Homecoming Sunday is 13 September

On Homecoming Sunday we resume all the regular ministries of the parish that have been on hiatus during the hot summer months.  The choirs return, Christian formation for adults and children gears up again, an life generally returns to normal.  A Family Brunch is scheduled for 10 am for families with kids following the 9 am Family Mass, and  Parish Picnic is scheduled to follow the 11 am High Mass in the gardens (please bring salad, side dish or dessert to share).  After a summer when many have been away, traveling, or who knows what, there will be old faces to greet and new face to meet.  Come home to Saint Mark's!

Posted on August 29, 2015 .

Coming Up at Saint Mark's...

Sept 6 - Guest Preacher Alan Moses

Alan Moses is the Vicar of All Saints Margaret Street in London.  He'll be the guest preacher at the 11 am High Mass.

Sept 10 - Choral Mattins

The British Officers Club will offer Choral Matins (Morning Prayer) at 10am on Thursday, September 10, to commemorate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. All are welcome to attend.

Sept 12 - 5k Run for St. James School

This annual run on Kelly Drive helps us raise funds for the school - an urban middle school for kids from traditionally under-served populations, in North Philadelphia on the campus of the Church of St. James the Less.  More info at stjamesphila.org.

Sept 13 - Homecoming Sunday

We return to the full programmatic life of the Parish on this Sunday with Masses offered at 8am, 9am, and 11am. The Boys & Girls Choir sings at the 9 am Family Mass. During the 10:00 hour, the Adult Forum resumes and a family brunch will be held in the garden. The Parish Choir sings at the 11 am High Mass and a parish picnic follows. Come together to worship God on this happy Sunday!

Oct 4 - Blessing of Animals, 3 pm

The Blessing of Animals begins in the West Garden at 3 pm, followed by Choral Evensong in the church at 3:30 pm.  As long as your pet can fit through the West doors and behave itself reasonably well he or she is welcome to join us in church for Evensong this day, on which we also celebrate the life and Ministry of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Traditionally at Saint Mark's the Rector reads the story of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio as one of the lessons this day.  Bring your friends and their pets too!

Posted on August 24, 2015 .

Summer Sundays

Please join us in our worship of God on Sundays all summer long...

 

8 am – Low Mass

in the Lady Chapel

9 am – Family Mass 

with Hymns & Sermon

11 am – High Mass

with Hymns & Sermon

Coffee, refreshments, and fellowship are available in the Parish hall following the 9 am and 11 am Masses.

Posted on August 23, 2015 .

Interim Organist & Choirmaster appointed at Saint Mark's - Simon Thomas Jacobs

From the Rector...

3 August 2015

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

It is a pleasure to announce that I have appointed Simon Thomas Jacobs to be the Interim Organist and Choirmaster for the 2015-2016 program year.  Simon will take up his duties immediately after Labor Day.  Let me tell you a little about him.

Simon read music and was organ scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge. During this time he accompanied and assisted in the direction of the chapel choir in the weekly routine of chapel services and in their capacity as an internationally-renowned vocal ensemble, performing concerts throughout the UK and Europe.

In 2009, Simon moved to the USA to take up the post of Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich, CT. Since that time, Simon has made America his permanent home holding subsequent positions at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN, and recently as interim at the Church of the Ascension, Chicago, IL. Most recently, he completed an Artist’s Diploma in Organ Performance at Oberlin College where he was also a graduate teaching assistant.
 
In the summer of 2013, Simon won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary that same year.  Under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Simon has developed an active career as a recitalist in the USA and has performed at some of the world’s most esteemed concert venues: Notre Dame de Paris; King’s College, Cambridge; St Albans Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh; Ste Croix, Bordeaux.  His debut CD Parthenia Nova, recorded on the new instrument by Richards, Fowkes & Co. at St. George’s Hanover Square, London is due for release at the end of 2015.

At Saint Mark's, Simon will have responsibility for directing the Parish choir as well as the Boys & Girls Choir, and exercising general oversight of the music program.  He is a fine musician with a clear sense of how to guide the program and the many people involved with it through this period of transition.

A small committee has worked with me in conducting a very concentrated search for this position.  I'm grateful to Mother Erika Takacs, David Marshall, Addie Peyronnin, Barbara Mische, and Martha Johnson for their ears, advice, prayers, and input.  I looked carefully at four highly accomplished and very capable candidates, interviewed three of them here in Philadelphia, and invited two of those candidates to participate in full round of interviews and audition with me and the committee.  I was impressed with the talent and commitment of all of the candidates.  The committee's enthusiasm about Simon, matches my own, and we look forward to welcoming him to Saint Mark's early next month.  The committee will continue to work with me as we plan the search process for a permanent Organist & Choirmaster.  Meanwhile we are eager to welcome Simon to his new work.

A word from Simon on his appointment: "St Mark’s, Locust Street is known throughout the United States for the excellence of its liturgy and music, combined with its wonderful mission and outreach work within the City of Philadelphia.  When I began my professional career as a church musician in the USA, I had always hoped that I might one day serve in such a Parish.  I am both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to continue my musical ministry at St Mark’s and I look forward to working with the adult choir, boy and girls choristers and congregation as we all see seek to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness."


Following a year as organ scholar at All Saints’, Margaret Street, Simon Thomas Jacobs read music and was organ scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge. During this time he accompanied and assisted in the direction of the chapel choir in the weekly routine of chapel services and in their capacity as an internationally-renowned vocal ensemble, performing concerts throughout the UK and Europe.  These included appearances at the Salzburg Music Festival, Munich Opera Festival and the London, Innsbruck and Potsdam Early Music Festivals as well as several commercial CD recordings. On Remembrance Sunday, 2007, Simon accompanied the choir on a live broadcast of Choral Evensong for BBC Radio 3 and during the Christmas season of 2008 played for the world première performance and BBC recording (and subsequent broadcast) of Sir John Tavener's Christmas Sequence, Ex Maria Virgine.

In 2009, Simon moved to the USA to take up the post of Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich, CT. Since that time, Simon has made America his permanent home holding subsequent positions at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN and Church of the Ascension, Chicago, IL. Most recently, he completed an Artist’s Diploma in Organ Performance at Oberlin College where he was also a graduate teaching assistant.

 In the summer of 2013, Simon won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the St Albans International Organ Competition, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary that same year.  Under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, Simon has developed an active career as a recitalist in the USA and has been invited to perform at some of the world’s most esteemed concert venues: Notre Dame de Paris; King’s College, Cambridge; St Albans Cathedral; Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford; St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh; Ste Croix, Bordeaux; and the International Performing Arts Center in Moscow.  His debut CD Parthenia Nova, recorded on the new instrument by Richards, Fowkes & Co. at St. George’s Hanover Square, London is due for release at the end of 2015.

Posted on August 3, 2015 .

Summer Choir Camp

Registration is now open for our fabulous Summer Choir Camp. The camp will run from August 3-7, 2015, and is open to all children ages 3-14. Younger students will participate in a half-day program, Schola, where they will sing together, listen to musical presentations, share in Bible stories and prayer. Older students will participate in Choir with Dr. Roland, learning beautiful choral repertoire and good singing technique. Great fun will be had by all! If you are interested in learning more about our Summer Choir Camp, please visit the Saint Mark’s website. If you are interested in helping out with our camp, please be in touch with Mother Takacs or Dr. Roland. 

 

More info, including registration is found here.

Posted on May 7, 2015 .