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Posted by Kimm Wesley on 10/30/20

Most of us have received our letters with our pledge cards for this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). I was so anxious to get mine that I nearly got my head stuck in the mailbox looking for it every day! If you didn’t get a pledge card in the ... Read More »


Posted by Kimm Wesley on 7/22/20

“. . . and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” – Mt 13:44 I decided to write a very brief synopsis of where we’ve been as a parish over these last few months, and my hopes for our future.

In mid-March, ... Read More »

Do you remember when it was called the “Thanksgiving Appeal”?

Posted by Kimm Wesley on 11/13/18

There is plenty for everyone! You may not remember that at one time, our Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) was referred to as the “Thanksgiving Appeal”. The name we use today better describes the purpose of the appeal, while the previous name seemed to emphasize the disposition we have ... Read More »

The Gospel and Our Response . . .

Posted by Deacon Frank Pettrone on 10/11/17

One measure of a country, a city, or a community is to look at their most vulnerable members. How do they live? How are those who are most in need cared for and assisted by those who are blessed with more? We, the parishioners at St. Mark’s Church, have ... Read More »

Come Holy Spirit!

Posted by Deacon Frank Pettrone on 5/12/16

This weekend we will celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit!  "Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God "Father" and to share in Christ's grace, called children of light and given ... Read More »

Pope Francis' Examination of Conscience Helps

Posted by Deacon Frank Pettrone on 3/03/15

Please copy this address into your browser and enjoy a good article with several examination of conscience points from Pope Francis.

Deacon Frank


3 Minutes: Penance and Reconciliation

Posted by Deacon Frank Pettrone on 3/03/15

I thought I would share this video on the Sacrament of Penance. 

Please copy and paste the below link into your browser.

May you know God's healing love, now and always.

Deacon Frank


"Undoing" the Knots

Posted by Deacon Frank Pettrone on 2/27/15

We had our first afternoon of our Lenten Retreat last Sunday, February 22, 2015.  Many of the people who attended mentioned that it was a beautiful and prayerful time.   At our weekend masses, we also distributed pamphlets explaining the devotion, along with an associated prayer.  You will find more ... Read More »

Ashes, Snow and the Cross

Posted by Deacon Frank Pettrone on 2/21/15

February 18, 2015, we began the season of Lent by being signed with ashes after hearing Matthew's Gospel with Jesus' instruction on how to pray, fast and give alms.  Our Gospel reading for the next day on Thursday after Ash Wednesday is taken from Luke's Gospel, in which we ... Read More »

An opportunity to save lives . . .

Posted by Deacon Frank Pettrone on 1/07/15

January 22, 2015 is the “Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children” in the United States.”  On this day, we each are called to “prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and penance for violations to the dignity of ... Read More »