WELCOME TO ST. MARK’S PARISH; Mass times: Sunday 9:30am, 11:30am; 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.
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 corre-spondence. We are forever grateful for your continued SUPPORT!
Jesuits at UBC
Matthew 13:32 – “Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants…”. Fr. O’Brien speaks about his own path to discovering his Faith, which started as the smallest of seeds, a tiny flame and took hold in his life, and continued to grow. Listen to his homily here…
Curious about the role of Permanent Deacons? . A unique and special vocation, Deacons are official teachers and preachers of the Gospel, and they may preside at baptisms, marriages, funerals, and other forms of community prayers. They also share in the pastoral responsibilities of outreach, such as visiting the sick, the homebound, those imprisoned and in need. Men interested in this ordained ministry, along with their wives, are invited to an introductory seminar covering the history, theology and practicalities of the Permanent Diaconate. Sessions run Saturdays on Sept 23, Oct 28 and Nov 19. Register at www.stmarkscollege.ca/programs/deacon.
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
Development and Peace (D&P) – Caritas Canada July update
God hears the cry of the oppressed. All too often, the poor suffer most from the disastrous impacts of natural disasters & have fewer means to make their voices heard. By your donations & prayers, you serve in both words & in action & help vulnerable populations in their struggle for human rights & even for survival. For example, by helping to mobilize our local partners, stakeholders, your D&P organization, with more than $12.4M raised in grants so far following Super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, has helped to develop the Pope Francis Village – a resettlement site with typhoon-proof houses for poor coastal families & a model of citizen participation in reconstruction. Become a member of Development and Peace. Visit devp.org to get a free membership. Together, with many voices, we will be heard!
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Donate to the British Columbia Fires Appeal. The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the province of British
Columbia and local authorities in providing assistance to those affected by the wildfires. Your donation will help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification and financial assistance for food, clothing and personal needs. Beyond meeting immediate needs, your donation may also help re-entry and go towards more long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness. To donate, please visit http://www.redcross.ca/
Current Events and Announcements
Come & join our Ignatian – Jesuit Community at St. Mark’s celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola on July 30 at the 9:30 and 11:30am Masses. Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a Spanish Basque priest and theologian, who founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus and became its first Superior General.
Born: October 23, 1491, Azpeitia, Spain
Died: July 31, 1556, Rome, Italy
Full name: Íñigo López de Loyola
Feast: July 31
Education: University of Alcalá, University of Paris
Project Advance 2017 Project Advance is our annual appeal that enables the pastoral work and spiritual mission of our local Church to flourish. Your gift to Project Advance helps us meet the material and spiritual need of our Church and parishes.
This year’s appeal focuses on the message One Faith. One Church. One Family. Our faith community is expansive and despite our geographical locations and our cultural diversity, which is to be celebrated, we are all united by our faith; we all belong to one Church. View this year’s video or find out more about the works supported by Project Advance at www.projectadvance.ca. To make a donation to Project Advance, click here.
Ongoing Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Bible Study with Fr. Bill Wilson, SJ, will take place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Chapel.
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. Meetings are generally after the 11:30am Sunday mass.
Science and Faith Reflection Group.. We will be taking a break for the summer (the last session was on April 25, 2017). Click here for more details on this group.
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.