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.

GOD loves us as we are: no sin, fault or mistake can make Him change His mind.

– Pope Francis

PRAYING THE ROSARY IN OCTOBER

Please consider joining in the Recitation of the Rosary each week during the month of October before the 6pm, 8am and 11am Masses. We will begin the Recitation of the Rosary twenty minutes before Mass. All are welcome! If you are unable to join us, please maintain a reverent quiet on entering the church for Mass so as not to disrupt the devotional. Thank you!

Saint Mark Parish Remembrance Mass

Our annual Remembrance Mass will be held on All Souls Day, Thursday, 2 November 2017, 7PM at our Port Vue site Saint Joseph church.  All are welcome to attend this Mass.   Families and friends who have lost a loved one since the 2016 Remembrance Mass are especially invited to participate.  Letters of invitation are typically mailed to those individuals listed as next of kin on the death record provided by the Funeral Home.  If you know of someone who should be invited to this year’s Remembrance Mass, please contact the Parish Office.  Please continue praying for our loved ones who have died.  And please continue praying for all those who have lost a loved one in this recent year.

FLU SHOT CLINIC

A Giant Eagle pharmacist will be available to give Flu shots and the pneumonia vaccine, which can be given along with the Flu Vaccine, on 21/22 October.  Vaccines will be administered at the Liberty Borough site, 3210 Liberty Way, church front entrance on Saturday from 3:15pm to 6pm, and on Sunday at the Port Vue site, 1125 Romine Avenue, in the meeting room from 7:15am to 11am. Bring your insurance cards with you. Giant Eagle can bill most insurance plans. If you have any questions regarding coverage, call your insurance carrier or Giant Eagle pharmacist Kristal at (412) 401-1909 to see if copay applies.  Bonus – Bring your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and receive $5 in FREE groceries*.  If you have any questions regarding the clinic, call Pam Curcio at (412) 754-0317.  *Limit one coupon per patient. Must scan Giant Eagle Advantage Card® at time of flu shot purchase receive the $5 offer. $5 offer will be automatically loaded to the customer’s Giant Eagle Advantage Card® within 24 hours after purchase. Valid from 8/1/17 through 1/31/18.  Excludes PACE, PACENET, Giant Eagle Employee Funded Prescriptions. $5 offer not valid on the purchase of fuel, tobacco, cigarettes, gift cards, prescriptions or any other
item prohibited by law.

Triangle Hoagie Sale!

Triangle hoagie orders will be due by 31 October. Hoagie delivery will be Thursday, 9 November 2017.  Details coming soon! Yum Yum!

Youth Group Harvest Party

The Saint Mark Youth Group is planning a Harvest Party at the Salvation Army in Homestead on Sunday, 22 October. They are in need of costumes for children ages 6 months through 17 years. They are also requesting candy for the children. There will be labeled boxes at the entrances to both sites.  Thanks so much for your kindness and generosity!

Youth Group Holiday BINGO

Our Youth Group is hosting a Holiday BINGO on Friday, 10 November 2017, in Father Rowan Hall.  Doors open at 5:30PM. Early bird games begin at 6:30PM and regular games start at 7:00PM. All paper format. Cost is $20.00 for advance ticket sales and $25.00 at the door. Chinese Auction, 50/50, Instant Bingo, Food and Door Prizes. For tickets or for special needs seating, call Lori DiMarco at 412-678-6275
(x105). Go bongo for bingo!

 

Saint Mark Parish Choirs

It’s that time of year for the Saint Mark Parish Choirs to start preparing for the upcoming seasons of Advent and Christmas, as well as other special liturgies. The Traditional Choir will resume rehearsals on Wednesday evenings, 7PM at Saint Joseph Church, Port Vue site.

 
The HandBell Choir will resume rehearsals on Sunday mornings, 9:15AM in the Liturgy Room also at Saint Joseph Church. These are great opportunities for anyone who enjoys music and would like a chance to learn more.  Serving the parish through Music Ministry is personally, professionally and spiritually rewarding not just for the members of the parish, but for yourself as well.  Please feel free to “drop in” at a rehearsal or contact Brandy Irish-Gerjuoy at 412-426-0008 or email brandyorganist@gmail.com.

Mary of Nazareth School Scoop

The new Student Council for the school year:
Cassie W. – President
Anneliese F. – Vice President
Drew H. – Publicity
Thomas B. – Secretary
Bella S. – Treasurer
We wish the officers luck in their new roles, and we look forward to the leadership they bring.

Several 8th grade students will be presenting their Chimbote Mission Project at the Chimbote Mission Dinner on Oct. 12 at the Sheraton in Station Square.

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

Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is to be offered AFTER the 11AM Sunday Mass on the LAST Sunday of each Month. If you or someone from your family desires to receive the Sacrament, please inform the Priest and remain in the church AFTER MASS. Thank you!

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

6 November 2017, 7pm at Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish

8 January 2018, 7pm at Saint Mark Parish

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

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