A recent Pew Research Study showed that a majority of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ.
Here is a link to the study:
Research Study on the Real Presence
Bishop Robert Barron said “It’s hard to describe how angry I feel after reading what the latest @pewresearch study reveals about understanding of the Eucharist among Catholics. This should be a wake-up call to all of us in the Church.” and “It’s been a massive failure of the church in carrying out itw own tradition.” See all that he had to say on this important topic recently:
Bishop Barron on the Real Presence – You Tube Video
The real presence is an essential belief of our faith. We need to preach and teach the doctrine of the Real Presence to all catholic believers.
Here is an article from the USCCB:
USCCB: The Real Presence
Also, we recommend you view the series on Formed.Org titled Presence:
Formed Series: Presence
Read this interesting article about his faith:
JRR Tolkien’s Catholic Faith
33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat and Marian Consecration
Each Wednesday from Oct 16–Nov 20, from 9 to 10:30 AM
We will use videos from Formed.Org featuring Father Michael Gaitley, MIC and materials from allheartsafire.org and we will meet each week from 9 to 10:30 on Wednesdays. At the end we will have a special mass at 10 a.m. on 11/21 – The Presentation of Mary and we will make the Marian Consecration together. Come and join us each week and all are welcome. There will be a small donation for materials required – more on that soon. Please RSVP if you plan to come so we can plan for materials. Call the office at 772-461-8150
Plan to join us for the 37th Annual Parish Picnic on Sunday November 3, 2019 – more information will be posted soon.
If you want to volunteer, please talk to Linda Cosgrove in the Parish Office.
All Are Welcome!
Each of the five canonical Hours includes selections from the Psalms that culminate in a scriptural proclamation. The two most important Hours are Morning and Evening Prayer. The Gospel canticle acts as a kind of meditative extension of the scriptural proclamation in light of the Christ event. Morning and Evening Prayer also include intercessions that flow from the scriptural proclamation just as the Psalms prepare for it. See bulletins from August for more information or go to this link:
USCCB: Liturgy of the Hours
On Wednesday 8/21 from 10AM-11AM in the Rectory. Join the journey of discovering the truth behind the Catholic Church’s most influential people with Bishop Barron’s CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players series. Beginning with St. Francis of Assisi– The Reformer and the radical simplicity his life demonstrates as the foundation of true and lasting reform built upon the witness of the saints.
Come and see this awesome series starting 8/21 in the Rectory Meeting Room. Each video is unique so you can come in at any point in the series.
On 9/11/19 we viewed and discussed Blessed John Henry Newman – the Convert. He came into the Church as a convert and used his prodigious intellectual gifts to engage the assaults of a secular age.
On 9/18/19 we viewed and discussed G.K. Chesterton – the Evangelist. He shows that the fundamental disposition of effective evangelism is joy, and life in Christ is a day-to day encounter with an abundant and surprising offer of grace.
On 9/25/19 we will view and discuss Michelangelo – The Artist. He serves as a privileged representative of the creative potential engendered by the Catholic faith. He demonstrates that beauty is a route of access to God.
On 10/2/19 we will view and discuss St. Catherine of Sienna – The Mystic. St. Catherine exemplifies the power of a life lived in relationship with Jesus and provides an example of faith that changes the culture.
On 10/9/19 we will view and discuss Fulton Sheen – the Communicator – a new video in Part 2 of the Pivotal Players series.
Then starting 10/16/19 we will begin 33 Days to Morning Glory – a small group Marian Consecration Retreat which will be from 9 AM to 10:30 AM each Wednesday from 10/16 to 11/20. A special mass will be held on 11/21 at 10 AM for the conclusion of the retreat.
Then starting on Wednesday 11/27, Deacon Bill Hobby will lead a study of the Gospel of John. See the bulletin for more information before the study begins.
Bishop Barron started Word on Fire Ministries a few years ago. Here is a link to their website
Word on Fire Ministries
Bishop Barron is filming the second part of the film series titled Pivotal Players which includes the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Bartolome de las Casas. Here is a link to the initial trailers for the series:
New film Series trailers -Pivotal Players
We also have a copy of his first series which includes the stories of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, Blessed John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, and Michelangelo. We are currently showing these videos in the Rectory Meeting Room on Wednesdays from 10AM to 11 AM, see the Bible study post for more details.
CGA Newsletter – Aug-Sept 2019
CGA Newsletter – Sept-Oct 2019
Grandparents Prayer by Pope Benedict XVI
Our next meeting of the Catholic Grandparents Group will be on Saturday 10/26/19 from noon until 1:30 in the Rectory Meeting Room Hall. Lunch will be served. Desert will be potluck so please bring a desert to share, if you want. We will continue a book study of “The Catholic Grandparents Handbook” by Lorene Hanley Duquin at this meeting. Come and meet other grandparents and have a good lunch and some fun.
Future Meetings: November 30, 2019, December 21
As Catholic grandparents we pray for our children and grandchildren to continue in the faith. We know that many struggle to do so. At the meetings we are able to share our experiences and talk about our responsibility to do what we can to share our faith with our families.
This link has more information about the Catholic Grandparents Association:
Catholic Grandparents Association USA
ATTENTION ALL TEENAGERS 15 AND UP.
St. Mark’s is happy to announce that we are starting a youth group! This is a great opportunity for all teens at our parish to get together and have a good time growing in friendship and in faith. If you are a teenager, feel free to join us at our next meeting on Wednesday July 29th, at 6:00pm in the Parish Social Hall. Also please follow us on Instagram (@st_mark_youth) and join our Facebook group (St. Mark Youth Group FP)! See you there!