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. Some general orientation information can be found here.
The Meaning of Vatican II – Bishop Robert Barron
Since the publication of the Vatican II document Sancrosanctum Concilium, a document focused on carrying out as the themes of Vatican II, and the Cardinal Ratzinger’s theological publication Communio, which emphasized the importance of continuity of the Catholic Tradition, there as been some confusion in the Church around the two seemingly divergent ideas: continuity vs. change.
Bishop Robert Barron explains the meaning of Vatican II from the eyes of Yves Congar, a Dominican Friar, how the church finds a balance between these seemingly different points of view. Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8j24FBRgrA
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.
Current Events and Announcements
Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord Student Retreats, Oct 5 & 13
Free afternoon retreat for UBC students, offering the opportunity to reconnect with and savour God’s goodness. The session follows the Ignatian method of short inputs, quiet time for personal prayer and reflection, and small group faith sharing. All students are welcome. Same retreat offered Wed. Oct 5 and repeated Thurs. Oct 13, 2-4:30 pm. To register, click here…
Free Public Lecture: Cardinal Newman & Pope Benedict XVI on Conscience and the University
Join us on Saturday, Oct 8, at 10am at St. Mark’s College, Vancouver, for a presentation by Sam Rocha, Assistant Professor at the Department of Educational Studies of the Faculty of Education… details here
A Thanksgiving Dinner celebration will take place at St. Mark’s on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 6:00pm. The Parish will provide the turkey. We are looking for casseroles, salads, fruit/veggie platters ad desserts to supplement the turkey. We also need volunteers to help with set up and clean up.
Please consider lending a hand on October 8 starting at 4:00pm. If you can help, please contact Janice Dulk at jmldulk AT telus.net. This celebration will be a green event so please bring your own dishes and cutlery.
Hospitality volunteers needed: We are looking for hospitality volunteers to assist in welcoming & serving our community. If you can assist in this activity, please introduce yourself to hospitality ministers serving coffee after Mass.
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation – Sept. 1 In 2015, Pope Francis initiated the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on September 1 of each year. The Day of Prayer for Creation, says Pope Francis, is “an opportunity to reaffirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation, to thank God for the wonderful handiwork which he has entrusted to our care, and to implore his help for the protection of creation as well as his pardon for the sins committed against the world in which we live.” Visit rcav.org/laudato-si to learn more.
Spiritual Care & Multifaith Services, UBC Hospitals – Extended Care Unit (Purdy Pavilion) – Volunteers Needed. If you enjoy interacting with older people and wish to assist them so they can participate in the Spiritual / Worship programs, please contact Audrey Wong at 604-822-7042 or by email at Audrey.Wong AT vch.ca
St. Mark’s Children’s ministry: Have a look at the weekly reflection here… .
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! We are looking for parents & university students to assist in the organization of children’s liturgy activities at the Parish. Please contact Caroline Lindholm.
Meetings are weekly during the 9:30am Sunday Liturgy. Read more about the ministry here (scroll down to item #4).
Science and Faith Reflection Group.
The next meeting of our group will take place on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 7:30pm in St. Mark’s Parish church. Click here for more details on the topics for discussion.
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.