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Divorced & Separated Support Group

12 weekly meetings starting Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7:00–8:30 pm

Have you experienced the trauma of a divorce or separation? This painful experience can leave a person feeling alone and misunderstood. But you don’t need to deal with this on your own.

St. Mark will host a Divorced and Separated Support Group for parishioners going through this difficult experience. The lead group facilitator is Deacon Basil Balke, a Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Deacon and licensed professional counselor at Mount Tabor Counseling. He is passionate about integrating the Catholic spiritual life and mental health. He will be joined by Marianne, a co-facilitator in training.

To ensure the efficacy of the group, space is limited to 12 participants, and spots will go quickly. This group is intended and designed around those who have been divorced or separated for six months of longer. Before six months, grief is often too acute for groups of this nature to be beneficial to the participant. Those needing alternative resources may contact the parish directly for more information.

There is a program expense fee of $99. Financial assistance is available as needed. Use the QR code below to learn more and to register.

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Catholic Foundations

Begins Monday, Feb 6 at 6:30pm
Meets weekly on Mondays for 8 weeks

There is good news to be heard and shared! God made us out of love, for love, and He never ceases to call us to Himself. Do you love your faith but not sure how to share it with others? Do you feel like you’ve never learned the basics of our faith and Scripture? There is an urgent need to conform ourselves to Christ and be prepared to defend our faith in the culture. Join us as we discuss God’s loving plan for humanity, God’s saving plan within a Church, and the basics of prayer.

If you or your children have missed receiving a sacrament, let us help you receive the fullness of sacramental grace. This class would provide the foundations on the path to the sacrament(s).

Register via our website or contact Andrea Ruccolo at the parish office.

Praying the Mass Ordinary

Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6:30 pm

Our Director of Sacred Music Diana Corliss will lead a discussion entitled Praying the Mass Ordinary. The Mass Ordinary are those parts of the Mass that we pray every week, including the Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei. We will talk about the rich texts that they contain, the many ways they have been set to music, and how we can connect more deeply to these pieces that we may often take for granted. If you want to connect more deeply with the words and music of the Mass, please join us! Childcare will be available.

Candlemas

Feb. 2 at 7:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 2 is the great feast of the Presentation of the Lord. In addition to our regular noon Mass, we will offer a special Mass at 7:00 pm, which will include the traditional blessing of candles. We encourage you to bring your own candles from home to be blessed.

Floriani Comes to St. Mark

Mar. 4–5

We are pleased this Lent welcome the men’s Catholic vocal ensemble, Floriani. Floriani describes their mission as “serving the Church and saving the culture through the beauty of sacred music.” In addition to singing at all our Masses that weekend, the group will deliver a talk on Saturday at 5:00 pm on the development of sacred music from the Old Testament to modern times, entitled “What Would Jesus Sing: On Rediscovering the Temple Psalmody.” A light dinner reception will accompany the talk downstairs. They will wrap up the weekend with a beautiful concert on Sunday at 4:00 pm. This is a rare opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Learn more at floriani.org.

“Soup-er Bowl” Food Drive

Feb. 4–12

The Daughters of Mary present “Soup-er Bowl Sunday,” a non-perishable food drive benefiting the St. Elizabeth Food Pantry at Pax Christi. Pick up some extras while you’re out shopping for the big game, and score a spiritual touchdown by helping local families in need! The collection will take place in the narthex bin beginning on February 4, and will continue through Super Bowl Sunday the following weekend. No expired food, please.

Prayer in the Square

Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10:00 am

Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch

Join us every first Saturday as we pray for the protection of innocent lives, including the unborn as well as our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. We will pray a Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, asking the intercession of Our Lady. Learn more at prayerinthesquare.com.

First Friday Adoration

Feb. 3 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Join us for First Friday Adoration at St. Mark! Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 9:00 am and will continue throughout the day, concluding with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Benediction at 6:00. 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.

Cuisine for the Spirit

Do you see a lot of familiar faces at Mass but don’t really know anything about them? We can fix that! Cuisine for the Spirit is a delicious and fun way to make new friendships and deepen existing ones over a home-cooked meal. We are currently scheduling dinners for February through May.

If you are interested food and fellowship, consider joining Cuisine for the Spirit! Questions? Contact Bambi Winkler at CuisineStMark@gmail.com.

Benedict XVI Resources

We are assembling this collection of online resources in honor of our late Holy Father, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. We hope you find the information educational as well as inspirational. Check back to see any new additions.

Adoremus

Ignatius Press

Catholic World Report

Word on Fire

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