Archive | May 2016

Vacation Bible School is coming to St. Mark’s!!

mt everest bible campJUNE 27—JULY 1
The fun starts each day at 8:45am and will end at 11:45am at the church.
We are looking for kids who will complete grades K-5 this year to join us on an Expedition to Everest!

Cost is $50 for a week long 1/2 day camp including a t-shirt. Additional siblings are half price.

Remember to bring your own snack and drink.

vacation bible school registration 2016 pdf
vacation bible school registration 2016 ms word

Not a kid? You can still participate.
We will be asking for prayers, donations and volunteers.

vacation bible school volunteer registration 2016 pdf
vacation bible school volunteer registration 2016 ms word

Keep a look out for details in the bulletin.

Vacation Bible Camp

mt everest bible camp

SAVE THE DATE!
Vacation Bible Camp is coming to St. Mark’s!!
JUNE 27—JULY 1
The fun starts each day at 8:45am and will end at 11:45am.

We are looking for kids who will complete grades K-5 this year to join us on an Expedition to Everest!
(Younger kids of volunteers may also register)
Not a kid? You can still participate.
We will be asking for prayers, donations and volunteers.
Keep a look out for details in the bulletin.

From the Parish Nurses

bike helmetSince proper helmet fitting is essential for safety, we will repeat suggestions for proper fitting of a bike helmet…

The helmet should sit level and firmly but comfortably on the head. It should not tilt forward or backward, and a baseball cap should not be worn underneath the helmet. It should have strong, wide straps that fasten snugly under the chin. No more than a finger’s width should be able to fit beneath the strap when it is fastened correctly. The helmet should be tight enough with straps fastened, so that no sudden pulling or twisting can move the helmet around on your or your child’s head and always fastened while riding. Children should also wear their bike helmets when in-line skating or using scooters. Children should never wear helmets while playing on a playground, because helmets can get caught in small places in the equipment and can lead to choking or strangulation.

Make sure you buy a bicycle that is the right fit for your child. If you buy one that’s too big thinking your child will grow into it, your child could lose control and get hurt. Make sure that your child can sit on the seat with their feet flat on the ground and the handlebar is no higher than their shoulder. Bikes for beginners should have coaster (or foot brakes), not complicated hand brakes. If your child is starting on training wheels, be sure they can be adjusted as their riding skills improve.

Happy Biking!

Pastoral Visitation

diocsis of springfieldFrom Bishop Rozanski…

Dear Parishioner of St. Mark’s Church. I and some staff from the diocese will be on a pastoral visitation to your parish on May 17, 2016. These visitations are an  opportunity to better know the parishes in the Diocese and to support the ministries that the church provides for and with you. I hope I will have the opportunity to greet many of you personally with the various activities scheduled for the day. Please come and say hello, if you are able, at the morning Mass.

In case we do not have the opportunity to personally visit that day I invite our thoughts on the following questions with will explore with the parish staff during my visit.

  1. Which ministries or services at St. Mark’s have you found especially helpful in supporting you, your family, neighbors and community?
  1. How might St. Mark’s best continue or strengthen its ministry of its parishioners and the community?
  2. What areas might the church leadership explore to be an even fuller witness of God’s love and healing among you?

After prayful consideration, if you have thoughts on these questions I would appreciate receiving them by email to Fr. Michael Wood, my priest sectary, His email address is m.wood@diospringfield.org.

God bless you and thank you for your role in the pastoral visitation of St. Mark’s

+Bishop Mitchell Rozanski

Bishop of Springfield, MA

 

Donations for EARTHQUAKE IN ECUADOR

earthquake ecuadorThere is a large Ecuadorian population here in the Berkshires, many of whom are members of our parish.  Last week a devastating earthquake hit that county killing hundreds of people, and leaving many thousands of people homeless. Some people contacted the Ecuadorian consulate in New York & asked what could be done to help.  They were told not to collect money, but were asked to have people to contribute the following items that will be given to people who will be homeless for some time to come.  The items are;

  • Blankets, quilts, tents, air mattresses
  • towels
  • Canned foods (non-perishable), powdered drinks & milk, juice packs
  • Baby food, formula and purees
  • Snacks, dried fruit
  • Toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, toiletries (feminine products) disposable diapers
  • cotton gauze, bandages, gloves, alcohol,
  • sunscreen
  • Flashlights, candles
  • mosquito nets, batteries
  • packing tape, battery powered radio
  • Crayons, storybooks, paper, coloring books

A ONE TIME COLLECTION WILL TAKE PLACE on the weekend of May 14th-15th, there will be boxes by the the entrances of the church for any items that you may wish to contribute.  Thank you.