Rev. Daniel T. Straughn, S.T.L., Pastor

Liberty Site
3210 Liberty Way, McKeesport, PA 15133

Weekday Masses: Mon., Wed. & Fri. - 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Mass: Sat. Vigil 6pm
Port Vue Site
1125 Romine Ave
McKeesport, PA 15133

Weekday Masses: Tues., Thurs. & Sat. - 8:30 a.m.

Sunday Masses: 8am & 11am
Administration Ctr.
1125 Romine Avenue
McKeesport, PA 15133
Email Us
412-678-MARK (6275)
Fax: 412-673-1393

Hours: 9am - 1pm - Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.
Bulletin deadline: Thurs. 12:00 noon


Father Rowan Hall 412-678-3443
Parish Nurse 412-754-0317
Religious Education Office
412-678-6275 x100
Youth Group 412-678-6275 x105
Mary of Nazareth Catholic School
412-672-2360

Sacraments
Reconciliation:
5:15 p.m. Sat. at the Liberty Site and upon request.

Marriage:
Engaged couples are to participate in a Marriage Preparation Class. Please call the Administration Center six months prior to the anticipated wedding date.

Baptism:
Baptisms are the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month after the 11:00 a.m. Mass (PV). Pre-Baptism Class is required. please contact the Administration Center three months prior to the anticipated birth.
We are Saint Mark Parish, a family of brothers and sisters alive in Christ. Protected by Saint Mark the Evangelist, we continue to thrive with Strength, Vibrancy, Humility and Sacrifice. The Grace of the Holy Spirit guides us; the Eucharist nurtures us; and we embrace our mission to spread the Gospel message to all.

Ash Wednesday Masses

ASH WEDNESDAY is this week, 14 February 2018

Masses: 8:30am Liberty site Saint Eugene church

&

7:00pm Port Vue site Saint Joseph church

LENTEN REGULATIONS

1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence in the United States.
2. The obligation of abstinence (refraining from eating meat) begins at the age of 14. The law of fasting (limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals) obliges all between the ages of 18-59. No one should consider this obligation lightly.
3. Those individuals who have a medical condition in which fasting may be considered harmful are not obliged to fast, but should perform some other act of penance or charity.
4. Pastors and parents are to see to it that minors, though not bound by the law of fast and abstinence, are educated in the authentic sense
of penance and encouraged to do acts of penance suitable to their age.
5. All members of the Christian Faithful are encouraged to do acts of penance and charity during the Lenten season beyond what is prescribed by the law.
6. As a general rule, a request for a dispensation from the obligation of abstinence on Fridays of Lent will not be considered unless some serious reason is present. The attendance at social events, banquets, wedding rehearsals or receptions, or funeral wakes are not considered sufficient reason to request a dispensation.

Do you want to fast this Lent?

IN THE WORDS OF POPE FRANCIS
• Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
• Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
• Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
• Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
• Fast from worries and have trust in God.
• Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
• Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
• Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
• Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
• Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
• Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

REMINDER: SEVERE WEATHER CANCELLATIONS

For everyone’s safety, a delay or cancellation at South Allegheny due to severe weather is our notice of the cancellation of morning Mass or Communion Service.  Please listen to the media for delays or cancellations.  Safety first! Be careful!

For Saturday & Sunday MASSES, if we experience severe weather, PLEASE stay home.  Again, safety first! Be careful!

Do something new this year!

It’s a NEW YEAR…so do something NEW
If your relationship with Jesus is the same as it ever was, do something different to change it…to enhance your relationship and allow it to grow more intimate and life-giving. Pray differently…serve differently…give of yourself differently…love more, forgive more, share more to allow yourself to be loved more and to grow deeper in love with JESUS and His Holy Church.

Can We Move Beyond Justice to Mercy?

“Justice on its own is not enough. With mercy and forgiveness, God goes beyond justice, he subsumes it and exceeds it in a higher event in which we experience love, which is at the root of true justice.”- Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy

When we are hurt or wronged, it is natural to seek justice. God shows us a better way that leads to love. Let us pray this week that we can help move our world beyond justice to mercy and forgiveness. May the leadership of Pope Francis inspire us to lead like Jesus.

FESTIVAL SPECIALTY BASKETS – HOLIDAY SALES

It’s six (6) months until our Saint Mark Parish Festival! Our specialty baskets are one of the most popular attractions at the festival. The baskets would not be possible without your donations. We are accepting new items (never been used) which can be placed in the labeled baskets at each worship site.  THANK YOU in advance for any donation.  BASKET THEMES (Possibly post-Holiday Sales…)

Valentine Day: any Valentine item.
Saint Patrick Day: any item to celebrate the day.
Cleaning: any cleaner, sponges, soaps, dusting items.
Going Green Basket: any Green product to make an environmentally friendly product.
Puzzle Basket: any type of puzzle book – crossword puzzles, search a word, sodoku.
Hot Wheels Basket!!

 

Our email address has changed!

Our new email address is:  saintmarkparishdiopitt@gmail.com

Please make a note of it!  Thank you!

Mary of Nazareth School Scoop

Refreshed and renewed from our Christmas break the students and faculty are back to work. It’s hard to believe that the second quarter draws to a close in less than two weeks. We are half way through the year and looking forward to celebrating our rich tradition during Catholic Schools Week January 28- February 3. Registration has begun for the next school year. Please call the school at: 412-672-2360 for more information.

Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association (CPCA)

All parish cemeteries throughout the diocese are now managed by The Catholic Parish Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of  Pittsburgh. The management of Calvary, St Mary Czestochowa, St Mary German, Sacred Heart begins Monday, November 27. The Corpus Christi Cemeteries office will be closed. All records will be transferred to the CPCA Allegheny Regional Office at 1000 Logue Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15220 (phone 412-256-9370); e mail cpca@cpca-pgh.org. For all cemetery concerns after Monday, 27 November 2017, please contact the CPCA Allegheny Regional Office.

Set your feet…

If your feet aren’t right…nothing else will be. Set your feet in Love of GOD and Love of neighbor as yourself…and wherever you go from there, or whatever you do or say, will be much more compassionate, caring, forgiving, patient, kind, generous, supportive and peaceful. Again, if your feet aren’t right…nothing else will be.

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

If you would like to receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, please take advantage of it being offered MONTHLY for your convenience, AFTER the 6PM Vigil Mass and the 11AM Sunday Mass on the LAST Sunday of each Month, and ANYTIME UPON REQUEST.  If you or someone from your family desires to receive the Sacrament, please inform the Priest and remain in the church AFTER MASS. To schedule a visit at any other time, please contact the Administration Center. Thank you!

Bereavement Support

St. Angela Merici’s newly formed Bereavement Support Group will meet for 6 sessions on Thursdays beginning on All Souls Day, (November 2) at 10:00AM at Faith Lutheran Church, 1656 Lincoln Way, White Oak.  Please call 412-672-9641 for more information.

Saint Mark Music Ministry

Openings for Cantors, Choir Members and Handbell Ringers!
The Music Ministry is seeking singers who are interested in joining the Traditional Choir and/or joining the Handbell Choir. We are also looking for cantors to help lead the congregation in song during the weekend Masses. If you are interested in singing or playing handbells, please contact Brandy at 412-426-0008 or email: brandyorganist@gmail.com or speak with her after any of the weekend Masses!

Festival 2, 3 & 4 August 2018!

Mark your calendars!  Help make next year’s festival better than ever! If you are interested in being involved with the festival please contact Cathy Esack at: 412-980-2918 or 412-672-8666.

STEWARDSHIP OF FAITH

Faith: Learn it, Live it, Then Pass it On!  Our faith is a treasured gift from God.  Learn more about your faith each day and ask God for the wisdom to live it in your actions and share it!

  • Read the Bible, the greatest work ever penned by the hand of man through the inspiration of God. It is the blueprint to your life’s purpose here on earth. God speaks to each and every one of us individually through His word by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Hold a home Bible study with your family.
  • Read Bible stories to your children.

The more you learn, the more you will want to learn. Everyday you have an opportunity to put into practice all that God has revealed to you.

Stewardship of Talent

The sharing of the essence of who we truly are, our talents, are gifts from God! He instilled them in us before we were born for His purpose.

 
• Make a list of all your God given talents and decide how best to use these special gifts to give to Him and others. Honor God everyday as you use your talents. Examples are: singer, musician, teacher, gardener, carpenter, painter, writer, listener, business man/woman, speaker, artist, counselor, kind person, etc.

• Share your list with your church and community, offering your talents to be used whenever needed.

Take some time this week to reflect on Stewardship and how you are using your God given talents. And consider offering some of your talents and time to build up our parish and community.  Thank you!

Stewardship of Treasure

Stewardship of Treasure is a Matter of the Heart. Pray to God asking for wisdom to understand that your treasure is a gift from Him.  God does not want your money, He wants your heart. For from your heart you will joyfully share His treasure.

  • Think of God first. Give your gift to God from the first fruits, not what is left over.
  • Give the gift of treasure to God from your heart as a sacrifice to Him with true joy, not out of obligation.
  • Pray for the wisdom to understand the difference between your wants and your true needs. Then with joy, give back to Him.

Please be generous with God’s gifts to you!

When There is No Foundation

Many people are dying a slow death because their hope lies in the traditions of the Church ONLY, and not in JESUS! Have a relationship with Him, not a building. Make sure wherever you assemble, that the foundation is JESUS!

Share a ride, share God’s love

As an act of personal evangelization, consider offering a ride to Mass to neighbors who are elderly or cannot drive. This is a blessing to them, and to you! Help fill our churches and someone’s life with God’s love. Thank you!

Substance Addiction Ministry (SAM)

There is a newly formed Substance Addiction Ministry in the eastern suburbs offering hope, healing and reconciliation to those touched by addiction. We will meet at 7:00PM on the third Wednesday of every month for a Rosary for Recovery followed by a gathering for all who are afflicted or affected by addiction. It will be a safe, confidential place for people to seek education, referral and support. For more information please contact Noreen at 412-296-1709.

Click for more information:  Substance Addiction Ministry

Why Use Offertory Envelopes?

It is important for our records to reflect you as an active member of Saint Mark Parish through your use of your weekly offertory envelopes. Even if you are unable to give a monetary donation, please put your empty envelope in the offertory basket. If you are in need of envelopes, please notify the parish secretary.

Active parish church membership is a requirement for those who may be asked to be Godparents for a Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation.

Active parish church membership is also a requirement for those who register their children in Catholic schools. God draws us to Him at Mass.

Pre-Baptism Classes

  • 8 January 2018, 7pm at Saint Mark Parish
  • 5 March 2018, 7pm Corpus Christi Parish

If necessary, Father Daniel can accommodate parents’ schedules by appointment.  Please call to schedule a meeting with him.

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http://www.facebook.com/saintmarkdiopitt

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