Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

ash wedAsh Wednesday is February 10, 2016, masses will be at 8:00am and 6:00pm at St. Mark’s Church. Ash Wednesday begins our Lenten Season. It is a day of fast and abstinence.

The Lenten Season lasts 40 days giving us time to prepare for Easter Sunday.

As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The ashes are a visible symbol of penance. All are welcome to receive the ashes, including non-Catholics. The ashes are made from blessed palms  from the previous year’s Palm Sunday Mass.


Irish Gala Dinner Event

young wolf tonesThe Pittsfield Cultural Exchange Committee comprised of members of the Berkshire County Irish American Organization and the Pittsfield Irish Sister City Committee presents an Irish Gala Dinner Event at the Pittsfield Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom on Tuesday, June 2, starting a 5pm with dinner at 6:15pm to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Lanesborough, Becket, Richmond & Williamstown and to welcome visitors and performers from Ireland including Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, the Moffatt School of Dance from the Ballina District, County Mayo, Ireland, Pittsfield’s Sister City.

Opening at 5:15pm will be singing sensations NY stage star Ron Ramsey & Samantha Talora.

Tickets are available in Pittsfield at “Brits R Us” and Irish Too, 80 North St., The Berkshire Gen’l Store, 75 North St., & at Lanesboro Restaurant & Pizzeria, 739 S. Main St. Lanesboro or by calling Pat Gormalley/442-8924 or Kevin Cahill/413-770-7512. Tickets are $40. per person and tables of 10 for $350.

Raffle tickets for an Ireland Land Package, including hotels and auto rental worth $2200., donated by Stephanie Abrams travel National Radio Show are available from all of the above.

Holy Day of Adoration

adorationThe season of Lent is not only a time of giving up, it should also be a time of doing more, having more patience, more forgiveness, more faithfulness, more prayers. Lent should be a season of personal growth, when we try to grow closer to God. Next week St. Mark’s will offer an opportunity for you to do all of these things. Next Friday, March 13th through Saturday, March 14th, we will have 24 hours of Eucharistic Adoration. Beginning at 4pm Friday in the chapel there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and then for the next 24 hours you will be able to come and spend time with the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The 24 hours will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the church on Saturday at 4pm.
You are invited as individuals and families to come and spend some time in prayer with the Lord. Also, all ministries, (lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, singers, musicians, altar servers), committees, councils, and volunteer groups are invited to choose an hour and come and pray for our parish, and the work that we do. There are so many things that we need to pray for, the intentions on our Prayer Line, the well-being of our parish, the problems of the world, our own crosses that we bear and the needs and wants of our loved ones. We should also give thanks and praise to God for all that He gives us, and especially during Lent, to thank Him for His love and presence in our lives.

Adoration will be going on for 24 hours, so please sign up (sign up sheet is on the piano) for an hour or a half hour, come and give a little bit of your busy life back to God.

During these 24 hours there will also be other events going on:
Confessions in the church FRIDAY 5-7PM
Reflection for Lectors FRIDAY 7-8PM, in Fr. Leonard Hall
Lunch of Soup & Sandwich SATURDAY, 12-1PM, Fr. Leonard Hall
Talk with Fr. David and the Holy Name Society SATURDAY 1-2PM in Fr. Leonard Hall, on the ‘7 Last Words of Christ’
Confessions in the Church, SATURDAY 2-3:45PM
Closing of the 24 hours with Benediction at 4PM in the Church