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!
Be well and healthy, God bless! Fr. Angel
June 1, 2020 Dear Parishioners,
I promised to keep you abreast on any changes and updates regarding the reopening of our church and the resumption of the public celebration of the Holy Mass.
Yesterday afternoon, the pastors and priests in the Archdiocese received good news and more safety protocols from the Office of the Archbishop. The following are the highlights of the Memo:
“At this point, Masses may resume in parishes in Marin County immediately and in San Mateo County beginning on Monday at the pastor’s discretion, but with the state-imposed limitation of 25% capacity of the church or 100 people, whichever is lower, as well as adhering to the safety protocols issued by the Archdiocese for opening our churches to public Mass. It is of paramount importance to insure that all of these safety measures be carefully implemented and meticulously observed. All it will take is one infraction, or one infection, for it to redound to the detriment of all of us. As we’ve heard repeatedly during this pandemic, “we are all in this together.” This most especially applies to pastors when it comes to opening their churches to public worship.”
“The San Mateo Health Officer recommends faith congregations have their members who attend services in person sign an informed consent form that lays out the risks of such gatherings, in order to limit their liability. Given the wisdom of this recommendation, I am requiring all of our parishes in the Archdiocese to do the same once they open up for public Mass.”
“The SM Health Officer has also asked congregations to obtain a list of names and contact information of all those who attend their services in person and keep it on file for 45 days, in order to assist with contact tracing if necessary. This, too, is a worthwhile recommendation, and so I am recommending that all of our parishes to do so whenever holding Mass in person.”
“To begin celebrating Mass in our churches and chapels with these necessary safety precautions will require a great deal of work. It is likely that many parishes will need to take some time to get there. That is acting responsibly. This means that parishes in Marin may not be ready for public Mass this Sunday; parishes in San Mateo will not be able to start them in any event until Monday.”
“In consideration of this, and because this Sunday, Pentecost Sunday, is one of the most prominent celebrations of the entire Church year, and since so few of our people will have access to attending Mass in person on this day, I hereby grant a dispensation for parishes in Marin and San Mateo Counties to celebrate the Mass of Pentecost Sunday every day of the week through the Saturday after Pentecost. Please note: this is not a transfer of the Sunday Mass. The Mass of Pentecost Sunday is to be celebrated on Sunday, and live streamed if possible, as usual. The dispensation simply allows this same Mass to be celebrated Monday through Saturday after Pentecost (a permission already granted in the Roman Missal itself for the Monday and Tuesday after Pentecost) in order to accommodate as many of our people as possible to attend this Mass marking “the birthday of the Church” in person.”
Keeping all the safety requirements in mind, our church,St. Mark Parish will reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020.We will resume with our normal schedule of Masses: 8:30AM for daily Masses, and for Sunday Masses – 4:30PM (Saturday anticipated) and 8:00, 9:45 (Will be Live Streamed) and 11:30AM on Sunday.As we reopen, please pay serious attention to following:
First, let us protect ourselves and others from the contamination of the covid 19 virus by heeding the words of advice from our Archbishop who reiterates: “The dispensation from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect. Pastors should inform their parishioners with insistence that people who are elderly or who have pre-existing health conditions that make them more vulnerable to infection and being more severely affected once infected should stay home. The same applies to anyone who exhibits symptoms of illness, especially fever, cough or shortness of breath.”
Secondly, one of the new requirements that has to be strictly implemented is the accomplishment of the Information Consent Form; this is in accordance to the recommendation of the San Mateo Heath Office. Anyone who attends services in person signs an informed consent form that lays out the risks of such gatherings, in order to limit their liability. For everyone’s convenience, below is the template document,Information Consent Form, that you canprint and fill out every time you go to attend the Holy Mass.
Thirdly, all the safety protocol specifically defined by the archdiocese will be strictly implemented. Please let us humbly submit ourselves to them and fully cooperate to all these safety instructions.
And finally, please mark your calendar; on June 2, 2020 at 7:00PM, there will be a meeting and training for all greeters, ushers and the sanitizing ministers.We need more volunteers for these ministries. Thus, for those of you who are willing and available to serve and be part of these ministries or one of these ministries please come and join us in the church on Tuesday night for a special meeting and proper training.
Again, thank you for all the support and love to the parish that you always generously manifest. Be well and safe, and God bless!
8:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m. (also live streamed), 11:30 a.m.
Daily Mass in the Chapel
8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
First Saturday Mass in Chapel
8:30 a.m. Exposition of the Eucharist after Mass with Benediction at Noon
Holy Days: 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Perpetual Help Devotion/Benediction
7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel
Rosary: After daily Mass and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel.
ANNOUNCEMENT:Father Joe Bradley – Four Gifts:
As you may already know, Fr. Joe’s play was cancelled (as were all performances at the Hillbarn Theater for the year). It will be rescheduled for next year sometime. In the meantime, they are supposed to be refunding everyone’s money. More information to come. Like most things, because of Covid, we will just need to be patient.
Segment 12 – The Spirit’s Freedom
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The Holy Spirit brings freedom from fear, anger, and the past. So often Christians find themselves bound by so many things and are not aware that the Holy Spirit wants to bring the freedom of God to them. Many are slaves to anger, envy, jealousy, comparisons, and addictions. You do not have to live life like that. In this segment we will discuss how the Holy Spirit can bring you greater freedom.