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re-imageClasses for Kindergarten through Grade 9 will begin on September 24th at St. Mark Church.

Grade 10 and 11 will meet monthly from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at St. Joseph Church. Starting September 17.

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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

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
journey.

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 Mother’s Day

mary and childDear Friends,
Happy Mother’s Day! I hope the day finds you well and you enjoy it with friends and family. You are in our thoughts and
prayers here at St. Mark’s Church.
May is a special time in the Church. Along with celebrating
Mothers, it is also the month we honor our Blessed Mother:
Mary. In the sanctuary, there is a crowned statue of the Blessed Mother right next to our special font for Easter. Christ gave Mary to his disciples at the foot of the cross where he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciples, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (Jn 19:26-27) Especially during this month may we take the
Blessed Mother into our homes. Offer her a prayer of thanksgiving or a “Hail Mary” in honor of her being a Mother for us and for the whole Church. You can even say a “Hail Mary” while praying for the Red Sox. Whatever way you choose best to pray to her, choose one and get started, you will not regret it. Mary prays to her son on our behalf.

Sincerely Yours,
Fr. Dave

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