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 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!
Searching for the (Star) Light at the Vatican Observatory. “Too often people get distracted by the Star and forget to look at the Child! And yet I also have to admit I feel a certain joy in the story, and a joy that this story has been so popular for so many people over the centuries”, states Brother Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory. It is science that reveals and points the way to the Divine (just as the star guided the wise men), allowing us to discover more about the Creator of the Universe. Read the article here…
Local Community and Archdiocesan Announcements
Rules of Discernment of St. Ignatius of Loyola. . Inviting young men ages 18-35 on Sunday, Jan 28, 4-6pm at St. Monica’s Parish, Richmond. Spend a Sunday afternoon with Jesuit Father John O’Brien to learn more about the Rules of Discernment of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Nourish your spirit and hear more clearly what God’s will for your life is. Event is FREE but RSVP is required. Please email: Fr. John O’Brien, SJ at canvocpro @ jesuits.org. We will be dining out after the meeting.
University Mass –Feb. 3, 2018. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, cordially invites university and college communities to the University Mass. All students, faculty, and staff with their families from public and private post-secondary institutions are invited to this annual Mass on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 7:30pm at Holy Rosary Cathedral. Confessions available at 6:30pm. Archbishop Miller will greet everyone at the reception following the Mass. For more info: visit rcav.org/universitymass
Pro-life Mass and Prayer Vigil. Join us for a peaceful, prayerful vigil for unborn children and their parents on Saturday, Feb. 3. Mass is at 9am at Blessed Sacrament, Vancouver, followed by the Rosary at B.C. Women’s Hospital.
Parish Events and Announcements
Ecumenical Worship Service 2018 (took place on Jan 18, 2018; 7:00pm, St. Mark’s Chapel). Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to facilitate this evening of prayer. The sermon was delivered by Darrell Johnson, Preacher, Pastor, former Professor at Regent College. You can listen to his sermon here:
The St. Francis Xavier relic currently touring Canada will be present at St. Mark’s Parish on Tuesday, January 23rd, 6pm-8pm. Fr. John O’Brien, SJ will lead us in a time of prayer and reflection. This event is a collaboration between Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) and the Jesuits in English Canada. All are invited to attend this unique event. Other occasions for the public veneration of the relic will take place on Wed, Jan. 24, at St. Francis Xavier Church, Vancouver (Mass with Archbishop Miller at 7pm) & Thurs, Jan. 25, at All Saints Church, Coquitlam.
Volunteers Retreat Sat. Jan 27
Discovering the Sacrament of the Present Moment: Retreat is from 9 am – 4 pm, Sat. Jan. 27. Free for parish volunteers. Suggested donation for others: $60. Register with the parish office or Eventbrite by Jan. 24. For any dietary concern, please inform the parish. Fr. David McCallum, SJ will help us cultivate the inner peace that supports our discernment, reflective action, and even consolation. For more information, click here…
Food 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. For more information and to register, click here…
Fall in love with God this year. Pray the Spiritual Exercises. Applications due March 9. Almost 500 years ago, St. Ignatius of Loyola developed an incredible way to encounter God through praying the scriptures & several spiritual exercises. The Jesuit Spirituality Apostolate of Vancouver (JSAV) continues this rich tradition by offering the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in daily life. The 8-month long retreat focuses on facilitating one’s actual experience of God. Read more here (scroll to bottom)…
Social Justice Activities and Announcements
(Jan 22, 2018): Boundless Thanks to Our/Your St. Mark’s Parish Community
Your Social Justice Committee thanks our small but so involved parish community for its repeated sustained generous support to so many appeals made to you, the parishioners. Read on…
Please also refer to our Social Justice page…
Ongoing Events and Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers needed to serve at the 9:30am, 1130am, 7pm Masses. Click here for more information…
Science 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….
Book 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.
Moms 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)
First Communion and Confirmation Prep classes (which began on Oct 15, 2017), will generally occur on Sundays between the 9:30 & 11:30am Masses.
Children’s Liturgy continues during the 9:30am Mass
*NEW — Children’s Liturgy during the 11:30am Mass began Dec. 3
RCIA (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.