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.
Pope Francis Speaks
It seems like the Pharisees were always getting in trouble with Jesus. The Gospel reading (Luke 11:42-46) is a challenging one on keeping the letter of the law while not forgetting the whole purpose of the law: Justice and the love of God. Pope Francis speaks about the meaning of Jesus’ words from the point of view of inclusion of others (without compromising your principles) in the article: “Pope Francis: The Christian includes; Pharisees exclude”:
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
There will be a celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 at 11:30am (at the regular Sunday mass time) in the chapel (the day before the actual Feast day). Come and join us for Mexican appetizers served in Plato’s cave after mass.
Reconciliation service: Dec 14 (Wednesday), 2016; 7:00pm: Come for an evening of Taize music, and an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
Please refer to our page…
ONGOING EVENTS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Cards & Calendars needed for Catholic Charities Justice Services (CCJS). Catholic Charities Justice Services (CCJS) is seeking donations of your surplus unused Christmas and All Occasions cards and 2017 calendars for prisoners. Calendars may be wall, desk, or appointment calendars. Please ensure donations are of a modest theme, suitable for prison chapels. They can be dropped off in the labelled box near the entrance of the Chapel. For more information, please contact Germaine Solaiman (phone number in the bulletin).
Purdy’s Residents Christmas Gifts. It is that time of the year when we need to think about the patients in Purdy Pavilion at UBC Hospital. This is an extended care facility and a number of the patients living there have no family or visitors. This means, of course, they have no one to buy them a Christmas present. The last two years our parishioners have purchased Christmas presents for the patients and they were very thankful.. For more information on how you can help out, please click here…
St. Mark’s Children’s ministry: Have a look at the weekly reflection here… .
Calling for young volunteers to serve at the Christmas Eve 5pm Mass at St. Mark’s. Read more here… (scroll down to “Children’s Liturgy”)
Meetings are weekly during the 9:30am Sunday Liturgy. Read more about the ministry here (scroll down to item #4).
with Fr. Bill Wilson, SJ, will take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Chapel. (Dates are: Oct 18, Nov 1, Nov 15)
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)
For adults exploring Catholicism and their Christian journey. For inquiries, please contact Fr. Michael Rosinski, SJ or call the Parish office. First class was Oct 9 after the 11:30am Mass, but there is still opportunities to join!
Science and Faith Reflection Group.
The next meeting of our group will take place on Tuesday October 11, 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.