Whether you are just visiting for a short while, have moved here and are joining our parish, or are returning to your Catholic Faith, on behalf of our staff and all of the parishioners of our parish, I want to personally welcome you to St. Mark Catholic Church in Highlands Ranch.
When Jesus was asked which of all the commandments was the greatest, he replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 1 These two Commandments form the foundation of our mission at St. Mark. Love for neighbor flows from love for God.
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, celebrated reverently and beautifully, is at the heart of the first of these commandments. Worship of God in the Eucharist is “the source and summit of our Christian life.” 2 From this worship of God we then go out into the world to love our neighbor. The love of neighbor begins at home, in serving each other in our parish family.
God has given each of us great gifts, gifts which He intends for us to use to help build His kingdom here on earth. At St. Mark there are many opportunities to use the gifts God has given you to serve Him and His Church. Please check out our website and bulletin to see where God may be calling you to participate in this mission. We are very glad you are here and look forward to getting to know you.
May God richly bless you!
Fr. Greg Bierbaum
1 Matthew 22:37–39 (RSV-CE)
2 Lumen gentium Ch. 2 para. 11 (or “the fount and apex of the whole Christian life…”)