We need your email address so we can keep in touch

We are trying to keep in touch with a weekly email and we only have about 200 emails in our database. We sent an email to these 200 last week, so if you received my email last week, you are in the system. If not, then we need your email address. The Subject of the email was: Holy Week Information Email

Please send an email to fatherbob.stmark@gmail.com including your name so we can add the information to the database and to our email list.

Thank you and God Bless you and your family

Father Bob

Pastor

Palms for Palm Sunday IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Dear friends,

We received palms but we cannot distribute them. This is due to the Stay at Home rules that say the following for St. Lucie County. Whether the palms will last until May we do not know. On Saturday, Father Edwin and I will celebrate Palm Sunday mass and record it so you can participate that way.

Please be sure you are following this order for our counties:

The order mandates: see Safer at Home News

The caps are from the Article:

*EVERYONE SHOULD STAY HOME 24 HOURS A DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK

*THIS IS NOT A TOTAL LOCK DOWN

*THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS

*YOU MAY TRAVEL FOR ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

*IF YOU SEE UNSAFE GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE, CALL 911

Officials said they realize this is hard on businesses and they do not want to unnecessarily burden them, but that this action is necessary to keep down the rise of the COVID-19 virus.

Officials said if businesses cannot adhere to safe policies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, they should shut down or work from home.

They said they are working with Florida Power and Light to make sure no one’s power is cut off during this time.

Indian River County said they are likely to follow suit with a similar order.

The mandate begins Saturday morning at 6 a.m.

Jeff Cavins’ Bible in a month is available on Facebook – Enjoy

Join Jeff Cavins tonight at 8 PM ET for session two of Jeff Cavins’ Bible in a Month. This is a 4-session series. Tonight, Jeff Cavins will take Catholics through the biblical time periods of the Patriarchs through the Judges in conquest. In other words, burgundy through green on the Bible Timeline chart.

Missed session one? No worries! Tune in at any point throughout this series. Each session will cover different periods throughout the Bible. We hope to see you there!

Meal Delivery at Home

If you cannot get out to buy groceries or you just want a break from cooking, I suggest you contact this company for meal delivery. I have used them before and am using them now, the food is delicious.

Fit Fixin’s website

https://fitfixins.net/about-us/

Their phone number: 833-FIT-FIXN    or 833-348-3496

God bless you and stay home to slow the spread of this disease.

Father Bob

Palm Sunday Masses are online

Father Edwin and I have taped the English  mass for Palm Sunday and have posted it online. The Spanish mass was recorded on Sunday afternoon and is available at St Mark You Tube Channel

We have received palms and are keeping them in our walk in cooler so when we are able to have mass together, you can receive a palm to take home(if the palms last until then). At this point this will not be until after April 30.

Here are the readings for Palm Sunday:

Matthew 21:1-11 – procession

Isaiah 50:4-7

Psalm 22:-8-9

Matthew 26:14-27:66

Blessed Palm Sunday and Holy Week to you all. We miss you and we love you all.

Father Bob and Father Edwin

Here is a picture of our new statue

Sunday Homily for March 29

The readings for this Sunday are: Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130:1-8; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45

Hello dear friends,

I miss seeing all of you each week, but today’s readings are full of hope for us all. They give us hope that death is not the end of our lives, because we believe in the resurrection of the body and eternal life.

As we are bombarded by the news and the statistics related to the Corona Virus, we can certainly get anxious and worried about what will happen to us and our loved ones. This is a perfectly human reaction in these circumstances. I have two favorite passages that I like to give people when they are stressed and worried. They are Matthew 6:34 “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.”  and Phillipians 4:6 “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

Sure, I am stressed and worried, especially since I am in the age group that is seen as very vulnerable to COVID 19. But, I know that if the worst happens and I were to succumb to the virus, that I have the hope of the Resurrection and Eternal Life.

So what can we do to reduce our stress and anxiety? First, we can print out these scriptures and refer to them often each day during the crisis. Second, we can tune to a channel that does not have 24-7 coverage and divert our attention from the statistics. Third, we can go to Formed.org and watch a video series on our faith. Fourth we can watch EWTN and pray with their programs, which include daily masses. Fifth, we can get outside and walk around a litlle, I have to do that with Samson (my dog) and he enjoys my time with him.

Whatever of these options or others works for you, try them and refocus your mind on something besides COVID-19.

This week, we received our new statue of St. Mark and it is in place. I cannot wait until we get to see each other and celebrate mass together. Here is a picture of the statue:

May the Lord bless you and your families and keep you well and strong to fight the virus if it comes to your house.

Love you all

Father Bob

 

The Statue of St Mark has arrived and is in place

 

 

The statue of St. Mark has arrived and has been placed on the shelf where the tabernacle was before. Pictures are on the web site when you open the home page. We will bless the statue at the first Sunday Vigil Mass when we are able to celebrate masses again together.

Prayer to Saint Mark

O Glorious St. Mark
through the grace
of God, our Father,
you became a great Evangelist,
preaching the
Good News of Christ.
May you help us to know Him
well so that we may faithfully
live our lives as followers of
Christ.
Amen.

All Are Welcome Back Soon We Pray

Our sign says All are Welcome and I think at this point we should add All Are Welcome Back Soon, We Pray!

We hope and pray for a quick end to this virus so we all can get back to our daily routine and back to the Mass and receiving the Most Blessed Sacrament.

See you soon!

Father Bob