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
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!
Discerning Your Call Retreat: Praying with the Apostles and St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Saturday, November 5; 8:30am-4pm, St. Mark’s Parish (5935 Iona Drive). Fee: $55 in advance, $65 at the Door, $25 for Students.
Retreat Director Catherine M. Kelly, M. Div. offers a one-day retreat reflecting on how God is calling you, praying with the stories of the Apostles and the discernment tools of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Fee includes lunch, coffee breaks, and take-home prayer materials. Day begins with coffee and registration at 8:30am. Register online here.
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
Special Collection for Haitian Relief after Hurricane Matthew’s devastation
Archbishop Miller has approved a special collection for Haiti in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew. The collection will be on the weekend of Oct. 30. Proceeds will go to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace-Caritas Canada, which has launched an Emergency Appeal to respond. We are not providing special envelopes for the Oct. 30 collection. You may use blank envelopes or one of our collation “emergency relief” envelopes. Cheques should be made payable to your parish. Cash is also welcome but please put in an envelope with your name and address for tax-receipt purposes.
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 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.