Archive | May 2013

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



Deacon Spencer Trova

blessingCongratulations to Rev. Mr. Spencer Trova of our parish who became an ordained permanent deacon Saturday May 25, 2013.

Deacon Spencer has been assigned to St. Mark’s to serve the parish along with Deacon Sean.

As a permanent deacon Spencer will be able to proclaim and preach the Gospel during Mass, and preside at weddings, funerals and baptisms. He will also assist in many other pastoral duties.

deaconsSpencer has been preparing for the deaconate for four years driving to the Elms College in Chicopee twice a week to take classes and instructions, all the while working full time as a psychiatric nurse at BMC.

St. Mark’s will now be doubly blessed by having both Deacon Spencer and Deacon Sean.

Please continue to pray for our new priest who were recently ordained to the priesthood.
Our Lord is indeed listening to our prayers for vocations.

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The Order of Priest

Rev. David Aufiero

Rev. David Aufiero

Our prayers for vocations continue to be answered. Congratulations and God’s blessings to Rev. Piotr Calik, Rev. John Hurley, Rev. Robert Miskell, Rev. Michael Pierz, and especially to FR. DAVID AUFIERO, who is the new Parochial Vicar of St. Mark’s Church. Fr. Aufiero will begin his ministry here at St. Mark’s the 22nd & 23rd of June.

Rev. Aufiero was born in Malden, Mass.His home parish is St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Revere, Mass.

He graduated from Malden Catholic High School in 2002 and attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and graduated in 2007 with bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He entered St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., in the fall of 2007, where he is studying philosophy and theology in preparation for his ordination to priesthood next June.

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.

New Deacon

Spenser and bishopOur Blessed Mother has been listening to our prayers for vocations.  On  May  25th,  at  11:00am,  at  St.  Michael’s Cathedral  in  Springfield,  Mr.  Spencer  Trova  of  our parish,  will be ordained to the Deaconate. Deacon Trova will  be  serving  here at  St.  Mark’s   parish, along  with Deacon Sean Mulholland. Please pray for Spencer as he prepares for his ordination and if you can please join him at St. Michael’s on May 25th.