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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.

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.

Pope Francis’ Newest Apostolic Letter- 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.

Recent Pew Research Study on the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

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

33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat and Marian Consecration- Join Us on Wednesdays

33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat and Marian Consecration
Each Wednesday from Oct 16–Nov 20, from 9 to 10:30 AM in the Rectory Meeting Room
Note – it is not to late to join us on October 23!
We will use videos from Formed.Org featuring Father Michael Gaitley, MIC and materials from 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 of $30  for materials required. Please join us

Liturgy of the Hours Information

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


Bishop Robert Barron – Word On Fire Links

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.