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

The Light is On – Confessions

15 March 2017, 6-8pm (Liberty Site).  Rediscover the healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Lent. If you’ve been away for a long time, don’t worry. We’ll leave the light on for  you… God loves you—experience His love through the forgiveness of sin.

Make Room for Jesus / 40 Bags for 40 Days

Each day during Lent this year, take a bag of any size and ask each member of your family to sacrifice something for the bag. Not only unwanted items, but what you are willing to give up to make room for God.  Give this bag to a charitable cause or recycle the things you have sacrificed.  Samples of what to bag are 1) clothes that we don’t want or no longer fit, 2) toys that are outgrown, 3) household items that just don’t seem to fit in any longer, 4) books or magazines that are just taking up space but could be enjoyed by someone else, 5) knickknacks, tchotchke, etc. that are simply collecting dust, 6) kitchen, pantry, garage or rummage items that haven’t been used in awhile, etc.  The goal is to let go of a bit each day to make room for Jesus. Try it!

District Lenten Reconciliation services

Monday, 27 March, 6:30PM
Saint Mark Parish
Saint Eugene church (Liberty Site)

Tuesday, 4 April, 7PM
Saint Angela Merici Church

Wednesday, 5 April, 6PM
Queen of the Rosary Church

Monday, 10 April, 7PM
Saint Michael Church

Youth Group Spring Fling Bingo

Friday, 21 April 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).

PENGUIN HOCKEY RAFFLE TICKETS

2016 Stanley Cup Champions!  A chance to win TWO tickets to a game on Friday, 24 March 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders at 7pm at the PPG Paints Arena PLUS $100 CASH. Tickets available before and after all weekend Masses, at the Administration Center or by calling Elena Plan at 412-706-1766.  Winning number taken from 7pm PA Lottery Daily Pick 3, first number drawn, on Monday, 20 March 2017. Donation: $5.00 per ticket with two chances to win per ticket.

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. The first Rosary was Wednesday, 15 February 2017 at St. John the Baptist-Plum. For more information please contact Noreen at 412-296-1709.

Youth Ministry – Little Sisters of the Poor Bingo

Our Youth Ministry is facilitating a Bingo at the Little Sisters of the Poor in March. Personal care items and/or monetary donations are appreciated.  Donation boxes are at the back of each worship site.  Any questions, contact Lori DiMarco at 412-678-6275 (ext.105). Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Snow Cancellations

For everyone’s safety, a delay or cancellation at South Allegheny is our notice of the cancellation of morning Mass or Communion Service. Please listen to the radio or watch TV for delays or cancellations.  Safety first! Be careful!  For Saturday & Sunday MASSES, if we experience severe weather, PLEASE stay home.  Your Sunday obligation is dispensed.  Again, safety first! Be careful!

FESTIVAL 3,4,5 AUGUST 2017

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for our SAINT MARK PARISH FESTIVAL 3,4,5 AUGUST 2017
Help make this 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.

FESTIVAL SPECIALTY BASKETS

As we approach Spring, please take some time to think about our Saint Mark Parish Festival and shopping for our Fantastic Specialty  Baskets. As you know, our beautiful and practical baskets prove to be the best in the area year after year. We would not be successful without your generosity and thoughtfulness.  New items are being accepted for the 2017 Festival Specialty Baskets. We generally make 80+ baskets for each night of the Festival! That means we need to continue collecting donated items to fill these special baskets. Please consider the sales after Saint Patrick Day, and spring items for decorating, gardening and fun activities. We also need wide wired ribbon to make bows for each basket. So as you get out more often please remember the Specialty Baskets for our Festival.  We depend on you and thank you.

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!

severe weather emergency preparedness

Tips to prepare ourselves for extreme weather conditions:

  • Have an emergency kit with food, water, medicine and blankets/clothing to last for at least 72 hours.
  • Never use a generator, grill, etc., inside a home.
  • If a carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location or open a window or door.
  • Bring pets inside during winter weather.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must go outside, wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Wear a hat and scarf.
  • When outdoors, watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
  • Check on older neighbors to make sure they are safe during periods of severe weather.
  • Be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved.

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.

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

1 May 2017, 7pm at Saint Robert Bellarmine

10 July 2017, 7pm at Saint Patrick

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

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