memorial day

Memorial day-God Bless our veterans and their families–Fr. David

Memorial Day mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Monday May 29th at 11am in the mausoleum area.
Please bring a chair to sit on. In case of rain mass will be at St. Joseph’s church.


confirmation class 2017Dear Friends,
This weekend we will celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation
here at St. Mark’s Church. We had five outstanding teens
receiving Confirmation: Molly Clement, Michael
Kays, Olivia Nda, Shannon Netzer, and Gabrielle Puia. Please pray
for them as they make this great commitment of faith in their spiritual

The sacrament of Confirmation is the strengthening of
baptismal grace. Grace is the free and undeserved gift of God’s help
in our lives to fully live out our respective vocations. In the sacrament
of Confirmation we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. According
to the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1303,
– it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which
makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;
– it unites us more firmly to Christ;
– it increases the gift of the Holy Spirit in us;
– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
– it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ more boldly, and to never be ashamed of the cross.

Receiving Confirmation is not the end but rather the
beginning. I hope and pray that our teen’s journey continues after
they have completed their Faith Formation classes. May they find
new and creative ways to share Christ always. Once again, please
pray for them. And may God Bless you and your families.

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Sincerely Yours,
Fr. David Aufiero

Happy Easter

he is risen easter
Dear Friends,
Happy Easter! I hope that this letter finds you well. Firstly, I would like to express my thanks to everyone who participated in the Easter Triduum services.
They went off without a hitch and could not have gone off well without
you. Also, we wish you all a Happy Easter from all of us here in St. Mark’s Church. We hope that you enjoy your time with family and friends, and above all enjoying the resurrection season of our Lord. The great thing about Easter is that compared to
the forty days we experienced in Lent, we have fifty days in Easter. This is symbolic for us as Catholics, which serves as a reminder that the trials and the challenges that face us in our lives today are nothing, just a drop in the hat, compared to the joy that we experience with our Lord in His resurrection. Christ fights the battle for us, the
battle is done, and He is risen! Let’s always place our faith and find hope in the resurrection of the Risen Lord.

God bless you and as always, please know of our prayers, for you… please keep us in yours!

Sincerely Yours,
Fr. David Aufiero

Palm Sunday Letter

palm sundayDear Friends,
I hope this finds you well. I just want to write and tell you we made it all the way here to Palm Sunday and we have just one more week before we get to the Easter Vigil. Holy Week is a very sacred time for us as Catholics during the year. It is the last week of Lent and we want to be especially mindful of finishing up strong and
persevering in our practices for our Lord. I hope that the time has been a wonderful way for you to reflect on yourself and your relationship with Christ.

This week, we have the Easter Triduum. We invite all of you to come and be a part of the Masses this week. We will have Adoration with confession available on Wednesday from 5-6pm. On Thursday, we celebrate the Last Supper, and meditate especially on
the institution of the Priesthood, the Eucharist and service. On Good Friday, we remember the Lord’s Passion, and at the Easter Vigil, we go through all of salvation history and celebrate the night of the resurrection.

This year we have seven catechumens in the Church. Two of them will receive confirmation. The Easter Vigil will also start outside this year on the patio. We will have the Easter Fire on the Patio, and then process into the Church. This is so that we may gather around it and experience the flames dispelling the darkness and lighting
up the night. The beauty of the fire, its warmth and its light, will draw us together, and why not experience our prayer in a different setting.

The best way to prepare for Easter is to take a little extra time this week to pray or to go to confession. You may want to meditate on sacred scripture, this is where God really speaks to us. Also, Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence if you are healthy enough and within the age of 18-59. Lastly, try to do an act of kindness for someone. Prayer fasting and almsgiving is in effect until the Easter Vigil.

God Bless you all, and it is always a pleasure to be with you.
Sincerely Yours,
Fr. Dave


heart monthThe American Heart Association has launched a new “Act in Time” campaign to  increase  people’s  awareness  of  heart  attack  and  stroke  and  the  importance  of  calling  9-1-1 immediately  at  the  onset  of  heart  attack  symptoms. Heart  attack  and  stroke  are  life-and-death  emergencies—every  second counts.

Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and
treatments.  But  to  be  effective,  these  drugs  must  be  given  relatively  quickly
after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. Coronary heart disease is
America’s No. 1 killer with Stroke being No. 3 and a leading cause of disability. That is why it is so important to reduce your risk factors, know the warning  signs  and  to  respond  quickly  when  warning  signs  occur.  Heart  Attack warning signs are sometimes sudden and intense but most start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. People aren’t sure what is going on and delay getting help quickly.
Some warning signs for heart attack include chest discomfort in the center of
the chest that last for more than a few minutes, or that goes away and then
returns.  It  can  feel  like  an  uncomfortable  pressure,  squeezing,  fullness  or
pain. Other areas of the body that may experience pain or discomfort is one
or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Shortness of breath may occur
with or without chest discomfort;  other signs might include breaking out in a
cold  sweat,  nausea,  lightheadedness,  confusion,  indigestion,  weakness,
unusual fatigue, or fainting.
Signs  and  symptoms  of  stroke  include:  sudden  numbness  or  weakness  of
face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding may occur. One may experience trouble seeing  in  one  or  both  eyes,  trouble  walking,  and  dizziness,  loss  of  balance  or coordination, sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
IF  you  or  someone  you  are  with  experiences  any  of  these  symptoms,
especially  with  one  or  more  of  the  signs,  CALL  9-1-1  IMMEDIATELY.
That is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.

Also,  learn  CPR.  It  may  save  your  life  or  that  of  your  loved  one.  Please  remember  we  are  available  for  blood  pressure  screening  and  discussions  of any health concerns.

It’s been tough weather lately and we are inside more and isolated. So let’s
get together and get moving. We would like to do a walking DVD, in fr. Leonard Hall. It is for all ages and abilities. Basically, walking in place, some side steps,  kicks.  One  can  do  whatever  is  comfortable  for  them,  also,  can  hold onto a chair for balance if need be.
It will be a good way to socialize and move a little. We can use any morning
Monday-Wednesday and meet once a week. Please call us if interested, and
let us know what day is best for you and we will go with the majority.