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.

 

Happy New Year – All the best in 2018!

Thank you to St. Marks Parish from the People of St. Marks Parish!. Christmas this year at St. Mark’s was a truly wonderful experience of welcoming Jesus and his family into the midst our parish family. The Christmas Party on December 3rd brought us together to cook, to serve, to dine and to celebrate. Bellies and souls were filled and student energies were renewed for exams and final papers.
 
Christmas gatherings included a joyful Children’s liturgy and ‘Midnight Mass’ at 11:00pm on Dec. 24. Celebrations through Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the Feast of the Holy Family (Dec.31) and Mary the Mother of God (Jan.1) were all joyful experiences. Our liturgies, the music & the food & fellowship in Plato’s Cave added greatly to the graces of the Christmas season. Thank you to everyone. Blessings and best wishes for 2018.

 

 

Faith Formation

Jesuits LogoSearching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory. “Too often people get distracted by the Star and forget to look at the Child! And yet I also have to admit I feel a certain joy in the story, and a joy that this story has been so popular for so many people over the centuries”, states Brother Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory. It is science that reveals and points the way to the Divine (just as the star guided the wise men), allowing us to discover more about the Creator of the Universe. Read the article here…
 
 

Local Community and Archdiocesan Announcements

Rules of Discernment of St. Ignatius of Loyola. . Inviting young men ages 18-35 on Sunday, Jan 28, 4-6pm at St. Monica’s Parish, Richmond. Spend a Sunday afternoon with Jesuit Father John O’Brien to learn more about the Rules of Discernment of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Nourish your spirit and hear more clearly what God’s will for your life is. Event is FREE but RSVP is required. Please email: Fr. John O’Brien, SJ at canvocpro @ jesuits.org. We will be dining out after the meeting.
 
 

7University Mass –Feb. 3, 2018. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, cordially invites university and college communities to the University Mass. All students, faculty, and staff with their families from public and private post-secondary institutions are invited to this annual Mass on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral. Confessions available at 6:30pm. Archbishop Miller will greet everyone at the reception following the Mass. For more info: visit rcav.org/universitymass

 
 

7Pro-life Mass and Prayer Vigil. Join us for a peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents on Saturday, Feb. 3. Mass is at 9am at Blessed Sacrament, Vancouver, followed by the Rosary at B.C. Women’s Hospital.

 
 

Parish Events and Announcements

 

7Ecumenical Worship Service 2018 (took place on Jan 18, 2018; 7:00pm, St. Mark’s Chapel). Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to facilitate this evening of prayer. The sermon was deliver by Darrell Johnson, Preacher, Pastor, former Professor at Regent College. You can listen to his sermon here:

 
 

7The St. Francis Xavier relic currently touring Canada will be present at St. Mark’s Parish on Tuesday, January 23rd, 6pm-8pm. Fr. John O’Brien, SJ will lead us in a time of prayer and reflection. This event is a collaboration between Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) and the Jesuits in English Canada. All are invited to attend this unique event. Other occasions for the public veneration of the relic will take place on Wed, Jan. 24, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Vancouver (Mass with Archbishop Miller at 7pm) & Thurs, Jan. 25, at All Saints Church, Coquitlam.

 
 

Volunteers Retreat Sat. Jan 27
Discovering the Sacrament of the Present Moment: Retreat is from 9 am – 4 pm, Sat. Jan. 27. Free for parish volunteers. Suggested donation for others: $60. Register with the parish office or Eventbrite by Jan. 24. For any dietary concern, please inform the parish. Fr. David McCallum, SJ will help us cultivate the inner peace that supports our discernment, reflective action, and even consolation. For more information, click here…

 
 

Food for the Soul: Lenten Student Retreat, Sat. February 17, 9 am – 12 pm, St Mark’s Parish. Lenten retreat for students at UBC and affiliated schools. For more information and to register, click here…
 
 

Social Justice Activities and Announcements

 

IgnatiusWed, Jan 17th, 6pm. Development and Peace presents: Living Laudato Si’ 2.0On Care for our Common Home. featuring guest presenter, Fr. Robert Allore. Location: Plato’s cave. Click here for more information.
 

Please also refer to our Social Justice page…
 

Ongoing Events and Volunteer Opportunities

IgnatiusVolunteers needed to serve at the 9:30am, 1130am, 7pm Masses. Click here for more information…
 
 
 
 
 

7Science and Faith Reflection Group.. 2nd & 4th Tues of each month at 7:30pm in the Chapel. Our next meeting will be on January 9, 2018 at 7:30pm More details here….
 

 7Book Study with Fr. Bill Wilson, SJ, will take place on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at 3:30pm in the Chapel. Will resume in Jan 2018.

 
 

7Moms 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. There are no more meetings for 2017. Will resume in Feb 2018. 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.
 
 

Sacramental Prep. & RCIA (Ongoing)

 

7First Communion and Confirmation Prep classes (which began on Oct 15, 2017), will generally occur on Sundays between the 9:30 & 11:30am Masses.

 

7Children’s Liturgy continues during the 9:30am Mass
*NEW — Children’s Liturgy during the 11:30am Mass began Dec. 3
 

 7RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). RCIA resumes this Sunday, January 7 at 1pm at Room 300. Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fall video series. This portion of the program, however, is intended specifically for those who are part of the RCIA program. If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or are an adult Catholic who would like to complete the sacraments of initiation (baptism, first communion and confirmation), please contact Fr. Mike at mrosinski AT rcav.org.