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 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!
 

 

Faith Formation

Christ BaptismWhy Lent? Bishop Barron explains the importance of prayer and the purpose of fasting during the season of Lent. Listen here:
 
https://www.wordonfire.org/resources/blog/video-why-lent-bishop-barron-explains/1639/
 

 

 

Parish Events and Announcements

7Food 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. Feed your mind, body and soul. The retreat offers an opportunity for prayer, quiet reflection on student life and preparation for Lent as well as conversation and community building with other students. Coffee at 9:00 am, retreat from 9:30 -12 pm. Simple lunch following. All students are welcome. Retreat is free. Registration requested on Eventbrite:
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/food-for-the-soul-lenten-student-retreat-tickets-42247473330

 
 

7Sat. March 3, The Way Lenten Retreat, 12 pm – 5 pm, St. Mark’s Parish, Vancouver. As we enter more deeply into the Lenten journey towards Easter, this afternoon retreat offers a guided preparatory reflection on how we find ourselves at this stage. Our reflection will incorporate images of pilgrimage before viewing the film The Way with Martin Sheen, followed by individual time for prayer, and small group faith sharing.
 
The day will begin with a simple lunch and conclude with a simple supper as opportunities for community building and socializing. All are welcome. Tickets $25-70. Student and early bird discounts available. Register on Eventbrite (link below) or at the parish office (604) 822-0261. Retreat at St. Mark’s Parish, 5935 Iona Drive, Vancouver.
 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-way-a-lenten-journey-retreat-tickets-42291221181

 


 

Social Justice Activities and Announcements

 
2018 Development and Peace Caritas Canada Share Lent Workshop. 2018 Theme: This Lenten Season Let us be Peace Builders … together!
 
  Date: Saturday, Feb 24, 2018
  Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  Place: St. Patrick’s Parish, 2881, Main St., Vancouver

 
Free. Refreshment served. All are welcome. Bring a friend! For more information: Contact Pinky : 604-612-9677 or pinky.devpeace AT gmail.com. The event information can also be found on archdiocesan page.
 
  “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity.“   – Pope Francis, Invocation for Peace, June 8, 2014.

 
For more information on Development and Peace, Caritas Canada, please log onto our website: www.devp.org
 

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 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)

 

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.