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

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

This year we are going to be looking at the different vocations that the Catholic Church has, along with crafts, snacks, music and more!  Monday 26 June to Thursday 29 June (9 AM to Noon) with a Special Family Night Finale on Thursday evening.  Come and learn more about how vocations are needed to sustain our faith traditions!

 

VBS Needs You!

Are you a student in 7th – college age? Are you retired and want to connect with the younger generation? Do you want to come and learn more about your faith while volunteering in a fun active environment? Then volunteering for VBS is the perfect fit for you. If you are interested in helping out the week before or the week of VBS please contact Amanda Crossen: crossena@comcast.net or call 412-526-6059.

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

Less than two months to prepare and finalize before the Festival! The Basket Team is so grateful for all the donations we have received. Of course, we are still hoping to meet our goal of 200+ baskets for the three nights but only with your help.
Here are some more ideas:
Red White and Blue: We have three coolers on wheels to fill them with barbecue needs.
Crossword and Jigsaw Puzzles
Barbie Dolls
Pets: Slowly coming in.
Beauty Basket
Dad’s Basket
Cleaning and Car Washing Supplies
Wide Wired Ribbon to make bows for each basket
Thank you so much. Your generosity keeps us going. Please put your donations in the baskets marked Specialty Baskets at the entrances to the churches.

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!

Stuffed Cabbage for our Festival!

Volunteers Needed and Appreciated!!
We are making Stuffed Cabbage SATURDAY, 15 JULY, 9:00AM—Port Vue Site.  Lunch and air conditioning provided. Please consider offering your time and talent to help our Parish. Lots of fun! Good times!  Laughs! Smiles! Hugs! Friends!

Crafts and Crafters Needed!

Our festival is 3 months away and we are in need of your crafts. We are looking for blankets, pillows, afghans, flower arrangements, door wreaths, wood working and any sports themed materials. If anyone has festival crafts completed call Kathy DeCarlo at 412-678-3019.  Arrangements will be made for pick up. Final craft drop off date is 20 July at Father Rowan Hall. Thank you for your generosity!

Festival Kitchen Help

We are in need of volunteers to help in the kitchen for our Parish Festival.  Food prep help will be needed each morning at 8am of the festival in the kitchen and cleanup help will be needed every evening. If interested, please call Adam Carlson at 412-478-0064 or Cathy Esack at 412-980-2918.

Mother Teresa’s Humility List

1. Speak as little as possible about yourself.
2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
3. Avoid curiosity.
4. Do not interfere in the affairs of others.
5. Accept small irritations with good humor.
6. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
7. Accept censures even if unmerited.
8. Give in to the will of others.
9. Accept insults and injuries.
10. Accept contempt, being forgotten and disregarded by others.
11. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
12. Do not seek to be admired and loved.
13. Do not protect yourself behind your own dignity.
14. Give in, in discussions, even when you are right.
15. Choose always the most difficult task.

Advance Ticket Sales for Festival Rides

Five rides will be featured at our festival this year. We are offering a strip of ten ride tickets at a discounted rate of $17.50. (Each ride takes one ticket). This discounted rate is only good for tickets purchased prior to the Festival. If purchased at the Festival, a strip of ten tickets will cost $20.00. (Individual ride tickets will also be available at the Festival. Cost is $2.50/ticket.) The discounted tickets can be purchased at our Saint Mark Parish Administration Center and Cathy Esack Hair Styling Center.

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

Festival Flea Market

We are in need of gently used, but loved items that you may be discarding in your spring cleaning for our parish festival flea market. All donations must be in WORKING CONDITION. The following items will not be accepted: clothing, draperies, tires, computers or broken electronics and dirty/unclean items.  Drop off in July; dates to be announced.  Thank you for your generosity!!

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!

FROM THE PARISH NURSE: EYE HEALTH

It is very important to remember to incorporate your eye health as part of your regular health check-ups. Having a full eye exam is one of the best things you can do so you are seeing the best you can and keeping your eyes healthy. Millions of people have problems with their vision and some of these problems can cause permanent vision loss and even blindness.  Here are some tips for keeping your eyes healthy:

*Have a comprehensive dilated eye exam.
*Know your family’s eye health history.
*Eat right to protect your sight.
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Wear protective eyewear.
*Quit smoking or never start.
*Wear sunglasses.
*Give your eyes a rest.
*Clean your hands and your contact lenses–properly.
*Practice workplace eye safety.

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

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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