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: Fri. 12:00 noon


Father Rowan Hall 412-678-3443
Parish Nurse Office 412-678-6275 x102
Religous Education Office 412-678-6275 x105
Mary of Nazareth Catholic 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 Mass Schedule

Ash Wednesday is 10 February 2016, Masses: 8:30am Liberty & 7:00pm Port Vue
Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return.

Ashes for Ash Wednesday

Packets of ashes and instructions for the brief prayer for the Rite of Giving Ashes will be available at the altar at both of our churches for parishioners to take home to those unable to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday.

Fish Fry 2016

We are hosting a Saint Mark Parish Fish Fry this year on Ash Wednesday (10 February) from 2—6pm and on Good Friday (25 March) in Father Rowan Hall. We
seek volunteers to assist with set-up on Tuesday, 9 February and Thursday, 24 March; and on the days of our events. Additionally, help is needed for table service, kitchen help, and clean-up on Ash Wednesday and on Good Friday. Bakers also requested to volunteer their time and talent with Bake Sales during the dinners. To volunteer or for any questions, please contact Adam Carlson at 412-478 -0064, or adamfcarlson@gmail.com, or Judy Shriane at 412 979- 1128, or judyy103@comcast.net. Menu and more details to come! Thank you!

Lenten Black Books

The Lenten black books are available at the entrance to each worship site.     

Celebrating Father Daniel’s 5th Anniversary as Pastor!

Congratulations and God Bless You Father Daniel on your fifth anniversary as Pastor of Saint Mark Parish! Thank you for all you do for our parish family!
Please join us for a light reception after 8am Mass on 7 February in the Port Vue Coffee House to celebrate!

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.

Why do we use stones to symbolize LENT?

Jesus is the life-giving stone. He is the stone of our salvation through his death and
resurrection.
We are using the stones this LENT to represent how we can be more like Christ.
Please take a stone from the basket
and pray over the word on the rock.
Ask Jesus how you can open your
life to this word and how your
actions can speak kindness and love through this word.

Baked Goods Needed

We are in need of people to bake for the bake sale at the Pot Pie dinner. Please drop off in the Port Vue hall on Sunday, 7 February any time after 11am Mass. Thank you!

NEEDED: Kitchen Equipment

We are in need of replacing 2 electric fryers that are used for the festival, fish fry and other parish activities. This is a costly investment. If anyone would like to contribute to help defray the expense, please place your donation in the offertory collection and mark your envelope FRYER DONATION. Thank you!

American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The term “heart disease” is often used
interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease.” Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with healthy lifestyle choices.
You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. To lower your risk:
• Watch your weight.
• Quit smoking and stay away from
secondhand smoke.
• Control your cholesterol and blood
pressure.
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in
moderation.
• Get active and eat healthy.
On 13 and 14 February, we will be having a Blood Pressure Screening before and after all Masses. The blood pressure screening
will be in the entrance of
the Liberty site and in the
meeting room (old library)
at the Port Vue site.

Do You Want to Get More Out of the Mass?

The Mass is the center of our Catholic faith. But many of us find ourselves mindlessly going through the motions every week. In his video-based study, “A Biblical Walk Through The Mass” Dr. Edward Sri will explore the roots of the words and gestures we experience in the Mass. The Evangelization Committee of Corpus Christi Parish, McKeesport, PA, will present this course of study for six Tuesdays beginning 9 February through 15 March from 7-8:30 pm. Fee is $10 for study materials. Make the study of the Mass a part of your Lenten journey. You can enroll by contacting the Corpus Christi parish office at 412-672-0765. You will come to know and understand the Mass as never before leading you to a richer more fruitful worship experience.

Weekly Grief Support Group

For those who have lost loved ones First Evangelical Free Church Thursdays, 7pm—9pm Adjacent to Renzie Park
For information call 412-678-6655

Calling all Crocheters!

Please join us to make lap blankets for our shut-ins. We will be crocheting borders on fleece blankets. No experience necessary. Please join us for an afternoon of fellowship and fun on Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30pm in the Coffee House at our Port Vue site (enter through the church). All supplies will be provided. For more information please contact Judy Shriane at 412-979-1128.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Monday/ 6:30-7:30pm with Rosary at 7:15pm/Liberty Boro
Rosary recited before daily morning Mass.
Miraculous Medal Novena on Wednesday after Mass.