Archive | October 2014

Food Pantry Needs Your Help

chunky soupWe are seeing a dramatic increase in people at the Food Pantry. On 10/14 we distributed 247 bags. This is the third time we have been this high. Our clients tell us their food stamps have been cut. Please HELP us HELP them!!

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

canned cornTHANKSGIVING…
Once again 14 Food Pantries will consolidate their resources for Thanksgiving food at South Congregational Church on Nov. 24th. This is truly an awesome example of our community coming together to feed our less fortunate.

Our Commitment this year is to provide 2000 cans of corn and 200 butternut squash by Nov.16th. Collected as of 10/27 we have 808 cans. We need cans of corn!

Monetary donations and turkeys are also welcome and should be sent or dropped off to South Congregational Church,
110 South St.

This is the 3rd year St. Mark’s has been a strong supporter of this event.
Thank you for your continuing support.

Love & Peace, Your Food Pantry

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St. Mark’s Ladies Guild Meeting and Mission

christmas card writingDo you need help with writing and addressing your Christmas cards or know someone who could use some help? If so the St. Mark’s Ladies Guild can help. We bring the cards and the stamps, you provide the names and
addresses.

Please call the office 447-7510. Give them your name, address and telephone number. Sometime between November 12 and December 1, a member of the Ladies Guild will contact you to set up a meeting time and place. The Guild member will have a selection of Christmas cards and envelopes to choose from and will work with you to help get the job done.  The first 15 cards are free; any cards over the first 15 are 10 cents each.  Please call today to sign up or discuss the process in detail.

Our Ladies Meeting for November will be on Wednesday the 12th at 6:30pm in the Parish Center.

All are Welcome!

ALL SAINTS DAY / ALL SOULS DAY

praying handsAll Souls Day will be observed at all the weekend Masses.  The All Souls envelopes with the names of our deceased relatives and friends will be placed on the Altar & will be prayed for though out the month of November.  If you had an immediate family member  (parent, sibling, son or daughter) who passed away this past year and would like to add their names to the list please send an email to Fr. John, frsalatino@gmail.com  or call or stop by the parish office with the information.  We will need the proper spelling of the deceased and date of their death.

ALL SAINTS DAY / ALL SOULS DAY

all saints dayThis year All Saints is a Holy Day, just not a Holy Day of obligation. There will be Mass on Saturday at 9:00 in the Chapel.

All Souls Day will be observed at all the weekend Masses.

The All Souls envelopes with the names of our deceased relatives and friends will be placed on the Altar & will be prayed for though out the month of November. Also the list of names of all our parishioners who died in the past year will be read aloud at all the Masses next week. If you had an immediate family member (parent, sibling, son or daughter) who passed away this past year and would like to add their names to the list please send an email to Fr. John, frsalatino@gmail.com  or call or stop by the parish office with the information. We will need the proper spelling of the deceased and date of their death.

Holy Hour for Vocations

Fr dave officeThe first week of November is vocations awareness week. There will be a Holy Hour to promote vocations on Wednesday November 5 at 7pm in St. Joseph’s Church on 414 North St. in Pittsfield. This is open for anyone who is discerning, those who are interested in coming and seeing and anyone who wants to offer prayers of support for the promotion of vocations in our time. Fr. David Aufiero will be the main celebrant and Fr. Gary Dailey, Vocations
Director for Springfield will preach.

If you have any questions, please call or email Fr. David Aufiero at 413-447-7510, frdave13@gmail.com