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

Holy Day of Obligation – 15 August 2017 Mass Times

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass is celebrated on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, at

10:00am at our Port Vue site, Saint Joseph church

and

7:00pm at our Liberty site, Saint Eugene church

Please join us for this Holy Day of Obligation and Holy Day of Opportunity.

Saint Mark Parish Car Cruise

Saint Mark Parish is having its first ever car cruise on Sunday, 17 September 2017, 12pm to 4pm at the Liberty site, 3210 Liberty Way, Liberty Borough. All cars are to be pre-registered by calling Don Kish (412-664-1640) or Cathy Esack (412-980-2918). We are limiting the number of cars to 50 for our maiden cruise. Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 cars registered. Food, fun and a good time for all ages! We hope to see you there! Anyone able to donate time for kitchen help, selling 50-50 tickets or directing cars, please call Don Kish at 412-664-1640.   Thank you!

FESTIVAL SUCCESS!

Festival SUCCESS!
Saint Mark Parish SUCCESS!
Praise the LORD! And THANK YOU!

For all who helped to make our FESTIVAL a huge success, I praise the LORD and I thank you! With God’s help, and with your loving SELF-SACRIFICE and TEAMWORK, we managed to come together as ONE for the sake of our Saint Mark Parish family. Praise GOD!!! The festival is truly an amazing and tremendous endeavor, and an example of the action of God’s love in our lives!  While we all experienced some challenges and difficulties, we managed to work together with God’s grace and the support and initiative of so many generous and loving parishioners. Your love and leadership, collaboration and coordination, time and tireless efforts are always amazing and overwhelming! May God bless you all with a profound experience of His relentless mercy and His mighty and tender love – and may that experience give you the courage, strength and humility necessary to continue our heroic work and daily sacrifices to help bring enhanced life, joy and vibrancy to our Catholic family and entire community for many years to come.  Ultimately, SUCCESS with our FESTIVAL and in every aspect of our PARISH is because of God-in-YOU – evidence that when we WORK TOGETHER, as ONE BODY in CHRIST JESUS, directing our lives to the FATHER, by the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, our lives become Eucharistic, and we make life easier and better for everyone…and we all benefit.

THANK YOU and GOD BLESS YOU for joining together for the sake of our entire Saint Mark Parish family and entire community!

WANTED: VOLUNTEER CHURCH CLEANERS

We are seeking additional volunteers to help clean the Port Vue site Saint Joseph church on Tuesdays from 9am to 11am. We also are seeking additional volunteers to help clean the Liberty site Saint Eugene church on Thursdays from 11am to 2pm. If you are available to assist, please call the Administration Center at 412-678-6275 to volunteer. Thank you!

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!

MARY OF NAZARETH CATHOLIC SCHOOL REGISTRATIONS

Mary of Nazareth Catholic School is currently accepting registration for preschool through grade eight. Interested families should contact the school at 412-672-2360.

Time for Twos Educational Discovery
A new program at Mary of Nazareth Catholic School.  This program gives children an opportunity to socialize and introduces them to educational discoveries. Registration is limited to a first come, first serve basis. Contact the school at 412-672-2360.

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.

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!

FROM THE PARISH NURSE: SKIN CANCER – DETECTION & PREVENTION

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer, but can also come from tanning booths or sunlamps. The most dangerous kind of skin cancer is called melanoma. Protecting your skin today may help prevent skin cancer later in life.  Most skin cancer appears after age 50, but skin damage from the sun can start during childhood. Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. Communities, health professionals, and families can work to prevent skin cancer or detect it early.
Use these simple steps to protect your skin:
– Stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
– Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Put on sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
– Cover up with long sleeves, long pants or a skirt, a hat, and sunglasses
– Check your skin once a month for changes.
– Avoid indoor tanning.
Taking these steps to prevent skin cancer may also help prevent wrinkles, blotches or spots on your skin, and other damage to your skin and eyes.

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.

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 September 2017, 7pm at Queen of the Rosary Parish

6 November 2017, 7pm at Saint Robert Bellarmine 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

Check it out for the latest photos and events.