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!
Sacramental Prep. & RCIA
First Communion and Confirmation Prep classes will begin this Sunday at 10:30 (following the 9:30am mass) in Oliver Room 101, St. Marks College.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). The Fall component of the RCIA program will consist of screenings of Bishop Robert Barron’s 10-part documentary series Catholicism. More details here (under Fall 2017 schedule)… For inquiries, please contact Fr. Michael Rosinski, SJ or call the Parish office. Meetings are generally after the 11:30am Sunday mass. You can find registration forms here…
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
Oct 27, 6pm: St. Tony’s House (1238 W. 38 Avenue, Vancouver) would love to have y’all for an “All Hallows Eve” benefit supper concert and soulful social in anticipation of the great feast on November 1st and to help our pal Sam Rocha kick off his NW tour properly first here in Vancity with all proceeds benefitting crisis pregnancy – please bring donation baby items! More details here…
Oct. 20: City in Focus Breakfast | Talks with Tom: The Risk of Isolation & Loneliness. Join us for a morning discussion with two professional counsellors on the benefits of community for our mental health: Friday, Oct. 20, from 7:30am to 9am at St. Paul’s Hospital. We will discuss how isolation can be detrimental to our mental well-being, & ways to address this prevalent issue – one that strongly impacts Vancouver. One of our speakers, Claudia Mérida-Rossetto, has collaborated with the Vancouver Foundation to research the impacts of social isolation in our community.
Register on Eventbrite here or at cityinfocus.ca/event/risk-isolation/
May Peace Be With Her Fall Action Workshop. Research studies show that peace agreements have a 35% greater chance of lasting at least 15 years when women help draft them.. Support women in their struggles to gain their rights to education & their place in dignity & democracy.
You are invited to a FREE workshop by Development and Peace Caritas Canada on Saturday, October 21 from 9:30am – 2pm at the St. Mary’s Parish basement, 5251, Joyce St., Vancouver. All are welcome.
For more info, contact Pinky at pinky.devpeace AT gmail.com or Development and Peace, Caritas Canada, by logging onto their website: www.devp.org
Parish Events and Announcements
Nov 4; A Day of Reflection for Young Men: Catholic young men (18-35) are invited to a day of prayer and study, drawing upon Newman’s “The Dream of Gerontius” and “The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola”, with Fr. John O’Brien, S.J., at St. Mark’s College, Saturday, Nov. 4, 9-5pm.
$20 suggested (includes lunch), with optional attendance of VSO performance of “Gerontius” in the evening. To register, email Fr John at jdobrien AT jesuits.ca (also check out the Facebook page).
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
Paid Volunteers for Extreme Weather Response program. The Men’s Hostel is looking for paid volunteers for our Extreme Weather Response program. This upcoming winter, we will need people to come in and help the staff supervise the shelter from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm.
Overnight shifts are also available. All shifts are paid. If interested, please call Frances Cabahug at 604-443-3292 or email fcabahug AT rcav.org for more information.
World Mission Sunday. Today, October 22, 2017 is World Mission Sunday. This year it has been given the theme: “Rediscovering Mission at the Heart of Christian Faith”. Catholics everywhere are invited to support the mission work of the Church. The distribution of the proceeds of this collection is overseen by Pontifical Mission Societies, used for the missionary work of the Church in the neediest areas of the world.
Your generous prayer & financial support is an excellent way to enable the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the missionary heart of Christian communities, join in prayer to respond to the vast needs of evangelization. Thank you for your support & participation on this annual celebration.
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. The next sessions will be on October 18.
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.