This Sunday at Saint Mark's: The Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Join us this Sunday, February 26 for our worship of God:

8 a.m. – Low Mass

A spoken service in traditional language in the Lady Chapel, with sermon by Mother Nora Johnson

9 a.m. – Family Mass

A contemporary-language service at the Crossing, with the Choir of Boys & Girls, congregational hymns, and sermon by Mother Erika Takacs

10 a.m. – Christian Education for All Ages

Adult Forum: Alternative Christianities, Part 3. Parishioner and historian Barry Levis offers the third and final session of his series on the broad range of beliefs within the history of Christianity. This session will deal with the Albigensians, a medieval French group ultimately put down by a crusade and the Inquisition.

Children ages 3 and up are welcome to join us in the Library for Schola. Each week students sing together, play musical games, learn a bit of music theory, listen to Bible stories, and spend time in prayer. 

Pre-Schola is formation for our youngest disciples, aged 0-36 months. Join us at 10:15 a.m. in the Choir Room (upstairs, next to the Library) for 15 minutes of musical play and storytelling. Pre-Schola parents and children are then welcome to join Schola for a time of prayer at 10:30 a.m. 

11 a.m. – Choral High Mass

A contemporary-language service at the High Altar, with chant and incense, music by the Parish Choir, congregational hymns, and sermon by Father Sean Mullen

Coffee and refreshments in the Parish Hall follow the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses.

Posted on February 2, 2017 .

Coming Up at Saint Mark's...

Tuesday, February 28: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6 p.m.

Join us for our annual pancake supper on the eve of Lent. Once again our 20s/30s group will be staffing the kitchen, and there will be pancakes, bacon, and sausage to spare (vegetarian options too!). Shrove Tuesday also means the return of the Saint Mark’s Annual Pancake Races: who will be declared this year’s pancake flipping champion? Who will make a giant mess by dropping their pancake mid-race? Come one, come all for this night of fun and celebration.

Wednesday, March 1: Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter. Join us at any of our Masses this day, at 7:30 a.m. (spoken, no homily), 12:10 p.m. (sung, with sermon), and 7 p.m. (with choir and sermon). Ashes will be imposed at all Masses.

Fridays in Lent, March 3 through April 7: Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m.

It has long been our custom to walk and pray the Stations of the Cross in Lent, which will follow Evening Prayer every Friday in Lent. This year, the meditations for the Stations will employ poems written by the girls of the Our Little Roses orphanage in Honduras, compiled by Fr. Spencer Reece. Fr. Reece will join us on Friday, April 7 for prayer and a screening of the film Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World, a documentary about his experience teaching the girls of the orphanage to write poetry.

Saturday, March 4: Church Matters - A Conversation with Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, 4 p.m.

Join us for this opportunity to hear from one of the most influential theologians of our time. Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke Divinity School) calls the church to a profound ethical witness that is in many ways sharply distinct from secular notions of social justice and human rights. As we consider how “Church Matters,” we think about the significance of what the title suggests: the reassertion of the church as an alternative to the politics of the day. In particular the distinction between the public and the private is challenged. The great theologian Karl Barth is held up as the kind of voice we need for reclaiming what we believe as Christians is true. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 5: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas will join us at the 10 a.m. Adult Forum for an informal discussion and will preach at the 11 a.m. High Mass.

Saturday, March 18: Garden Work Day, 9:30 a.m.

The first garden work day of the season is coming up! Join us for a few hours as we prepare our urban oasis for the arrival of spring - we’ll provide the tools and the gloves. For more information, contact Addie Peyronnin.

Sunday, March 19: Saint Mark's Academy, 1 p.m.

Join us for our Lenten edition of Saint Mark’s Academy. After lunch together, we’ll take some time to get up close and personal with an important set of liturgical items with which most of us might not be familiar: “A Fair White Linen Cloth.” What’s in, with, and under the linens and other fabrics on and around the altar? Why do we fuss about these linens so much? How do they aid our worship of God? After some discussion and a demonstration, we’ll finish our time together with some sherry & zeppoli for the feast of Saint Joseph.

Posted on February 2, 2017 .

The Lion's Mark: February 2017

In this issue, reflections from Fr. Sean Mullen, music updates Robert McCormick and Clara Gerdes, and a look ahead to Lent, plus upcoming events and more. Click here to read!

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Posted on February 1, 2017 .