February 1, 2015 - ST. MARK Catholic Church

Religious Education Office
As you the parish community may know by now, in the
Religious Education Office, Marie Pitman is no longer the
Director of Religious Education for Adult Formation. Marie
concluded her ministry here last week. In the meantime, let us
welcome back Mickey Edwards, who will be the interim
D.R.E. through the rest of the R.E. Year. Let us thank Marie
for her ministry here, and assure her of our prayers. And let us
help Mickey get up to speed with the responsibilities she is
able to offer us.
Thank You! from the Church in Latin America!
A sincere thanks is offered to everyone who helped in last
week-end’s Second Collection for the Church in Latin
America. As you “Share Our Faith”, may we grow stronger in
ours. Thank You!
Are you friends or family of past ST. MARK
parishioners? The 50th Anniversary Committee is in need
of names and addresses of past parishioners or past Staff that
you think would like to be invited to our 50th anniversary
celebration with Bishop Loverde on November 22. Please email complete names and addresses to Claire Fountaine at
[email protected] or call 703-560-4313. A “save the
date” postcard will be sent to these families.
"It's our 50th Anniversary!”
Come celebrate faith, family and community
28th Annual Italian Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, February 7
One seating only – 6:30pm
Adults $10 – Children under 10 $5
Get your tickets early! Always a sellout! Tickets will be on
sale after all Masses this weekend. No tickets sold at the
door. Menu: Spaghetti with Homemade Sauce & Meatballs
(Grandma’s secret recipe) Italian sausage, garlic bread, salad,
spumoni ice cream, wine and beverages. Dinner sponsored by
the SMAC Team.
Do you have family photos of ST. MARK events?
We are compiling photos for the 50th Anniversary Video and
slideshow. Bring them to the Spaghetti Dinner! We can scan
them there or if you have them on a CD or thumb drive, we
can download them while you dine! Contact Lynn Innocenzi at
[email protected] or 703-242-2545.
Upcoming M&M Events: February
Wed the 4th: After 9:15 Mass Coffee Social—
Deacon John on the Bible.
Wed the 11th: Trip to National Museum of
Women in the Arts—Mary Exhibit
Sat the 14th: Valentine’s Day Lunch—Clyde’s in Ashburn
Tues the 17th: Shrove Tuesday pancake breakfast—Deacon
John on LENT.
M&M=Maturing Matters - The 55+ Group of ST. MARK
Church—For more information please contact: Barbara
Walsh at 703-620-9314 or [email protected] or Anne
Shea 703-938-9049 or [email protected]
FEBRUARY 1, 2015
Catholic Press Month
February is Catholic Press Month—with the great
encouragement to continue growing in our faith through the
information and education offered through the Catholic
media—such as, the Arlington Catholic Herald. Please
subscribe, and read, and learn!
Religious Freedom—Let us show by our prayers and
witness the benefit of the freedom to worship, and so convince
our country of its value.
Religious Education (RE) Announcements
Vacation Bible School (VBS) – Co-Directors Needed: VBS
is closer than you think—July 13 to 17 and ST. MARK is
looking for two Co-Directors to lead. Past experience is not
required! Please contact Ana Lisa Pinon in the RE office.
Spirit Teams for 7th Graders: An email was sent out Jan. 29
with more information about Spirit Teams for 7th graders
preparing to receive CONFIRMATION in the spring of 2016.
Spirit Teams are a necessary part of CONFIRMATION
preparation at ST. MARK, replacing the service hour
component. Contact Ana Lisa Pinon if you are interested in
serving as a Leader.
First EUCHARIST Parent Meeting: is scheduled for
Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30pm, in the Cassidy Activities
Center. This meeting is for parents of second graders and
parents of older children who are preparing to receive
EUCHARIST for the first time in late April and May.
Do you desire to deepen your prayer life? Lord Teach
Me to Pray is a 3 part Ignatian prayer series of Ignatian
meditation and contemplation, in small groups for weekly
prayer and faith sharing. For more information or to register
contact the RE Office at 703-938-1948 or Barbara Saladino at
[email protected]
If you missed the 8 week A Quick
Journey Through the Bible
held last Fall, we are offering it
again beginning in February. This study helps you understand
what the Bible means. You can choose from three weekly
sessions: Wed 7:30-9pm, Thu 1-2:30pm, Sat 9-10:30am. $20.
The Rosary for Vocations will be said on the second
Sunday of each month in the Chapel at 4:30pm. Please come
and join us and, if you are able, stay for Evening Prayer and
Benediction at 5:00pm.
ST. MARK Catholic School News: Did you know… ST.
MARK Catholic School has already accepted over 40
applications for the 2015-2016 School year. There are still
limited places available in most grades, but please don’t wait!
If you plan to enroll your child(ren), or if your friends and
neighbors are considering ST. MARK School for some future
date, we would love to tell you more about our wonderful
School. Enjoy the advantage of smaller class sizes now, as our
upper grades are nearly full and promise to remain so for
several years. For admissions questions, applications, or
enrollment information, please contact
[email protected] or 703-766-3441.
Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95
1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28
This week’s Readings center on the theme of the prophet, the
one longed for by the Israelite people. Our First Reading is
part of a very long discourse called the Deuteronomic Code, a
book of rules and regulations for living which guaranteed
health, wholeness and happiness if followed. The Israelites
were understandably suspicious of prophets; if they wanted to
know what to do, Deuteronomy had all the answers! But they
did need a leader, and Moses promised them that one just like
themselves would be raised up from among their midst to lead
them. This passage is central to the Jews’ hope for and
prophecy of a Messiah.
Our Gospel Reading from the First Chapter of Saint Mark
portrays Jesus teaching in the synagogue, the leader promised
by Moses. His authority was so amazing that the people
listening to Him were spellbound. Saint Mark means to set up
the notion, from the very beginning, that Jesus was a huge
threat to the established Church of the time (“…He taught with
authority and not like the scribes”) and thus was a target for
their hatred. The Way of the Cross was to be Jesus’s way from
the beginning of his life of ministry, because of his amazing
gift as a Prophet and because of His choice to use this gift. Our
way of discipleship is not unlike those who heard Him and
followed Him – at first we are amazed, perhaps by an answer
to prayer such as a loved one being cured of an illness, so we
set everything aside to follow Him Who has filled us with so
many blessings. But then the way gets hard, and we realize
that we, like Jesus, are called to speak the truth in ways that
can incur the anger of those around us. Let us pray for the
grace to be persistent in following the way of Christ.
Please pray for all parishioners who are
homebound and in nursing homes. Please
remember to pray for those in our parish who
are ill: Charlene Merrill, Milton Smithman, Karen
Kuchta, Nur Gangji, Kathy Froelke, Carol Palmucci, Gina
McCloskey, Faye Morin, and Betty Fulton.
Please pray for the following deployed service
people who have ties to our parish: Cpl Zachary
A.Cooper, Sgt Jasmine Daniel, QM2 Waters Eric,
Sgt Joshua Wyant, Cpl Derek W. Raines, LCpl Christian D.
Wilkins, Cpl Rafael De La Torre, MGySgt William
McClelland, Cpl Austin Evans, and LTJG John Duffner.
Daily Readings
Mass Intentions
Malachi 3:1-4; Ps 24; Monday, February 2, 2015
Heb 2:14-18; Lk 2:22 Presentation of the Lord
9:15am †Rose Calandriello
11:00am Sunrise HM †Souls in
7:30pm †Constance Waring
Rom 5:1-5; Ps 22; Mk Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Sts. Blaise and Ansgar
9:15am †Marjorie Eilertsen
Heb 12:4-7; Ps 103; Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Mk 6:1-6
9:15am †Ceil Sullivan
Heb 12:18-19, 21-24; Thursday, February 5, 2015
Ps 48; Mk 6:7-13
St. Agatha
9:15am †Margo Benipayo
Ministers will gather this LENT for a day of talks, workshops,
and prayer. Our keynote speaker will be Father Patrick
McMahon, O. Carm. A number of speakers will lead breakout
sessions. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. All interested
parishioners are invited to join us.
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 9am – 3pm
Place: Cassidy Activities Center
common sense if you are sick. If you do come to church while
sick with a cold or sore throat, please be considerate of others
and refrain from Communion from the Cup. Yes, the alcohol
content and vigorous wiping with purificator does kill most
germs, but it is probably better not to tempt fate! And at the
Sign of Peace, again be considerate—as in years past, a nod, a
fist-bump, or an elbow-slide can maintain the spirit of Our
Lord’s Peace (Thank you, Evelyn and Jack!).
LENTEN RETREAT: Everyone is invited to attend a Lenten
Retreat given by Father Valooran, here at ST. MARK on
March 13-15, 2015. Meals will be provided. Please watch the
bulletin, and our website (www.stmark.org) for more details!
Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27; Friday, February 6, 2015
Mk 6:14-29
St. Paul Miki and Companions
6:15am †Souls in Purgatory
9:15am †Marjorie Eilertsen
Heb 13:15-17; Ps 23; Saturday, February 7, 2015
Mk 6:30-34
8:00am †Ralph Sinnott
5:30pm †Dick Reda
Job 7:1-4, 6-7; Ps Sunday, February 8, 2015
147; 1 Cor 9:16-19, Fifth Sunday in ORDINARY TIME
22-23; Mk 1:29-39
8:15am †Barbara Luton
10:00am People of the Parish
11:45am †Joe Kane
6:00pm †Cordelia Gumina
PLEASE NOTE that the February 6:00pm Youth and
Family Mass will be NEXT Sunday, February 8. (Enjoy the
Super Bowl).
ASH WEDNESDAY is Wednesday, February 18th.
Masses will be at 6:15am, 9:15am, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm.
Matthew 25-for the Lamb Center, homeless shelter
in Fairfax Co.
Regular Coffee
Sugar & Creamer
Laundry Detergent
Bleach Trash bags (55 or 13 gallon)
Plastic Forks
Small Styrofoam drink Cups and
Packets of Oatmeal
Diapers Size 5
Paper Towel Rolls
Plastic Razors
Small Deodorant
Please support the Lamb Center by donating any of these
items in the Matthew 25 bin in the Narthex. These items
are desperately needed due to the cold weather !!
Just Neighbors Ministry (www.justneighbors.org) is a
local ministry supported by ST. MARK that provides
immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and
refugees in Northern Virginia. Just Neighbors is seeking
volunteers to serve at its upcoming community clinics in
Herndon on Saturday mornings February 7th and March 7th.
Volunteers will work with Staff Attorneys to interview clients
from around the world and assist with their immigration
applications. Just Neighbors then determines how it can help
eligible immigrants unite with their families, attain
authorization to work, and escape from situations of domestic
violence. Volunteers do not need foreign language skills or legal
experience although Spanish is helpful. Anyone interested in
volunteering or learning more can contact the Just Neighbors
volunteer coordinator Linda Lacy: [email protected] or
God, are you sure that you are calling me to do this?
Do you have a Service project idea that can help others in our
parish community or in areas outside our parish boundaries?
ST. MARK has been reaching out to those in need since its
founding in 1965. Many of our existing Service Ministries
started with an idea, a good leader and willing volunteers
(Thanksgiving Clothing Drive, English as a Second Language,
McDowell Co. Furniture Collection, Support our Troops, etc.).
Please contact Bill Grossman at 703-938-1936, or
[email protected]
Calling all Christian businessmen to come to Christians in
Commerce; a one hour meeting of prayer, worship, teaching,
small group discussion and friendship every Wednesday
morning. Coffee, donuts and fellowship starts at 6:45am. Main
meeting is 7am to 8am. Enter the rear of the church building
and follow the signs.
The ST. MARK Book Club will meet at 1:15 on
Wednesday, February 11, in Room C-103 to discuss
Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to
Christian Life by Cardinal Walter Kasper.
How to Train Your Dragon 2, rated
PG, 102 minutes. This sequel continues
where the original left off. Hiccup and
Toothless discover an ice cave that is
home to hundreds of new wild dragons
including the mysterious Dragon Rider. For ages 1-100. Ice
Cream social at 6:30. Movie at 7:00. Cassidy Activities
Center. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
FEBRUARY 1, 2015
with our February concert, featuring parishioner and
professional singer Sarah Lundquist. Come enjoy a delightful
concert of classical music, followed by refreshments. Concert
is free of charge and open to the public; free-will donation
will be taken up.
Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015
Time: 3:00pm
Place: Cassidy Activities Center
Do you know a college student who
would enjoy a Valentine Care Package
with a Catholic twist? The Praying Moms
of College Students are ready to help you out.
We are sending out loving care packages just in time for
Valentine’s Day. The package will include sweets, a poem,
prayer message, winter necessities and a special message from
you…all for $14. Please sign up by February 5th at http://
www.prayingcollegemoms.org/care-packages/ or mail your
check to Praying College Moms, P.O. Box 3461, Oakton, VA
22124 with the student's address, your address and phone # in
case of questions. Any questions please contact Darleen Rouin
at 703-455-4142 or email at [email protected]
Hypothermia Shelter: Have you noticed—It’s cold and
winter’s here! This is not good news to our homeless
neighbors who find no room in the Fairfax County shelters.
ST. MARK will help nearby church Hypothermia Shelters with
volunteers and food again this winter. The next one is:
February 8-14, Centerpointe Church, Fairfax
Join our group of volunteers-and level of time and talent you
may have is valuable, and training is free! Contact Diane
Smith 703-620-0629 or e-mail [email protected]
com to learn more.
Overcoming Sin & Evil at this Year’s Men’s
Conference! All men of the parish are invited to the Sixth
Annual Diocesan Men’s Conference on March 7. This year’s
conference – entitled Victory Over the Common Enemy – will
feature renowned speaker Fr. Larry Richards and author Neal
Lozano exploring the presence of sin and evil in our lives, and
how to overcome them. Breakfast, lunch, and Mass with
Bishop Loverde will be included. Registration is taking place
now. Please note the new conference location—Foxchase
Manor in Manassas. Go to www.arlingtondiocese.org/men
for more details or to register.
Counseling Corner:
Offering helpful thoughts and
resources for emotional and spiritual health.
"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light
our own way." ~Mary Anne Radmacher
Ellen Murphy, LCSW
ST. MARK Counseling Center
(703) 281-9671
[email protected]
High School Events : Faith Used in Everyday Living
FUEL Nights resume Sunday, February 22nd
(7 - 8:30 pm in the Youth Room)
Sunday, February 1 - {6 pm Youth Mass is next Sunday}
SUPERBOWL FUEL Night - 5:30 - 9pm (Youth House)
{Location will be on Facebook and Newsletter}
Monday, February 2
Girls’ CLC in Youth Room at 7:30 pm
DE S C K S &
ST. MARK Youth Ministry will provide the pizza &
soda, bring a snack or dessert to share!
Jr. High Events Join us this Friday, February 6, 2015 for the next Jr. High
event 6 - 9 pm Ice Skating! Permission forms needed...
Visit us at: youth.www.stmark.org
Please fill out a registration form for the 2014-15 school year!
Wednesday, February 4
Boys’ CLC in Youth Room at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 6
6:15 am Mass & Breakfast
Jr. High Group - Ice Skating 6 — 9 pm
Sunday, February 8
6 pm Youth & Family Mass - Dinner - Valentine’s Activity
For more information contact Kevin Flores / Eric McDade
at 703-938-5656 or [email protected] / [email protected]