9:30am, 11:30am, 7:00pm; 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!
Sacramental Prep. & RCIA
First Communion and Confirmation Prep classes (which began on Oct 15, 2017), will generally occur on Sundays between the 9:30 & 11:30am Masses. Final schedules to be determined.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). The Catholicism series resumes today, November 26 at 1pm in room 100 of St. Mark’s College. Each video lasts approximately 55 minutes and will be followed by a 30-minute discussion. This will be the Fall segment of the RCIA program for St. Mark’s, but anyone who is interested to learn more about the Catholic faith is welcome to join us. If you have any questions email Fr. Mike at mrosinski AT rcav.org. The remainder of the series will be viewed on the following Sundays: December 3 & 10.
Jesuits at UBC
Fr. Bill Ryan, SJ was well known for his social justice work in the life of the Church. He passed away recently at the age of 92. Read about his life here.
Local Community and Archdiocesan Announcements
Dec 2; The Newman Ball 2017. The Newman Club of UBC and the Newman Association of Vancouver cordially invite you to our annual Ball on Dec. 2, 2017 starting at 6pm at the Rosary Hall at Holy Rosary Cathedral. Enjoy delicious food, elegant dancing, and great company! To purchase tickets, e-mail (newmanassociationvancouver AT gmail.com), go to this link, or contact us through our Facebook page. Tickets will also be available for sale at St. Mark’s Parish on Nov. 19 at the 7:00 pm Mass, and possibly at the 7:00 pm Mass on Nov. 26 (depending on ticket sales at that point).
Youth Ministry Sunday is Dec. 3. This archdiocesan collection assist the Ministries and Outreach Office in providing formation, training, and support for youth ministry. Youth ministry in our archdiocese continues to grow as evidenced by the number of parishes with youth ministry programming and the number of participants at diocesan events and training opportunities. Parishes with active youth ministry programming will receive a rebate from this collection. Please be generous in supporting the youth of our parish and archdiocese. For more resources, visit rcav.org/ym-sunday.
Christmas Gifts for Residents at Purdy’s Extended-Care Facility. It is that time of year to extend some good cheer to residents living in Purdy Pavilion at UBC Hospital. A number of residents have no family members or visitors, no one to buy them a Christmas present. If you are interested to help with contributing gifts, click here…
Parish Events and Announcements
TGIFF (Thank Goodness it’s First Friday) – Mass and lunch ; Dec 1, 2017; Come and join us for prayer, food, fellowship, and hot chili!
– Mass will be at 12:10pm
– Join us for lunch in Plato’s Cave after mass (12:45pm). The Corpus Christi Students will be also be holding a coffee house/student performance during that time – we will eat lunch together!
At 5pm that afternoon, students are welcome to come for some free soup at St. Mark’s College, followed by many fun activities!
Dec 3: Parish Christmas Party: Our Parish is arranging a Christmas Party on December 3, Sunday at 4:30pm. The Parish is providing the turkey & a cake for dessert. Please consider bringing casseroles, hot veggie dishes, salads & fruit to supplement the turkey.
We also need volunteers to assist with set up & clean up. If you can help, please contact Suzanne Barois by email at ssbarois AT yahoo.com or at (604) 263-6026. Set-up starts at 2:30pm, Dec. 3. This celebration is a green event so please bring your own dishes & cutlery.
Reconciliation service: Dec 7 (Thursday), 2017; 7:00pm: Come for an evening of Taize music, and an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Dec 9: Holy is God’s Name Advent Retreat (Vancouver). More info…
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
Development and Peace (D&P) Fall 2017 Campaign – Women at the Heart of Peace. Pope Francis has said “Peace is the new word for Development”. All sociopolitical data clearly indicate that when women are involved at all levels of the peace processes, peace is more likely, is more enduring and less likely to relapse. As of June 2017, the Government of Canada has committed itself to support the work of women and their organizations in the critical task of peace-building.
To support the equal and much-needed role of women in their critical place in peace-building processes and to encourage real action upon the already-stated support of the Government of Canada, please go to this website to sign on.
Canadian Jesuits International —“Tell Ten” Giving Tuesday 2017 “Tell Ten” is Canadian Jesuits International’s Giving Tuesday campaign for 2017. It is aimed at spreading the word about support for livelihoods with a focus on justice & human dignity. To learn more about CJI’s projects, Visit http://-www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2017/09/07/giving-tuesday-tell-ten/. For more info about how you can “Tell Ten” as we approach Giving Tuesday on November 28, please contact Isabel at iperezdoherty AT jesuits.org or phone 1-800-448-2148. Join our campaign and “Tell Ten”: THANK YOU for your interest and support!
Please also refer to our Social Justice page…
Ongoing Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers needed to serve at the 9:30am, 1130am, 7pm Masses. Each year, at the start of the new academic year in September, it is necessary for the coordinators of the Masses to appeal for volunteers from our parish community – those returning or just joining us – to consider volunteering for the serving roles within the Mass, without which it would be very difficult for our community to celebrate these Masses. There is a need for altar servers, Eucharistic ministers & Sacristans.
Please contact St. Mark’s Parish by email to communicate your interest. Training (about 45 minutes) will be arranged. Thanks in advance!
Science and Faith Reflection Group.. 2nd & 4th Tues of each month at 7:30pm in the Chapel. More details here….
Book Study with Fr. Bill Wilson, SJ, will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm in the Chapel.
Moms and Tots at St. Mark’s. Inviting young Catholic Moms and their tiny Tots in our parish. Get together and support each other! Meetings will be every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. Contact: Mary Paz Michel at madepami AT gmail.com
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.