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.
Laudato Si After Paris, COP 21: Our Mission for a Healthy Planet – a Free Public Lecture hosted by St. Mark’s College. This event, held on Friday, Jan 22, 2016, was very successful with over 200 in attendance. Listen to this informative lecture by keynote speakers, Reverend Dr. Robert Allore, SJ, and the Honourable Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament, Vancouver Quadra.
Also, visit our Faith Formation Page for more interesting articles.
Current Events and Announcements
The next Science and Faith group meeting will take place on Tuesday February 9, 2016 at 7:30pm in St. Mark’s Parish church. During this session we will examine the article, The End of Night / The Health Effects of a World Without Darkness by Rebecca Boyle. Read more here…
Pause for Perspective / Beatitudes for the Workplace retreat with Max Oliva, SJ. Friday Feb 12, noon-4:30pm St. Augustine’s Parish ($50) and Sat. Feb. 13, 8:45am – 1pm: St. Mark’s Parish ($50, including light refreshments). City in Focus and the Jesuits at St. Mark’s Parish have invited Jesuit Father Max Oliva to offer this half-day retreat based on his book, Beatitudes for the Workplace. Fr. Max will guide adults through 4 hours of prayer and reflection on the virtues important to work and their transformative effect on our professional and personal lives. The book will be available for purchase. Register by Thurs. Feb. 11 here. For the Feb 13th retreat, you can call Lioba at the parish office – if space is available, you may pay at the door with cash or cheque payable to St. Mark’s Parish.
SAVE THE DATE: Saturday Feb. 20th
The Movie, RISEN, is scheduled for release that weekend. All parishioners and friends are invited to attend the Saturday, Feb 20th afternoon showing (exact time to be announced when it is public; estimated to be 4pm-6pm). The movie will be followed by a Social in Plato’s Cave from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a chance to share insights about the movie and fellowship.
Links: 1) Risen (2016 film) – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 2.) Bible Epic ‘Risen’ Linked to Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’. Those interested in helping lead the group discussions in Plato’s Cave, please contact John Brozovich at johnbrozovich AT yahoo.com by Sunday Feb 14th.
Sat, Feb 20, 2016: Shoeshoe hike! We are planning a shoeshoe hike, weather permitting – location TBD. Please contact the Parish office if you are interesting going, so that we have an idea of how much equipment to reserve.
March 5 – Lenten Retreat: The Name of God is Mercy, St. Mark’s Parish. Join retreat director Catherine M. Kelly, M.Div. as we explore Pope Francis’ invitation to encounter the Mercy of God. For more information, click here…, or to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lenten-retreat-the-name-of-god-is-mercy-tickets-21141509825
Anyone can be baptized – Baptism is not only for babies! Have a look at St. Mark’s Children’s ministry weekly reflection here…
Refugee Sponsorship – Overview of Parish Tasks Requiring volunteers and Volunteer Commitment Form: Click here for more information.
Volunteers Needed to accompany parishioners in wheelchairs (Purdy Pavilion). Read more here…
Check out a new series of Ignatian Spirituality Retreats, directed by Catherine Kelly.
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.