We are excited to welcome Bishop Eusebio Elizondo to our parish this evening to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for 34 teens and young adults of St. Mark and St. Matthew parishes! The Mass begins at 7 pm and all are welcome to attend in support of those partaking in their final step of initiation in the Catholic Church! A reception will follow in the gym. May the Lord bless all of our candidates for Confirmation as they near their reception of this most precious sacrament this evening. May they be blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit that will stay with them and guide them throughout their lives! Please keep them all in your prayers!
There will be a Funeral Mass for parishioner Frances Power (wife of Donald Power) tomorrow, Thursday, May 14th at 11:00 AM at St. Mark. A rosary will precede the Mass at 10:30 AM in the Church. Her obituary may be found online via the attached link.
Please join us in praying for her repose by reciting the following prayer: "Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."
There will be a Funeral Mass for parishioner and volunteer Elsie Demers (mother of Susan Reynolds and Ron Demers) tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th at 11:00 AM at St. Mark. A rosary will precede the Mass at 10:30 AM in the Church. Her obituary may be found online via the attached link. Please keep her and all her family and friends in your prayers during this difficult time.
"Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in peace. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."
There will be a Funeral Mass for parishioner Tom Friedel (husband of JoAnn Friedel) tomorrow, Thursday, May 8th at 11:00 AM at St. Mark. A rosary will precede the Mass at 10:30 AM in the Church. His obituary may be found online via the attached link.
"Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."
Thomas A. FRIEDEL Born June 30, 1939 in Seattle died April 29, 2015 also in Seattle. Survived by JoAnn, his loving wife of 45 years his children, Pamela Faulkner Scott and Carrie Friedel his brothers, Charles and Steven Friedel and an extended and loving family. Thomas graduated from ODea High...
MOTHER'S DAY NOVENA CARDS Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 10th. Novena Mass cards and envelopes are available in the vestibule of the Church in the card rack to the left of the doors to Sullivan Hall. Offering envelopes are due back to the parish office by this Friday at 1 pm. It is a wonderful gift to give to your mother this Sunday and is also a beautiful way to honor her if your mother has passed. Her name will be included in the Mother's Day novena of Masses to be said here at St. Mark parish. Turn in your envelope with names listed to the office today!
Did you know your Annual Catholic Appeal Gift stays in the Archdiocese of Seattle?
The 2015 Annual Catholic Appeal campaign is now underway in our parish! This is an exciting time of year when all parishes are working together to accomplish what we cannot do alone! A letter from Father Mulholland has been sent out this week asking for your support of the Appeal, and this coming weekend we will have a witness speaker to share what the Annual Catholic Appeal means to them and to ask for your support. Please respond as soon as possible to avoid receiving a follow-up letter in mid-May. Every gift, no matter the amount, is gratefully appreciated and vital if we are to make our goal. The important thing is that your household participate in some way in this year's campaign. Join us now by going online to http://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/donate - your gift will make all the difference! For Mobile devices: https://www.seattlearchdiocese.org/Stewardship/MobACA/MobDonate.aspx
Thank you and God bless! -St. Mark Catholic Church
Our hearts go out to all those affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal just before noon on Saturday. More than 3,800 people have died, and the level of devastation is still becoming clear as rescue workers access the affected areas.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its local Caritas partners are already responding. CRS' history of emergency response in the region uniquely positions its teams to provide aid effectively and quickly. CRS is supporting its emergency effort with critical living supplies for families left homeless by the quake, many of whom are sleeping outside in the cold. Many are afraid to sleep indoors because of continuous aftershocks.
Please join CRS and your Parish in prayer, and share your prayers with your family and community. Visit crs.org for updates about relief efforts and donation information. For ongoing information on CRS' response in Nepal and other emergencies CRS is responding to, visit the Emergencies webpage, also on the crs.org website.
To assist CRS' work, send checks payable to CRS/Missions Office with "Nepal earthquake" in the memo line to:
CRS/Missions Office Archdiocese of Seattle 710 9th Avenue Seattle, WA 98104
WOMEN'S GROUP TO READ "BE HEALED" NEXT WEEK! The St. Gianna Molla Women's Group will begin reading and discussing “Be Healed” by Dr. Bob Schuchts at our next meeting on Wednesday, April 29th. Fr. Mulholland will be our guest to give his insights on how to use the book for a small group. He will also tell us more about the Healing the Whole Person retreat that will be offered at St. Mark in August which directly ties in to the book. The author of the book, Dr. Bob Schuchts, will be leading this special retreat.
The book “Be Healed” will be available at a reduced rate of $10.00 this weekend (April 25/26) in the vestibule of the Church for those in the Women's Group. Very limited supply available. Please read chapter one prior to the meeting, but come regardless if you were not able to obtain a book beforehand. You can also purchase the book online via the attached link.
The meeting will be at 7:00 pm at the Parish Office Parlor. If the Parlor is overflowing, we'll meet in the Chapel, also in the Parish Office building.
In the tradition of such beloved spiritual teachers as Francis MacNutt and Michael Scanlan, Be Healed: A Guide to Encountering the Powerful Love of Jesus in Your Life offers in book form Bob Schuchts's popular program for spiritual, emotional, and physical healing through the power of the Holy Sp...
PARISH PILGRIMAGE to FRANCE & ITALY! Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I want to invite you to prayerfully consider a sacrifice in your life; to go on a pilgrimage with me to France and Italy, dedicated to personal prayer and prayer for our parish. A pilgrimage is not a vacation and it’s not a sightseeing or shopping trip. A pilgrimage is a spiritual journey meant to foster a deeper relationship with God by visiting and praying at holy places; in this case at the places where some of the greatest saints of the Church lived and proclaimed the Gospel in their day…and where we can now seek their powerful intercession for ourselves and for our parish. I have led two pilgrimages in the past 10 years from two different parishes, and I have seen many graces flow from them, especially in my own life and in the life of the parishes.
We plan to leave on September 25th and return on October 12th. There will be many highlights, most notably praying at the beautiful Chartres Cathedral in France and celebrating the Feast of St. Therese the Little Flower in Lisieux on her actual feast day! We will then travel south to Ars to visit St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, and to the Marian shrine of La Salette. Then we move on to Italy, praying at the churches where Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena will intercede for us…and then three full days in glorious Roma!
The cost of the pilgrimage is meant to be all inclusive of air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals. You can take extra spending money if you want, but really you are just encouraged to let things go and simply pray and not worry about incidentals. This will give you the freedom you need to empty yourself and truly enter into a spirit of prayer. I will be your spiritual director and we will celebrate Mass daily in all these holy places. I am especially looking forward to once again celebrating Mass at the altar of the tomb of Saint Peter, at the very heart of the Church, as well as visiting the tomb of our new Saint John Paul the Great! Our guide will be Kasia Koczy of JMJ Pilgrimages. She guided my two previous pilgrimages and she is a very knowledgeable and prayerful woman. We will be blessed with the opportunity to pray as a pilgrimage community along the way and to learn and reflect through talks and conferences. So, all in all, we will also gain great insight as we love the Lord and the Church!
My friends, this promises to be a blessed and graced spiritual journey. In the bulletin and in the vestibule of the Church is a flyer for your consideration and to share with others you think might be interested. Blessings to you all! Fr. David Mulholland
GALA AUCTION: The St. Mark Gala Auction, "Once Upon A Time", is tomorrow, Saturday, April 18 from 6 - 10 pm. Don't miss out on the biggest school event of the year! Join us for a Champagne Preview and Silent Auction, followed by a gourmet dinner and Live Auction! Reservations required and formal dress is requested.