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NEW ACTIVITIES: Saturdays in October Respect Life Talks (audio) Series and Saturdays in November Video Series

New Activities Starting Saturdays after the 4 PM masses:

October Respect Life Talks (audio) Series:

During the month of October, which is Respect Life Month,  we will listen to the following audio presentations in the Social Hall after the 4 PM masses. We will start the talks promptly at 5 PM so other parishioners from other masses can attend if they want to. These talks are one hour long and are from Formed.Org. (Please note that we will not be having videos after the other masses anymore due to low turnout):

Saturday October 12 – There is life in the womb by Archbishop Fulton Sheen 

This is a talk by Archbishop Fulton Sheen from about thirty years ago but is still relevant today.

Saturday October 19 – The New Conversation -Changing Hearts and Minds on Abortion by Stephanie Gray

Saturday October 26 –  Why I Left Planned Parenthood: From Death to Life by Abby Johnson


November Video Series:

During the month of November we will show the following videos in the Social Hall on Saturdays after the 4 PM masses- each video is one hour long and will begin at 5PM:

There will not be a video on November 2 since the Picnic is on Sunday November 3

These videos are from Bishop Robert Barron’s Pivotal Players Series:

Saturday November 9 -Archbishop Fulton Sheen – The Communicator

Long before the Internet and social media, Fulton Sheen pioneered Catholic evangelization through the media. At a time when most preachers spoke only from pulpits, Sheen used electronic media as a means to reach far beyond the parish walls. His innovative radio and television programs, beamed out to believers and skeptics alike, reached upwards of 30 million people per week. Sheen had a gift for spreading the faith clearly and persuasively, and he paved the path for today’s media evangelists.

Saturday November 16- Flannery O’Connor – The Storyteller

The Flannery O’Connor’s influence on contemporary culture, particularly literature and film, is profound. Her novels and short stories have been described as shocking, convoluted, funny, and violent, and they are filled with unforgettably strange characters. But they are also, from beginning to end, haunted by Christ. O’Connor radically changes our idea of what religious fiction can be. Her startling prose awakens us to sin and, consequently, to the need for salvation.

Saturday November 23- St.Benedict The Monk

Many would argue that St. Benedict, the Monk, contributed more to saving western Christian culture than anyone else.  Born just after Rome fell, Benedict founded the religious community that would, in time, preserve the best of the old and allow for the emergence of an authentic, Christian way of life.

Saturday November 30 – St.Augustine – The Teacher

St. Augustine, the Teacher, is possibly the best example of how faith in Christ changed a person. Augustine’s narrative of personal transformation in his book Confessions provides a template for life in Christ that still rings true today.

Watch the Bulletin for information on the December Movie series



There is life in the womb by Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Listen to this audio presentation by Venerable Archbishop Fulton J Sheen during this month when we celebrate Respect Life Month, (available on

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God bless you,
Father Bob Pope

Catholic Social Teaching 101

For several weeks after masses on Saturday and Sunday we watched the Formed Series called CST  (Catholic Social Teaching) 101. The videos were only 5 to 6 minutes long and are available online through Please go to Formed.Org to watch the series if you missed them after mass. We are no longer showing videos after mass.

CST 101 is a collaborative seven-part video and discussion guide series on Catholic social teaching presented by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services. The series brings the themes of Catholic social teaching to life and inspires us to put our faith into action. The seven short videos allow viewers to hear from Catholic leaders like Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President, Caritas Internationalis; Monsignor Ray East, Archdiocese of Washington; Sean Callahan, President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services; and more. Each episode shows the development of a beautiful painted representation of the featured Catholic social teaching, courtesy of Brother Mickey McGrath.
The videos and discussion guides are suggested for use in adult faith formation settings, high school theology classes, lay ministry formation and to prepare groups for service trips. Catechists and teachers can utilize the videos and materials to present Catholic social teaching in an accessible and engaging format that brings our Gospel call to action to life.

Respect Life Sunday 10/6/19 and Respect Life Month October 2019

Sunday October 6, 2019 is Respect Life Sunday and  October is Respect Life Month. Watch the bulletin for more information each Sunday during October

Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.

Join Catholics everywhere during October in celebrating the respect of all life from conception to natural death. Learn more at Respect Life Program-Respect-Life-Month

A document from respect life month 2019

A reflection on respect life:





Movie night – Friday October 5 – St. Francis of Assisi from Bishop Robert Barron

Friday October 4 is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and we will celebrate the day by watching a video about him from Bishop Robert Barron. We will start the video at 5:30 PM in the Social Hall and the Knights of Columbus will provide snacks and refreshments. The movie is only 61 minutes long.
Come and join us!

Trailer for this movie:

Saint Francis Movie

Other You Tube videos about St. Francis:

Saint Francis of Assisi Life and Legacy

Pope Francis’ Newest Apostolic – Instituting the Sunday of the Word of God

Pope Francis has issued an Apostolic Letter which institutes the 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time as the Sunday of the Word of God. At all masses that weekend (1/26/2020) we will honor the Word of God in a special way. The link below will open the entire document in PDF format. We will Also be featuring pages from the document in the upcoming bulletins starting in October 2019

Pope Francis Apostolic Letter – 9/30/19

My Parish App – download today

Keep up to date on upcoming Parish Activities, updates to our mass times and scheduled activities.

The App is available for iPhones, iPad and Android devices. In order to download, Text App to 88202. Then download the App, then select St Mark the Evangelist on my Parish

Features of the App are:

1.  Messages from the parish regarding event schedules, and other messages

2. Calendar of Events

3. Readings for Mass

4. Groups for parishioners

5. News – Posts on our website

6. Giving – online giving using the App

7. Confession Information

8. Bulletins – if you missed mass on the weekend you can access our bulletins

9. Homilies from Pope Francis and Bishop Robert Barron

10. World news

11. Inspire Daily

12. Pope Francis’ messages

13. Reflections

14. Real Life Catholic

15. 3 Minute Theology

16. Catholic Mom App

17. Brother Francis for Kids

18. Odb films

19. Sacraments

20. Rosary

21. Daily Mass

22. Audio Bible

23 ES Readings

Check out all of these features today after you download the App.

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist: Basic Questions and Answers

The USCCB (US Conference of Catholic Bishops) has a great article on this topic at this link:

USCCB Page on the Real Presence

Please share this information with your family, friends and especially all the Catholics you know!

God bless you

Father Bob Pope, Pastor

Here is the Introduction from that page:



The Lord Jesus, on the night before he suffered on the cross, shared one last meal with his disciples. During this meal our Savior instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the ages and to entrust to the Church his Spouse a memorial of his death and resurrection. As the Gospel of Matthew tells us:

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)

Recalling these words of Jesus, the Catholic Church professes that, in the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world. . . . For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink” (Jn 6:51-55). The whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine—the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. This presence of Christ in the Eucharist is called “real” not to exclude other types of his presence as if they could not be understood as real (cf. Catechism, no. 1374). The risen Christ is present to his Church in many ways, but most especially through the sacrament of his Body and Blood.

What does it mean that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine? How does this happen? The presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words. We must remember that the triune God is the creator of all that exists and has the power to do more than we can possibly imagine. As St. Ambrose said: “If the word of the Lord Jesus is so powerful as to bring into existence things which were not, then a fortiorithose things which already exist can be changed into something else” ( De Sacramentis, IV, 5-16). God created the world in order to share his life with persons who are not God. This great plan of salvation reveals a wisdom that surpasses our understanding. But we are not left in ignorance: for out of his love for us, God reveals his truth to us in ways that we can understand through the gift of faith and the grace of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. We are thus enabled to understand at least in some measure what would otherwise remain unknown to us, though we can never completely comprehend the mystery of God.

As successors of the Apostles and teachers of the Church, the bishops have the duty to hand on what God has revealed to us and to encourage all members of the Church to deepen their understanding of the mystery and gift of the Eucharist. In order to foster such a deepening of faith, we have prepared this text to respond to fifteen questions that commonly arise with regard to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. We offer this text to pastors and religious educators to assist them in their teaching responsibilities. We recognize that some of these questions involve rather complex theological ideas. It is our hope, however, that study and discussion of the text will aid many of the Catholic faithful in our country to enrich their understanding of this mystery of the faith.