Archive | August 2014

Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

new bishopThe new bishop will be visiting the Berkshires this Sunday, August 31st, 2014. There will be a meet and greet with the Bishop in the St. Joseph Parish Center from 12:30-1:30. Bishop will celebrate the 11:30 Mass at St. Joseph’s. Please stop over and welcome our new Bishop.



ladies guild logoIt will be so good to see everyone again.

Come join us Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.

There will be an important business meeting followed by refreshments and fun activities where we can all visit and catch up. All are welcome.

“Socialize, Pray and Serve”

Festival of Sharing Roots

festival of rootsSunday, September 7th, 2014 from 12:00-5:30PM
St. Joseph Church, 414 North St., Pittsfield
Entertainment begins at 12:30pm
Tag Sale & Crafts start at 9:00am
Featuring: Brazilian, Irish, Polish, French, African, Italian, & American Cuisines!
Craft Tables, Kiddie Land, Food Basket Raffle, Toy Basket Raffle, Lottery Tree & Tag Sale Items for Sale! Enjoy Stickers, Peachie the Clown, get your balloon animal!
Free Admission—Bring your lawn chair!

Religious Education Classes start September 7, 2014

reglious education image cut artRELIGIOUS EDUCATION & ORIENTATION FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS including volunteers, parents and children/teens at the Church on Sunday, Sept. 7th immediately following the 9am Mass for approximately 30 minutes.

Religious Education CALENDAR 2014-2015.

In September we will celebrate Catechetical Sunday. The root word “catechesis” is from a Greek word meaning “to echo or resound”. Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the Church’s teachings to our world. A Catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church. This ministry of teaching in the name of the Church has a profound dignity. This is why we set aside a day to highlight this ministry and invite the entire church community to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others. Parents are truly the primary catechists of your children. You prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On this Sunday we commend the volunteers but also the parents and guardians who take their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation.

Grades K-5 Mary Lou Burdick 442-8444; Candy Puia, Asst.
Grades 6-11 Fr. David Aufiero 447-7510

Food Pantry Garden

food pantry garden produce food pantry garden food pantry tomatoesThis is the first year for the food pantry garden at St. Mark’s. It was bountiful. Tons of produce has been grown in three, rather small garden beds. Lot of hard work, sweat and devotion went into the project. Jessica has taken on the role of lead gardener and has been awesome! If you see her, thank her.

St. Mark’s Church Food Pantry

food pantry bagsFrom January 1st to June 30th this year we have served:
492—Children in these households
894—Adults in these households
87—Seniors in these households
1473—Total Individuals

Total number of bags of food distributed to these households was 2,272.

Also needed: Soup, Chunky Soup, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Cereal, Canned Vegetables, Canned Meals, and Canned Fruit. Monetary contributions are always welcomed.

Another thanks for the awesome amount of ketchup, mustard, and mayo collected during this summer. It was truly appreciated by everyone.

Love & Peace, Your Food Pantry