WELCOME TO ST. MARK’S PARISH; Mass times: Sunday 9:30am, 11:30am, 7:00pm; Weekdays 12:10pm.

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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 correspondence. We are forever grateful for your continued SUPPORT!



Faith Formation

Jesuits LogoWhat’s Unique about Advent – a reflection by Bishop Barron. Advent is an unsettling time, because is it a misconception to thing that we can save ourselves, but rather, we need to ask for the one who can save us to come – we need to feel like captives in order to be free; Just like the word in the hymn: “O Come O Come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel”. Watch his reflection here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoT-sUyvw8g


Local Community and Archdiocesan Announcements

CreedChristmas Gifts for Residents at Purdy’s Extended-Care Facility. It is that time of year to extend some good cheer to residents living in Purdy Pavilion at UBC Hospital. A number of residents have no family members or visitors, no one to buy them a Christmas present. If you are interested to help with contributing gifts, click here for more information…


Archbishop’s Annual Mass for Life. “May we defend it and promote it from conception to its natural end.” Join us as we celebrate life on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. Rosary begins at 11:30am and Mass is at 12:10pm. Reception to follow in the Cathedral Hall (donation of finger foods is appreciated). rcav.org/event/annual-mass-life-2017

Parish Events and Announcements


CreedHappy 50th Anniversary, St. Mark’s Parish – December 3, 2017 . St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish was established in 1967 by Archbishop Johnson with Fr. Albert Zsigmond as the founding pastor. St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, known today as St. Mark’s Parish, has pastoral responsibility for UBC, the University Endowment Lands west of Blanca Avenue and as far south as 20th Avenue.
St. Ignatius – St. Mark’s Community wishes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of our first Parish Mass on 3 December 1967.”

foodThank you for all the fabulous Christmas dishes last Dec 3rd! It was a delight to see you all there, and we always have such great fun in our St. Mark’s Parish community and this party was no exception. Compliments go to all who cooked and served the food, and all who volunteered to help set-up and clean up! Dinner was delicious – we look forward to our next Parish gathering!

ReconciliationReconciliation service: . We held our Reconciliation service on Dec 7th, 2017. If you were unable to attend, there will be other opportunities to attend at other parishes. You can see the times and locations here:


IgnatiusChildren’s Christmas Liturgy – 5pm on Dec. 24, 2017;. Calling all children (and their parents) to participate in the Christmas Eve Children’s Mass for our Parish at 5pm on December 24. Click here for more details…

7GIFTS OF THE LITTLE MAGI. When we celebrate the Feast of Epiphany on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 we would like to encourage the young ones to bring a gift for baby Jesus and present this during the Offertory. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to wrap a gift for baby Jesus and give Him homage like the Magi. An item of baby clothing or toiletries like baby wipes and diapers would be most appreciated. The presents gathered will be given to BirthRight Vancouver in support of their ministry to women and their infants. Jesus thanks you! Please email Julie Ranada (jlranada AT gmail.com) if you have questions.

Social Justice Activities and Announcements

7Development and Peace (D&P) Fall 2017 Campaign – Women at the Heart of Peace. Pope Francis has said “Peace is the new word for Development”. All sociopolitical data clearly indicate that when women are involved at all levels of the peace processes, peace is more likely, is more enduring and less likely to relapse. As of June 2017, the Government of Canada has committed itself to support the work of women and their organizations in the critical task of peace-building.
To support the equal and much-needed role of women in their critical place in peace-building processes and to encourage real action upon the already-stated support of the Government of Canada, please go to this website to sign on.
7Canadian Jesuits International — Christmas Appeal. On the four Sundays of Advent leading up to Christmas, CJI is highlighting four important livelihood projects as follows:
  – Columbia: Livelihood support for internally displaced people;
   – India: Livelihood justice for marginalized communities
   – South Sudan: Livelihood assistance for civil war victims;
   – Syria: Livelihood essentials for internally displaced children.
For details, visit: http://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2017/11/29/2017-christmas-appealhttp://www.canadianjesuitsinternational.ca/2017/11/29/2017-christmas-appeal


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. 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.


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 every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. There are no more meetings for 2017. Will resume in Feb 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.


 7RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). The remainder of the Catholicism series will be viewed on December 3 & 10.