Families at Saint Mark's     

At Saint Mark's, we know that families come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes they have a mommy and a daddy, sometimes they have just a mommy or just a daddy, sometimes they have two mommies or two daddies. Whatever the shape and size of your family, please know that you are welcome to be a part of ours. Saint Mark's families regularly get together outside of Sunday morning services and formation for service projects, learning opportunities, trips, and family fun. 

Our Pre-Schola Sunday morning formation offering is specifically geared towards parents with young children, ages 0-3, and is designed to equip parents for faith formation at home. At Saint Mark’s, we would also be delighted to suggest resources for continuing faith formation at home. If you have any questions about families at Saint Mark’s, please contact Father Babin.

2019-2020 Family Events

September

Sunday, September 8, 2019: Formation Kickoff Brunch in the Parish Library
10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Join us for a potluck brunch in the Parish Library to reconnect after the summer formation break! Sign up to bring a food or drink item. There will also be an opportunity to register your child(ren) for formation, which begins officially on September 15.

Saturday, September 14, 2019: RISE Kickoff Festival at the Church of the Crucifixion
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

RISE is Saint Mark’s budding ministry for people aged 21-35. This festival is RISE’s official introduction to the local community, and it will be a family friendly event! Join us for great food, live jazz, fun and games, face painting, a thrift sale, and breadbaking. The Church of the Crucifixion is located at 620 S. 8th St., Philadelphia. Follow RISE on Facebook and Eventbrite.

October

Sunday, October 6, 2019: Blessing of the Animals and Choral Evensong
3:30 p.m.

Bring your furry (or scaly!) critters for a special blessing as we honor Saint Francis of Assisi. Animals will be blessed in the parish garden beginning at 3:30 p.m., followed by Choral Evensong at 4 p.m. in the church.

Friday, October 18, 2019: Family Soup Making in the Parish Kitchen
6 - 9 p.m.

We will prepare delicious soup for Saint Mark’s Saturday Soup Bowl, and we’ll have a great time while we’re at it. Dinner will be provided.

November

Saturday, November 16, 2019: Youth Trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC
Times TBD

All youth (ages 12 and up) and their parents are invited for this all-day affair. We will travel together to visit this fascinating and informative museum and return in the evening. There will be a follow-up conversation on race and reconciliation based on this trip in Sunday formation. In order to make travel arrangements, please RSVP as soon as possible to Father Babin if you plan to attend this event.

December

Sunday, December 15, 2019: Advent Pageant in the Church
4 p.m.

All are invited to this annual offering by children and youth in the parish as we celebrate Advent and anticipate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas. A reception will follow.

January

Saturday, January 4, 2020: Family Breadbaking in the Parish Kitchen
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join us after the 10 a.m. morning Mass for some fun with water, yeast, salt, honey, and flour! We will bake beautiful bread to give to the St. James School Welcome Table.

February

Tuesday, February 25, 2020: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and Races in the Parish Hall
6 - 8 p.m.

This is an annual favorite of children and families at Saint Mark’s! Feast on delicious pancakes and breakfast meats (and non-meats), followed by pancake races for children.

March

Saturday, March 14, 2020: Youth Service at the Saturday Soup Bowl in the Parish Hall
6:15 - 9 a.m.

All youth (ages 12 and up) are welcome to serve at the Saturday Soup Bowl. The Soup Bowl serves soup to those dealing with food insecurity, every Saturday of the year. Parents are encouraged to join their children for this event. Please let Father Babin know if you plan to attend.

April

Sunday, April 5, 2020: Passion Procession in the Saint Mark’s Garden
10 - 10:45 a.m.

During formation time, children and youth from the parish will re-enact the final events of Jesus’s life in the form of Stations of the Cross, with reflections and meditations. All are welcome to attend as we enter into Holy Week.

Sunday, April 12, 2020: Easter Egg Hunt in the Saint Mark’s Garden
10 - 10:45 a.m.

Come and celebrate Easter with a fun egg hunt. Bring your own basket!

May

Friday, May 15 - Saturday, May 16, 2020: Youth Lock-In
6 p.m. - 9 a.m.

All youth (ages 12 and up) are welcome to this sleepover at the church, with games, food, and prayer, concluding with service on Saturday morning at the Saturday Soup Bowl. Please RSVP to Father Babin.

Saturday, May 30, 2020: Parish Picnic, location TBD

Stay tuned for more details. There will be games for children and families!