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.
Strengthen Marriages and Families – Priority and Goals of the Archdiocese of Vancouver.
The world makes non-stop demands. Our culture works against Christian family life. In the spirit of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia, we will invest in strengthening marriages and families as one of our Archdiocesan priorities and goals. Visit rcav.org/prioritiesandgoals to read more about each of our Priorities and Goals.
Also, visit our Faith Formation Page for more interesting articles.
Take a few minutes out of your busy day to read the reflections on this page. Each day bring a new perspective and a different verse from Scripture.
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
Ecuador Earthquake Relief – Canadian Jesuits International. Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) is responding to the request for support from the Jesuits in Ecuador to help the victims of the devastating earthquake that struck the country on April 16. Find out more here.
To donate follow this link: Ecuador Earthquake relief fund
Refugee Family Sponsorship News.
You may also find it helpful to engage a process of ongoing education making use of the information available from reliable sources. Development and Peace and Canadian Jesuits International are two well established, trusted organizations with an on-the-ground presence and a capacity for delivering immediate aid to the fleeing refugees/migrants. You may find infor-mation on their web sites helpful.
1. Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
Development and Peace has increased the programming funding for Crisis in Syria emergency relief, to focus on supporting Caritas partners that are providing humanitarian relief to Syrian refugees who have been caught at country borders (primarily European). For information and to make a donation please visit http://www.devp.org/en/emergencies/syria To make a donation you can visit: http://www.devp.org/en/donate or phone toll free at: 1 888-234-8533 E-Mail: email@example.com | Web: www.devp.org
2. Canadian Jesuits International (CJI) – Syrian Refugee Crisis
http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2015/09/11/syrian-refugee-crisis/ CJI has been supporting the work of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon for the past four years.
Current Events and Announcements
Parish Picnic 2016. The Parish’s Annual Picnic will be held on June 19th AFTER the 11:30 a.m. Mass. This will be a green event so please bring your own dishes. The Parish is providing meat, cheese, buns and beverages (so don’t bring those). However, contributions of salads, fruit/veggie plates and desserts would be much appreciated.
We also need volunteers; please contact Janice Dulk at jmldulk AT telus.net or at (604)732-6354. Volunteers should plan to meet in Plato’s Cave immediately after the 9:30 a.m. Mass on the day of the picnic.
Aug. 22-23, 2016; “Come Away & Rest Awhile”: Sabbath-Keeping & Self-Care Retreat. Join Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div. for a two-day retreat on the essentiality of Sabbath keeping. For more information and to register, click here…
Professor emerita at the UBC to receive the Jiří Theiner Award at Book World Prague. Marketa Goetz-Stankiewicz is a professor emerita in the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia. Read more here…
St. Mark’s Children’s ministry: Have a look at the weekly reflection here…
Jesuit Volunteers of Canada is a year or two of service and living based on the four values of Christian spirituality, social and eco justice, community, and simple living! Click here to read more, and to learn about opportunities.