Fr. Bierbaum and Fr Dwayer will host a dinner each month with eight adult parishioners. This is to provide time to relax and share fellowship in a small intimate gathering with our Priests. This year we are adding a kids table. Babysitter will be provided for children’s table. This will occur on a Saturday each month following the 4:00 pm Mass around 5:30 pm.
There are eight available adult positions and six childrens positions for each dinner. The group can all be from the same family or multiple families.
Please list any allergies in the comments section when you sign-up. Also, please list the children’s ages in the comments section when you sign up.
On October 7–11 St. Mark will host the international “Eucharistic Miracles of the World” exhibit. Learn about more than 130 documented miracles through an extensive collection photos and historical descriptions. The displays will be set up downstairs for each of these days—look for specific hours to be posted soon.
We are so happy to host our second annual Bike Drive here at St. Mark! We need your help to better our existing record of 67 bikes! This collection will benefit A Bicycle Charity Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded by a member of the Knights of Columbus to benefit children, veterans, and families of southern Colorado. Your bikes and financial donations will provide the means to repair and refurbish bicycles to be redistributed to new owners. Our goal is to give everyone an opportunity to own a safe refurbished bicycle! Bikes for all ages, all models, and any condition will be accepted – though we especially would like to collect bikes for kids who cannot afford them. The collection will be on the southeast side of the church along the fence by the playground and pavilion. Thank you for your support and for making this such a success!
Mark your calendar for the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, when we will welcome special guest speaker Fr. Augustine Wetta, a monk of the Abbey of St. Louis. You won’t want to miss his words of encouragement on becoming saints and making the most of Jesus’ gift of the Eucharist.
Sept. 30 at 5:30 pm: FAIL! LIFE LESSONS FROM LOSERS, HAS-BEENS, NOBODIES, AND OTHER GREAT SAINTS
Saint John the Baptist wore home-made clothes and ate bugs, Saint Edward the Confessor was one of the worst politicians in history, Saint Philippine Duchesne was a missionary who converted no one…and that’s just the beginning. The Catholic Church has a long, rich tradition of failure, and you can be part of it! Virtue won’t necessarily lead to success, but it may make you a saint.
Oct. 1 at 6:00 pm: THE ENVY OF ANGELS: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR EUCHARISTIC JOURNEY
What would you have given to be there that night when Christ said, “This is my body,” or just stood at the foot of the cross? You CAN be there. You’ve been invited. You’re here. Let’s be prepared.
***Oct. 2 at 7:15 pm: BONUS—Fr. Wetta will speak to high school students! All high schoolers are invited.
Men: St. Paul begs us to live a life worthy of the call we have received! Though we are not worthy, by the grace of God we too are more than conquerors. Let us first experience the superabundance of God’s love, peace, joy, and mercy so our hearts are ready to discover what we have truly been called to at our depths: called to mature manhood, called to joy, called to lift up our hearts and minds, called to bear fruit, called to unity—called to live a life worthy of the call we have received!
We begin with a light breakfast at 6:00 am (optional Rosary at 5:30).
The new St. Thérèse Altar Society ministry is seeking women 18+ to volunteer in the following capacities: as a “Spiritual Mother” to guide a small group of girls through prayer before Mass, as a Monthly Formation leader teaching the “why” behind our Liturgical actions, as an Event Coordinator to help plan quarterly events, and as a part of our Intercessory Prayer Team. Please prayerfully consider sharing your gifts with girls in grades 3–12 as they serve our Lord in this beautiful ministry.
The time commitment is low, the dividends are great! Please contact Megan Hjelmstad email@example.com or Emily Tenhundfeld firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to volunteer.
Dave Ramsey’s powerful program for taking control of your finances is back this fall.
I want to enthusiastically and sincerely encourage you to take advantage of this program. In my own life, I found it indispensable in helping me get my finances under control. The tools I learned from it and put into practice allowed me to pay off several thousand dollars in personal debt. This would later prove especially critical in my being accepted into the seminary. It also helped me to put God first in my financial priorities. Bottom line, we never know the plans God has for us when we live our lives according to HIS plans, not ours.
Our diocese recently published a video called “Guidelines for Receiving Communion” as part of Bishop Golka’s vision for Eucharist Revival. The video (linked below) is well-done and employs a bit of humor to address a very serious matter: how to properly receive our Lord in Holy Communion.
I’ve said before that Eucharistic Revival is already a reality at St. Mark. I couldn’t be more grateful for the reverence and devotion you as a parish family show to our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. Still, this video is worth 10 minutes of your time, either as reinforcement for what we’re already doing, or as something to share with family and friends.
Because we at St. Mark “get it” when it comes to the Eucharist, it is our responsibility to help our bishop and the Church as a whole to spread the word about how to worthily honor and receive our Lord in Holy Communion. So please consider sharing this video on social media or in any other way you find appropriate.