Today’s Gospel said that Jesus “remained in the desert for forty days” (Mark 1:13, emphasis added). Remaining with Jesus in the desert is not easy. (Welcome to Lent.)
Further driving home how difficult it is to follow him, in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus warns, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily” (Luke 9:23). Yet on another note, in John’s Gospel, Jesus commands us, “Remain in my love” (John 15:9). Remaining in Jesus’ love isn’t easy, either—especially when it involves the desert.
Feeling like it’s too difficult to do this by ourselves is okay. It’s often exactly where God wants us—because it pushes us to rely on him. That can be a place of profound growth. Our parish, and those we serve, relies on you to help us meet our many needs and the needs of our community. As you lift the cross Jesus asks of you this Lent, please remember our Diocesan Ministry Appeal. We are counting on you. This Lent, count on us, and count on God! We’ll walk in the desert with you.
Our Knights of Columbus are providing the meat for the meal and our very own Janet Scavuzzo will do the cooking so you won’t want to miss out on this amazing meal and celebration! We will serve Sicilian beef and Italian sausage sandwiches. We ask parishioners to bring a side according to last names (see below). You are also encouraged to bring a special bread or cake to place on our dedicated St. Joseph table.
What to bring by last name:
A-M: SIDE DISH (baked beans, baked mac & cheese, pasta salad, deviled eggs, green salad, etc.)
Join us for First Friday Adoration at St. Mark! Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 8:45 am and will continue throughout the day, concluding with Benediction at 4:00 pm (earlier this month due to a scheduling conflict). This is a beautiful way to encounter our Eucharistic Lord, and we encourage you and your families to join us every first Friday.
Sign up for a Holy Hour:
Sign up for a one-hour Adoration time slot here. You can also find other scheduled Adoration opportunities at St. Mark. You do not need to sign up to join us for Adoration, but many people find great benefit in committing to a scheduled time.
PRAY WITH HALLOW THIS LENT! Our gift to you for only $1!
Great news – we are excited to announce that we are partnering with Hallow this Lent! Parishioners are invited to access all premium app content beginning now through Easter Sunday. We’ll have a specific Lenten prayer challenge starting Ash Wednesday.
Hallow is the #1 prayer app in the world. Through prayer and meditation rooted in the Catholic faith, Hallow helps people grow closer to God and find peace. Users are able to pray alongside Fr. Mike, Immaculee, Mark Wahlberg, Jonathan Roumie, Bishop Barron, Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs, and many more.
To join Hallow as part of our parish’s Lenten program, which gives you access to all premium app content for just $1, follow these steps:
If you do not already have an account:
Scan the QR code or visit hallow.com/holyday.
Type in [Parish Name]. Follow instructions to redeem offer/download app.
Log in w/ same email/password you used to create account (Do not click Google/Apple/phone).
If you do already have an account:
Scan the QR code or visit hallow.com/holyday.
Type in [Parish Name]. Follow instructions to redeem offer.
Choose the last option: “Already have an account? Log in.”
Log in using your current email address and password.
And don’t forget the Pray40, Hallow’s 40-day prayer challenge from Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday. We look forward to praying with you!
Journey to Joy: The meaning, peace, and happiness for which you thirst.
March 2 & 3 at 6:00 pm
Joy and sorrow are so far removed from each other on the spectrum of human emotion that it seems illogical to stick them together. Yet, your life has sorrows, but you are meant for joy. Facing the reality of sorrow, we can either live in denial of the pain or dig deeper for meaning and joy. In contemplating the seven sorrows of the Mother of Jesus, we can discover what so many Christians over the centuries have found: in Mary’s sorrows we find a model of faith and how to discover happiness in the midst of suffering.
This event is free, and childcare will be available.
Our presenter is Fr. Daniel Brandenburg, LC. Fr. Brandenburg is priest of the Legionaires of Christ, part of the Regnum Christi Community. Regnum Christi consists of lay members, consecrated men and women, and the priests and brothers of the religious congregation of the Legionaries of Christ.
After Fr. Brandenburg professed his temporal vows in September of 1995, he studied 2 years of classical humanities in Cheshire and Thornwood, then headed to Rome for philosophy studies. From 1999–2002 he did his apostolic internship in Denver, Colorado as director of a vocation team. He returned to Rome to continue his studies (license in philosophy, then bachelor’s and license in theology). He was ordained a priest in December of 2007.
In January, our parish held a “Gabriel Sunday” at which we introduced Walking with Moms in Need, a process in which Catholic communities respond to the needs of pregnant and parenting women. The Gabriel Project is one of the ways our diocese does this.
Thirteen women in our parish have been trained to offer spiritual and emotional support to moms in need. These volunteers, called “Angels” (after the Angel Gabriel), were commissioned on June 4. They are ready to assist women in our parish or in the community by walking with them during their pregnancy. For information, contact Valerie Haas at 303.956.5476. If you are a mom in need, or you know one, give us a call at 720.819.6735, or visit https://www.diocs.org/Pastoral-Services/Respect-Life-Apostolate/Walking-with-Moms-in-Need.