This Sunday at Saint Mark's: The First Sunday in Lent

Join us this Sunday, February 14 for our worship of God:

8 a.m. – Low Mass

Rite I in the Lady Chapel, with sermon by Father Sean Mullen.

9 a.m. – Family Mass 

Rite II in the Nave, with the Choir of Boys and Girls, congregational hymns, and sermon by Mother Erika Takacs.

10 a.m. – Christian Education for All Ages

Adult Forum – Lancelot Andrewes’ “Directions to Pray.” We’ll look at how Andrewes, one of the most prominent religious figures of his day, worked with wordplay as a powerful spiritual tool. Bring your notebooks if you can! There will be simple writing exercises for those who want to try them.

Schola (for children ages 3 and up) will be held in the library in the upper level of the Parish Hall and Pre-Schola (for children 0-36 months) will be held in the nursery on the lower level of the Parish Hall.

11 a.m. – Choral High Mass

Rite II at the High Altar, with the Parish Choir and congregational hymns; sermon by Mother Nora Johnson. Music by Tallis and Farrant.

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

Posted on January 28, 2016 .

Coming Up at Saint Mark's...

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Fridays in Lent: Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross, 5:30 p.m.

Beginning February 12, we resume our regular Lenten practice of praying the Church's evening office and walking the Way of the Cross. Join us on any Friday in Lent for a time of prayer, song, and silence as we remember the sacrifice of our Savior.

Sunday, February 21: Annual Parish Meeting, 10 a.m.

At this meeting the annual budget is presented to the Parish, and Fr. Mullen and David Marshall (Rector’s Warden) will speak about important issues in the life of the parish. Please plan to come to this meeting, which is an important opportunity to learn more about the way our wonderful parish works, and to participate in an important exchange of information.

 

Posted on January 28, 2016 .

The Lion's Mark: February/March 2016

In this issue, reflections from Fr. Sean Mullen, Bryan Dunnewald, Patrick Keough, Mary Strand, and Lily Dideban, plus updates from Mtr. Nora Johnson and Mtr. Erika Takacs, dates to mark, and more. Click here to read!

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Posted on January 27, 2016 .

The Lion's Mark: December 2015

In this issue, reflections from Fr. Sean Mullen, Simon Thomas Jacobs, Libby Espey, plus updates from Mtr. Nora Johnson, Mtr. Erika Takacs, and Patrick Keough. Click here to read!

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Posted on November 19, 2015 .

The Lion's Mark: October 2015

In this issue, reflections from Fr. Sean Mullen, Joshua Castaño, and Simon Thomas Jacobs, plus updates from Mtr. Nora Johnson and Mtr. Erika Takacs. Click here to read!

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Posted on October 1, 2015 .

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 .

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 .