I hope you are all doing well with your loved ones. After the 4:30 PM Mass today, I was informed by our concerned parishioners about the update made by the San Mateo Health Department regarding the new restrictions imposed again on the businesses including place of worship. It is with heavy heart that I notify you that our public Masses cease beginning 12:01 AM, Sunday, August 2, 2020.
Be assured though, that I will continue to celebrate my daily Mass privately at 8:30 AM and live-stream Mass on Sunday at 9:45 AM. I hope this will not be very long, but I will keep you abreast once we get the green light again to have our public Masses in the church.
Again, thank you for your continued support and care for our parish. Be safe and be healthy. May God bless you always!
Fr. Angel, Pastor St. Mark
July, 24, 2020
We bid goodbye to our present Religious Education Coordinator, Maria Ong, and our Confirmation and Youth Coordinator, Jill Watkins.
We thank Maria for her dedication to the Religious Education program, the children, the parents and teachers. We thank her for sharing her love of God and spirituality with the children. Her kind and caring manner was a blessing to many over the past nine years. Maria coordinated the Religious Ed program by recruiting volunteers to teach classes, overseeing the classes every Tuesday and Sunday, attending seminars and meetings to continue to add to the program and running the religious Ed office. Maria was always the first one to raise her hand and volunteer for any events or projects that were happening at St. Mark.
We thank Jill for her 24 years of dedication to the Confirmation program and Youth Group. She helped teach and guide our youth in their religious formation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. There will be many memories of retreats, camping trips, fund raiser, lunches, discussions, and volunteering that our young parishioners participated in, but most of all the spiritual guidance will be with them all their lives. We especially thank you for the Holy Thursday Supper that the youth group helped serve to the parishioners every year with smiles, kindness and a fun spirit. Also, we thank you for the many times you led the Youth Group in volunteering for many events and projects at St. Mark.
We would like to welcome Mr. Edmund Ibarra as our new Religious Education Coordinator who will be responsible for the Religious Education program, Confirmation, RCIA and Youth Ministry at St. Mark. Ed comes to St. Mark with ten years of experience as a Religious Educator and minister, with a Masters Degree in Pastoral Ministries. His most recent position was Parish Campus Minister atSacred Heart Parish in Saratoga (Confirmation, Faith Formation and Youth Ministry).
Ed has expressed that “I am eager to share in your mission of promoting the living Gospel of Jesus Christ and live the universal call to holiness. For more than ten years, I have dedicated my life to helping people of faith get to know God, love God, and serve God, who is the greatest source of love and hope in our lives. I have actively engaged the faith and personal development of youth through prayer opportunities, liturgical ministry, immersion trips, service learning projects, and religious education classes with the creative use of technology in the classroom. My experience in campus ministry and being a religious educator has given me opportunities for living and teaching Christian values and the Catholic way of life with my students.”
When the Coronavirus pandemic broke out Ed started meetings with his students and volunteers with Zoom Conference Sessions including screen games and breakout rooms for small group discussions at Sacred Heart parish. This will be a great asset for St. Mark in the ongoing pandemic.
So as we say goodbye and hello, we thank God that we have been blessed by His grace to have such wonderful people to serve at St. Mark. May God continue to guide them and protect them in all their endeavors and may His peace & love fill their hearts.
Sincerely, Fr. Angel Quitalig Pastor of St. Mark
July 1, 2020 Dearest Parishioners,
Good evening and happy Wednesday, the first of July! Today as we celebrate the memorial of St. Junipero Serra, the Franciscan missionary who founded and established the mission churches along the coastline of California, I invite all of you to join me in offering special prayers for all our clergies in our archdiocese who move today to their new parish assignments. Let us wish and pray for their good health and joyful spirit to bring the love and mercy of Jesus to their new parishioners.
Here at St. Mark, as some of you may have known through Catholic San Francisco, we have a new priest in-residence, Fr. Dominic Savio Lee. Fr. Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong. He finished his philosophical and theological studies at the Holy Spirt Seminary in Hong Kong prior to his Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry at the St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and he has been a priest for 26 years. Fr. Lee has been assigned to various parishes in the Archdiocese, namely; St. Anne of Sunset in San Francisco from May 1994 – June 2001, St. Fin Barr Catholic Church in San Francisco from July 2001 – June 2005, and St. Matthew Catholic Church in San Mateo, from July 2005 – June 2020. He speaks fluent Cantonese and cooks excellent Cantonese cuisines. Although in-residence at St. Mark, Fr. Lee’s main responsibility is to serve the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Chinese communities in San Mateo and Millbrae.
Please join me to warmly welcome Fr. Dominic Savio Lee into our awesome parish community. Welcome home, Fr. Lee!