The Baptism of the Lord SaintMark Church January 11, 2015
Whenever I read the Gospel passages relat- ing to the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, it reminds me of the time in May of 1994 when I stood with my Mom and 48 other pilgrims in the waters of the Jordan River renewing our own Bap- tismal Promises. Many of us (if not most of us) were Baptized as infants or small children, and our parents and Godparents made promises to raise us in the faith and to teach us about God and His lov- ing message. So, when we renew our Baptismal Promises, we remember what God calls us to and how He guides us on our journey of faith.
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time SaintMark Church February 1, 2015
Earlier this week our office staff mailed out the tax deduc- tion letters to each of our active parishioners so that you can take them to your accountant and reduce the amount you will owe on April 15th (or increase the amount of your refund!) But we also send these letters as our way of saying THANK YOU for supporting our parish minis- tries!
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time SaintMark Church October 20, 2013
On October 7th all the priests of the Archdiocese gath- ered with our Archbishop for our annual Presbyteral Assembly. Each priest in the archdiocese makes a concerted effort to be present to hear from the Archbishop as well as to renew friend- ships with brother priests. Very often we do not see each other often because we are all spread out over our large Archdiocese. The Archdiocese extends as far north as Santa Maria, right be- low San Luis Obispo - at least three hours from here. We heard good news that the number of seminarians are increasing here in Los Angeles as well as throughout the country. The challenging news is that it takes at least seven years to train and form a fu- ture priest. We all need to pray for vocations. Presently the staff- ing of parishes with a satisfactory number of priests is a very challenging task. As you know Fr. Francisco was “borrowed” from us to temporarily be Administrator of a parish because the pastor needed to go and be with his family in South America. There is still no word on when that pastor will return as well as when Fr. Francisco will return to St. Mark’s. I saw Fr. Francisco at the gathering and he told me that “he is ready to come home to St. Mark’s.” I am ready for him to come home to St. Mark’s too! Until he returns I am pretty much here alone but I am fortu- nate that I have several priests willing to come in to help with Masses. Because I must deal with the everyday issues of the parish by myself I would ask you to be patient with me if I am not able to respond to your needs immediately. Please pray for me, Fr. Francisco and all the priests of the Archdiocese. Beginning today there are two opportunities being offered for fellowship and the sharing of a meal. This Sunday morning, October 20th, the Knights of Columbus are once again inviting you to a Pancake
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time SaintMark Church August 17, 2014
During these past few weeks our newspapers have been filled with stories of violence ranging from our own city to the streets of Gaza and the towns in Iraq. And, once again, it is the poor, the defenseless, and the children who are suffering the most. In Mexico and Central America, children are leaving their homes and families to embark on a risky journey to the United States in hopes of escaping the violence that is so preva- lent in their own countries.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time SaintMark Church October 13, 2013
Each day, including Sundays, we are blessed to hear small passages from the scriptures. On Sunday’s there is a the- matic connection between all three readings but the most memo- rable reading is from one of the four Gospels. Over a three year cycle the Gospel passages pretty much present each of the Gos- pels in their entirety. The words of Jesus, as written down by four evangelist - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - communicate the words and actions of Jesus. It is up the Presider of the liturgy to interpret and present a contemporary message for our time. In today’s Gospel story, Jesus is disappointed that only one healed leper returns to say thanks. Jesus could have related to a quote from 18th century entrepreneur Timothy Dexter, who wrote: “An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they came from.”
As a Priest-in-Residence Father Tang's pri- mary responsibilities will his academic work at LMU and with his students. But he will be availa- ble here at SaintMark to celebrate Masses and the other Sacraments. And, as you get to know him, you will find that he is a compassionate Confessor (especially for those sins that you don't want your Pastor to know about!).
Upon my arrival here at SaintMark I was pleasantly surprised to see that the parish had a Peace and Justice Fund that was set up to assist those who were struggling financially. Since I have been here at SaintMark these funds have been used to support the Turning Point Shelter, Catholic Charities, the Saint Joseph Center, the Union Rescue Mission, and our Thanksgiving Gift Basket program. And, after all that, we still have some funds remaining in the account.
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time SaintMark Church August 25, 2013
One of the most inspiring scenes of nature is the return of salmon to their spawning grounds. In Seattle, a narrow gate was built to help the salmon ascend the 21-foot difference be- tween Puget Sound and Lake Washington. It is a fish ladder, nar- row path that allows the salmon to climb steps up to the fresh- water level.
SAINTMARK YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY
The SaintMark Young Adult Ministry works to meet the pastoral needs of singles and couples in their 20’s and 30’s in the parish and meet each month for prayer and fellowship. Please join us this Sunday December 21at at 6:30pm in the school’s faculty room.
5th Sunday of Easter SaintMark Church May 3, 2015
During these first three Sundays in May we are blessed to be celebrating the First Communion Masses for our parish children who will be receiving the Body and Blood of Christ for the first time. When I gather the children around the altar for the Eucharistic Prayer, I am reminded of how we are to receive the Eucharist with child-like wonder and awe. Jesus gave us Holy Communion because He wants to live within us. And we want Him to be an integral part of our lives!
The SaintMark Young Adult Ministry works to meet the pas- toral needs of 18 to 39, singles and couples, in the parish. The ministry at SaintMark has meetings, or YAM sessions, on the second Sunday of each month for prayer and fellowship as we encourage one another to live out the gospel in every day life. For more information or to be added to our mailing list, con- tact us at SaintMarkYAM@gmail.com. The next meeting will be this Sunday, April 13th at 6:30pm in the schools faculty room.
The St. Mark Early Childhood religion readiness program begins next Sunday Aug. 25 during out 9am mass. We welcome children who are 4 and 5 (or in kindergarten). Through experiences, music, movement and prayer the program helps our children grow in their awareness of God – the Creator, the Loving Parent, the Friend - and the wonderful world he has made for us to enjoy.
coming together to share their gifts. First, the music at Mass. Wow! Under the direction of Maeve Cummings and Valerie Vinnard our parish choirs, musicians and guests led us in musical prayer that was uplifting, inspirational and a true blessing. Aided in particular by Mark Balling, Alex Venegas and Paul Peglar we traveled through a musical journey of faith. I selected music that at some juncture in these past 25 years has touched me and left a lasting impression. A close friend of mine, Msgr. Joseph Brennan, Modera- tor of the Curia (actually the #2 man behind the Archbishop), hon- ored me by singing John Michael Talbot’s “Holy is his Name”. This is a modern setting of the Magnificat. It was dedicated to my late mother whose soul now “Magnifies the Lord.”
My two sisters originally asked me about having his Memorial Mass here at St. Mark over the summer. I agreed, and we started to make plans. But so many of his friends in Memphis started asking, "When are we having the Mass to celebrate his life?" After a few conversations we agreed that it would be best to celebrate his Mass in Memphis, so that so many of his friends could attend. So, while you are reading this, I am pre- paring for Mike's Mass at 2:00 on Sunday after- noon.
Happy New Year
As we welcome the New Year 2015 perhaps this is the right time to consider a Faith Formation opportunity at St. Mark. Bible Study continues each Monday evening with a current study that focuses on “Women in the New Testament.” If you are baptized Catholic and have not celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation there is a preparation beginning on January 24. Please call 310-822-1201 to register. Other adult groups invite you to join them for prayer each week. Meditation and gentle stretching resumes on Monday January 5 at 6:30pm. The Legion of Mary will meet Tuesday January 6 at 7pm. Call the Religious Education Office to let us know you are coming.
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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time—February 26, 2017 Octavo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario— 26 de Febrero 2017
SAINT OF THE DAY: St. Aubin Feastday: March 1
Albinus, also known as Aubin, entered the monastery of Tincillac when a youth. He was known for his gener- osity to the sick and the indi- gent, widows, and orphans, for his work in ransoming slaves, and for