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Comemorative PATIO PAVERS

memorial bricksBe part of the permanent history of St. Mark’s Church by ordering an engraved memorial brick in our new beautiful patio. This is a thoughtful way to remember your loved ones, commemorate a milestone or be remembered by your church.

The brick size 4″ x 8″  has three lines with 20 letters per line ($100 donation).
The brick size 8″ x 8″  has six lines with 20 letters per line ($200 donation).
All money raised from the sale of pavers will be used to maintain the building and grounds of the church.  Please find a paver form in the entrance of the church or download the form below and complete per the instructions.

Return to:
Romeo Fratterola or St. Mark’s parish office at 400 West St. Pittsfield, MA 01201. Checks can be made payable to: St. Mark’s Church Patio Fundraiser.

church paver form

Church Patio

Fr. LenordIn our beautiful new patio, there will be a special brick honoring Fr. Leonard, the founder of our parish, as well as bricks for the pastors, and priests who ministered here over the past 100 years. There will be bricks honoring the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Sisters of Providence, and bricks for the closed parishes of Pittsfield. Our engraved names and thoughts will be there for generations to come. The donation for a 4” x 8” paver is $100. and for an 8” x 8” paver is $200.  Please mention the patio to former St. Mark’s parishioners you may know and see if they might want to buy a brick also, honoring a special occasion (birth, wedding, anniversary, baptism, 1st Holy Communion, confirmation) or for a deceased loved one.

ATTENTION EVERYONE!! We have 93 people/families who gave/pledged at least $1620.00, who are entitled to have a brick in our patio through their generosity to our Capital Campaign who have NOT completed a NEW order form for the brick paver. PLEASE DO SO A.S.A.P. The original forms we had you fill out can not be used—spacing is not correct for the bricks—we apologize. Order forms are located at the entrances of the church.

We want to have them engraved and put in the patio before the snow flies!!

St. Mark’s Church Patio

memorial bricksRecently, you might have all seen the beautiful landscaping in the front of the Church. In addition St. Mark’s is building a patio on the east side of the Church and we all are invited to become a permanent part of St. Mark’s history.

In the back of the Church you can see a picture of the layout of this beautiful patio.

Next week there will be a form in the bulletin that will allow us to order a personalized brick paver that will be used as part of the patio floor. Our engraved names and thoughts will be there for generations to come.

The donation for a 4” x 8” paver is $100 and a 8” x “8 paver is $200.

St. Mark’s Fleece Jackets

Celebrate St. Mark’s Church 100 years in a fleece jacket with the St. Mark 100 Year emblem beautifully embroidered on the front.

You can place your order after mass at the front of the church every week. Each come in a variety of colors and sizes.

Fleece lined jacket $75

Fleece lined jacket $75

Heavy Fleece Jacket $45

Heavy Fleece Jacket $45

Light Grey Fleece Pullover $35

Light Grey Fleece Pullover $35

lt grey fleece pull zipper front

Light fleece with zipper front $$35

crew neck or hoodie sweatshirt $28

 

Pastor recalls early memories of St. Mark’s Church

Story by Susan M. Wicker Guerrero / Berkshire Beacon

PITTSFIELD  – Father John Salatino’s earliest memories of St. Mark’s Church on West Street are of coming to church and being unable to see everything that was going on. “I must have been three or four years old and wanted to see more,” he said.
He is now pastor of the church of his childhood. This is St. Mark’s 100th anniversary year, being established in 1913. A huge celebration including a Mass, reception and dinner, was celebrated two weeks ago.
Fr. JohnFr. Salatino is the son of Pittsfield residents John, a native of Calabria, Italy, and Suzanne Salatino. His mother is Irish and Slovak.The family moved to Backman Avenue near the church when he was very young. Pastor attended since childhood
He received his First Holy Community and confirmation at St. Mark’s. After graduating from Taconic High School, he studied hotel and restaurant management at Berkshire Community College. He said he thought about going into the seminary since he was eight years old.
After B.C.C., he knew he needed to get a college degree so he enrolled at Westfield State College where he earned a B.A. degree in Spanish.
He also spent a semester at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City. He attended St. John’s Seminary in Boston for five years prior to being ordained.

Fr. Salatino’s first assignment was at St. Patrick’s Church in Chicopee and then he spent eight years at St. Mary’s in Westfield. When first asked to become pastor at St. Mark’s in his hometown, Fr. Salatino was reluctant. “They said, ‘Pray about it,”” he recalled, and then he decided to accept.
It literally meant coming home, as most of his family lives in this area and Pittsfield is his hometown.

Works with Hispanic community
His ability to speak Spanish has come in handy, as he works extensively with the growing Hispanic population in Berkshire County. He has served as pastor of St. Mark’s since November 2003. For hobbies, he enjoys biking, cross country skiing and kayaking. He said the best part of the parish is the people. “They are very generous, very kind and always willing to help,” he said.  The parish has a food pantry open to the community, Meals on Wheels once a month and opens its facilities to AA, mental health recovery and the Boy and Girl Scouts. An extremely popular father and daughter dance also originated at St. Mark’s and became a model for similar dances throughout the country. “St. Mark’s will continue to be a vital part of the community,” Fr. Salatino said.

It’s been a busy year for the young pastor and all of his flock

A recent trip to Italy and Turkey was part of the anniversary festivities.  Fr. Salatino and about 20 parishioners recently completed that trip. True to his love of cooking, the pastor bought some paprika in a market in Turkey. In addition, Fr. Salatino participated in a concert featuring 15 diocesan priests performed at the Barrington Stage Company last weekend. Proceeds went to the annual Catholic Appeal.