There will be a funeral Mass tomorrow, Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11 AM for parishioner Dorothy Scholze. Her obituary may be found at the Becks Funeral Home website via the link below. Please join us in praying for Dorothy and that her loved ones may be comforted and find peace.
"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."
On Monday Dec. 8, 2014 in Seattle, WA Dorothy passed away. Formerly of Pittsburgh, PA (Forest Hills) she was born in North Braddock, PA on Feb 25, 1921 to Stephen and Veronica Stash; sister to Andrew, Joseph, Albert and Edward Stash.
*GIVING TREE GIFTS & SIMBANG GABI* Giving Tree Gifts are due this Sunday to Sullivan Hall! If you are providing a Gift Card gift, please DO NOT leave it in Sullivan Hall and instead drop it off at the Parish Office or with staff member Veronica Olson.
Also, this Sunday is the St. Mark Parish celebration of Simbang Gabi at the 11 AM Mass which is an annual tradition celebrated in anticipation of Christmas and to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary! Following the special liturgy, there will be an amazing reception in the parish Gym! Everyone is invited to enjoy Filipino food, folk dances, Christmas songs, treats and pictures with Santa for the kids. As part of the tradition, all are invited to bring your favorite dessert to share in the Filipino potluck dessert table for everyone to enjoy. Come one, come all, come all ye faithful and celebrate with us the coming of Christ!
Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! Join us for Mass at 9 am!
"Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for holy Church, protect the sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke you in their necessities, and since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, of burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance."
This weekend is the closing retreat for the "Forty Weeks: Living Life as Sacred Story" program! The Forty Weeks celebration will be hosted by our friends at Sacred Heart Church in Bellevue (9460 NE 14th St, Bellevue, WA 98004) on Friday evening (December 12th – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) and Saturday morning (December 13th – Feast of St. Lucy).
This will be a joyful opportunity for all to come together in faith. Whether you have done ALL the sections of Forty Weeks, SOME of the sections, or NONE of the sections, ALL are invited! Be sure to tell you friends!
The retreat and refreshments are FREE and if you are able to RSVP, it will be a great help for Sacred Heart Church in their refreshments preparation. You can RSVP and find the complete retreat schedule at the Sacred Story website link attached.
Celebrating Forty Weeks at Week 40: December 12-13, 2014. Come Friday, Saturday or both—Come for the prayer services or just Fr. Watson’s presentations. Forty Weeks completion is not required! Come & celebrate our life in Christ! All events are free!
Notes before the weekend: 1) This Monday, December 8th is a Holy Day of Obligation in observance of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses at St. Mark will be held at 9 AM and 7 PM to honor this Solemnity.
2) This Sunday, we are starting a new involvement with the School at Mass called School Ministry Sundays which will take place on the first Sunday of each month! Students from St. Mark Parish School Shoreline will be assisting at our Masses as Greeters, Ushers, Gift Bearers and at the 9 AM Mass, we will have students proclaim the readings as Lectors! They will also be serving Coffee & Donuts in Sullivan Hall. It will be wonderful to have them involved in a visible way at Mass!
3) Please turn in your Stewardship Renewal Commitment Cards! It's as easy as tossing them in the collection basket during Mass or handing to an Usher! Thank you!
Bible verse of the day: "Be calm in your waiting; let your hearts be strong: because the coming of the Lord is near" -James 5:8
Tomorrow is the First Friday of the month and we will be holding Perpetual Adoration in the Church sanctuary instead of the Adoration Chapel. Exposition will begin at the end of the Friday 9 AM Mass and will conclude before the 9 AM Saturday Mass. The Church will be open for 24 hours to give YOU the opportunity to spend time with Jesus. Want to take a break during your day? Come be with Jesus! Can't sleep in the middle of the night? Come spend your time with Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament! The Church will be open and Jesus will be waiting to see you.
"If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." - St. Maximilian Kolbe
The St. Mark Christmas Giving Tree is up in the vestibule of the Church! We are reaching out and helping 7 local organizations this year with gifts. Please consider perusing and taking a gift star or two off of the tree, buy the item listed on the star and return it to Sullivan Hall by Sunday, December 14th to help make a special person's Christmas merry and bright! It is a great way to be of service and to give back during this blessed Advent season as we prepare our hearts for the birth of Christ! Thank you!
Giving Tuesday – December 2, 2014 Looking to give before year-end? What is "Giving Tuesday"? The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is a special day created a couple years ago as a National Day of Giving to kick off the giving season. Your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal will help over 60 ministries and services throughout Western Washington. A gift of any amount is welcome and will make a difference! Give today – thank you!
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we will be having a special Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9 AM! Remember to bring food for your dinner table and food to donate to St. Vincent de Paul and place it on the tables on the altar before Mass so that Father Mulholland will bless it! Then, after Mass, there will be a Cinnamon Rolls reception in Sullivan Hall! Join with us to give thanks to God as the first priority of your day and may your Thanksgiving be blessed!