Archive | March 2017

2017 Annual Catholic Appeal

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“One Family, Many Gifts”, this year’s theme for the ACA, calls on each of us to unite in one mission to share God’s blessings.

In 2016 St. Mark’s collected in one time gifts or pledges $40,052.00!
This year so far we have collected $12,840.00.
Let’s try to match or beat last year’s total.

Visit http://www.diospringfield.org/aca to make an online donation,
or mail your check to Diocese of Springfield,
PO Box 1730, Springfield, MA 01102-1730.

ST. MARK’S LADIES GUILD Annual Mass

ladies guild logoPlease note the change in date for the Ladies Guild Annual Mass.
We will meet at the Chapel on Wednesday, April 19, at 6:30pm for the celebration of mass by Fr. David. We will also be collecting toothbrushes and toothpaste for adults and children,
which will be donated to the Food Pantry. Refreshments
will be served following the liturgy. This intimate
mass has become a beloved tradition for our group, and all ladies of the parish are invited to join us.

“Socialize, Pray, Serve”

Letter for Lent

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Dear Friends,

The season of Lent is upon us and I hope this finds you well. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few thoughts at the start of the season. These thoughts are centered around our attitude of giving something up for Lent.
Sometimes we think to ourselves that we do not want to give anything up because we do so much, and we already sacrifice a lot for ourselves and there is no need to do anything extra. Lent is a penitential time in the Church. It is a time for us to repent and believe in the Gospel. The sacrifices of prayer, fasting and alms-giving direct us to a greater Love of God and our neighbor. When we deny ourselves of some comfort or pleasure, we reflect on what Christ would have us learn from this. We reflect on how we can become a better person, namely conforming ourselves to Christ, in the midst of any small sacrifice we undertake.

There are signs around the Church and in the bulletin that read: Don’t give up Chocolate for Lent. There is a website on these signs that has a link to receive emails and videos that help us in our understanding of Lent in case you were not able to make it to Daily Mass. They will be available everyday during Lent. Pope Francis challenges us to go a step further. In our Lenten observance, we ought to give up showing indifference toward other people. When we give up indifference toward other people, we feast on love. I hope we can view whatever sacrifices we make with a renewed enthusiasm and an opportunity to grow.

So what will you give up for Lent? Let us think long and hard and may we have the best Lent ever. May it be a period of growth and renewal making us truly free to love and serve the Lord and one another. My prayers, love, support and admiration are with you and your families.

Sincerely Yours, Fr. Dave

Lent 2017

lentOn Wednesdays during Lent:
-Holy Hour from 5:00-6:00pm
-Confessions 5:00-5:30pm
-Stations of the Cross 5:30-6:00pm.

On April 23rd, Divine Mercy Sunday, there will be a Holy Hour from 2:00-3:00pm, with the Divine Mercy Chaplet sung at 3pm, and Confessions available.

Stations of the Cross every Thursday during Lent after 8:00am Mass. Spanish Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7pm except Good Friday and they will be at 5:00pm.

At St. Ann’s Church Family Center, Lenox: Gospel of John Bible Study with Msgr. John on Thursdays throughout Lent, Mar. 2-Apr. 6). Msgr. John will offer an Introduction to the Gospel of John from 6:30-8pm in the Family Center. No books or fees required.
All are welcome.