WELCOME TO ST. MARK’S PARISH; Mass times: Sunday 9:30am, 11:30am, 7:00pm; Weekdays ea12:10pm.
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 sepervice, 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 correspondence. We are forever grateful for your continued SUPPORT!
Why Lent? Bishop Barron explains the importance of prayer and the purpose of fasting during the season of Lent. Listen here:
Local Community and Archdiocesan Announcements
Lenten Liturgy and Lunch Series. Beginning on Wednesday, Feb 14th, and continuing every Wednesday during Lent (until March 28), all are invited to participate in the Lenten Liturgy and Lunch Series. Each event will begin with Mass, celebrated at 12:10pm, followed by lunch in Plato’s Cave Cafe with a (free) vegetarian soup, and discussion about contemporary issues – click here for a list of topics.
Propitiation and the Meaning of Easter ; March 24, 11am at St. Mark’s College. Presentation by Dr. Dennis Danielson. Read more here…
Wed, March 28; Chrism Mass. One of the most solemn and significant liturgies of our Church is the Chrism Mass. Join Archbishop Miller and the priests of the archdiocese on Wednesday, March 28, at 5pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral for the blessing of the oil of catechumens, the oil of the sick, and the oil of chrism.
Parish Events and Announcements
TRIDUUM 2018 SCHEDULE
Palm (Passion) Sunday: March 25, 2018: 9:30am, 11:30am, 7:00pm
Holy Thursday (March 29, 2018): 7:00pm mass
Good Friday (March 30 2018): 11:00am Stations of the Cross
– 1:00pm Seven Last Words of Christ
– 3:00pm: Service
Easter Vigil (March 31, 2018): 9:00pm mass
Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018): 9:30am AND 11:30am (NO 7:00pm mass)
Easter Egg Hunt; On Sunday April 1, the Easter Egg hunt will be at 10:40 am. There will be distinctive hunting zones for each age group: (a) 0-2 years; (b) 3-6 years and (c) 7 – 11 years old.
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
Archdiocesan News: Visit of Cardinal Tagle
Archbishop Michael Miller is pleased to announce the visit to Vancouver on March 19 of Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines and President of Caritas Internationalis, the Catholic Church’s umbrella organization for our Development and Peace – whose Mission it is to assist our neediest brothers and sisters in Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Cardinal Tagle will present an address on “Keeping Families in Faith” at 6pm, Monday March 19 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Tickets are on sale from Friday February 16 at rcav.org/cardinal-tagle. This event is expected to be sold out so act quickly if you wish to attend. Cardinal Tagle has been colloquially tagged the “Asian Pope Francis” for his defence of the poor and needy. He enjoys the reputation of being an excellent speaker.
Development and Peace Solidarity Sunday—MARCH 18. Next Sunday, March 18th is the Fifth Sunday of Lent – Solidarity Sunday, when we are called upon to pray, support in solidarity and donate generously “Together for Peace” to aid our needy sisters and brothers in the Global South as they struggle earnestly to find lasting peace through dialogue. Only Together is peace possible! Your kind and crucial donations may be made through the specific “Share Lent Envelope” in your weekly parish boxes; or by donating online at devp.org; or by your own cheque made to St. Mark’s Parish with a note on the Memo line : D&P Share Lent or by cash in an envelope with your name, address and the note “D&P” on the front of the envelope. Tax receipts will be available to donors. Thank you for your generosity.
Canadian Jesuits International –EASTER APPEAL “Come to the waters!” This invitation to life by the prophet Isaiah is the theme of CJI’s Easter Appeal for 2018. It focuses especially on young people, who have a whole life in front of them. Join us in building a promising future for young people! In Latin-America: Solidarity with Indigenous Youth – Support the dignity and growth of indigenous youth in Latin America this Easter!; In Syria: Healthcare for young people displaced by war – Young people inside Syria face enormous physical and psychological trauma and many have urgent healthcare needs. Join CJI in giving health and hope to young people in Syria this Easter!
Please also refer to our Social Justice page…
Ongoing Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers needed to serve at the 9:30am, 1130am, 7pm Masses. Click here for more information…
Science 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….
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. Will resume in Jan 2018.
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 held in the chapel every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month 1pm-3pm. The next meeting will be on Feb 2, 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)
First Communion and Confirmation Prep classes (which began on Oct 15, 2017), will generally occur on Sundays between the 9:30 & 11:30am Masses.
Children’s Liturgy continues during the 9:30am Mass
*NEW — Children’s Liturgy during the 11:30am Mass began Dec. 3
RCIA (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.