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!
Registration – Sacramental Prep. & RCIA
Application forms for First Communion, Confirmation preparation, and RCIA (starting Sept 10th) are now available online! Click on this link
Jesuits at UBC
Matthew 13:32 – “Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants…”. Fr. O’Brien speaks about his own path to discovering his Faith, which started as the smallest of seeds, a tiny flame and took hold in his life, and continued to grow. Listen to his homily here…
Curious about the role of Permanent Deacons? . Sessions run Saturdays on Sept 23, Oct 28 and Nov 19. Register at www.stmarkscollege.ca/programs/deacon.
Current Events and Announcements
Sept 26, 2017: Science and Faith Reflection Group.. 2nd & 4th Tues of each month at 7:30pm in the Chapel. Our next meeting of our group will take place on Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017 at 7:30pm at the Regent College lecture theatre.
You are invited to attend a public lecture celebrating the release of Dr. Ross Hastings’s latest book, Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian Theology and Science Together. Read more here…
Sept 28; World Youth Day 2019 Information Sessions. Join us on Sept. 28, 7-8pm at St. Augustine’s Parish, Vancouver. More info…
Sept 30; Our Stories Shape Us: History, Faith, and Practice of the Indigenous Church in Canada: Regent College is hosting a one-day conference on the history, faith, and practice of the indigenous church in Canada. More info…
Student Hike, Saturday, Sept. 30. A hike is being organized for the university students in the parish & UBC campus. On Saturday, Sept. 30, we will gather at St. Mark’s Parish courtyard at 8:00am, depart at 8:30am. Dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable hiking boots, light sweater/ jacket. Bring your rain gear, lunch, water/drinks. Plan 5-6 hours total time for this activity. Arrival time back at St. Mark’s is tentative.
Destination for the hike will be made on the day of activity. Please contact St. Mark’s Parish by email to register for this event. Space is limited & will be allocated according to the order of registration. Sign-up closes on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 1:00 pm
Thanksgiving Dinner 2017. Our Parish is arranging a Thanksgiving Dinner. It will take place on Saturday, Oct 7, 6:00pm at Plato’s Cave. The Parish will provide the turkey but we are looking for casseroles, salads, fruit/veggie platters and desserts to supplement the turkey. We also need volunteers to help with set up and clean up. Please consider lending a hand on Oct 7 starting at 4pm. If you can help, please contact the parish or phone at (604) 822 0261. This celebration will be a green event so please bring your own dishes and cutlery.
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
The Door is Open needs food and clothing donations. The Door is Open is in need of clothing and food donations, especially season-appropriate clothes for men and women (not children). If you can donate, please contact Frances at thedoorisopen.ca/#contact. For more information how to donate, click here…
Birthright Vancouver is looking for volunteers. Would you like to help women in crisis pregnancy situations? Birthright Vancouver is looking for volunteers who can commit 3 hours a week, weekday morning or afternoons to the this mission. Contact birthrightvancouver AT gmail.com.
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!
Bible Study with Fr. Bill Wilson, SJ, will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm in the Chapel. Sessions will resume on Wednesday September 20, 2017. Chapter 5 of Crosby will be discussed.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). The Catholicism series begins this weekend Sunday, September 10 at 1pm in the basement of St. Mark’s College with 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…
Sept 22, 2017: 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.