Archive | July 2014

Patio Pavers

memorial bricksMany people who belonged to St. Mark’s parish have moved away over the years. Please tell your friends and relatives who used to worship here about our beautiful patio. Many still have fond memories of our parish and would be happy to preserve the beauty of our church by purchasing a brick in the patio. 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 it here. Complete per the instructions. Return to:

Romeo Fratterola or the parish office
or mail to St. Mark’s Church
400 West St. Pittsfield, MA 01201


La Salette Missionary

la SalattePlease welcome Fr. John Higgins, of La Salette Missionaries, who will speak of their mission at all Masses this weekend. A special collection for the La Salette Missionaries will be taken next weekend.


On September 19, 1846, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat reported seeing the Virgin Mary on Mount Sous-Les Baisses, weeping bitterly. According to their account, she continued to weep even as she spoke to them—first in French, then in their own dialect of Occitan. After speaking, the apparition vanished. The following day the children’s account of the apparition was put into writing and signed by the visionaries and those who had heard the story.

According to the children’s account, the Virgin invited people to respect the repose of Sunday, and the name of God. She threatened punishment, in particular a scarcity of potatoes, which would rot. The context of these punishments places the warning just prior to the winter of 1846-1847, which was in Europe, and especially in Ireland and in France, a period of famine in the months which followed the apparition. This was one of the factors of the apparition’s popular appeal.

After five years of research, the bishop of Grenoble, Philibert de Bruillard recognized the authenticity of the apparition and Pope Pius IX approved the devotion to Our Lady of La Salette.


toad in a jarWhen:  August 4-8, 2014 ~ 9am to 1:30pm

Cost: $175.00

Ages: 7-12

Campers will observe nature up close through nature hikes, games and crafts, and science activities like examining frogs and butterflies. They will then use their new found knowledge to create a fictional story based on the adventures of each day and receive a book of all their stories at the end of the week.

For more information see our link: Dr. Augie’s Summer Camp
Print out or pick up an application at the church office.


new bishopThe Installation of Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski as 9th Bishop of Springfield will be carried live on a number of media outlets starting at 2pm on Tuesday, August 12th. Locally WWLP 22News will have live coverage with commentary by 22News morning news anchor Rich Tettemer and Fr. William Hamilton. EWTN will also carry the ceremonies live. Live streaming of the Installation Mass will be available on both diocesan websites, and

Shrine of the Blessed Mother

shrineThis is an invitation to all our parishioners to come and have a moment of prayer at our Shrine of the Blessed Mother on the west side of the church. Come and have a seat on the lovely marble bench and pray while admiring the beautiful plantings surrounding the shrine and the lovely, summer weather. It’s a very peaceful, and serene place to give thanks and pray.


gather-inGreylock FCU & Berkshire County Chapter of the NAACP presents:
A Family Friendly Event for All Berkshire County
Activities include Entertainment; Face Paintings; Food Booths; Bouncy House; Music; Girls & Boys Youth Basketball Tournament; Celebrity Dunking Booth, Vendors, Games, Pony Rides; Free Bike Raffle for Kids!

At PITT PARK on Columbus Avenue
SATURDAY, JULY 19, 12noon-6pm