TWICE ST. MARK ALMOST CEASED TO EXIST:
Both in the 1970’s just as the church building project was going out to bid and again in the 1990’s when the Archdiocese of San Francisco was experiencing a priest shortage, declining mass attendance and seismic issues, St. Mark almost ceased to exist. In both cases the parish proved its spirit, vitality and viability in appeals to the Archdiocese and was saved.
PHYSICAL CHANGES AS THE PARISH HAS EVOLVED AND GROWN:
In 1976, to celebrate the bi-centennial, Belmont schoolchildren, families and other residents painted all the hydrants in the city as historical characters.
Our own Friar was a fixture until 1996 when all were repainted. The rectory was begun in 1982 and completed in 1983.
In 1998 the parish began a new phase of transformation. About six acres of surplus land were sold which gave the parish the funds needed for some additions and upgrades.
After many meetings to get parish input, ground was broken on 6/27/1999 for a new Parish Center. In 2000 the building was completed and blessed by then Archbishop Levada.
It was formally dedicated as Father Flanagan Hall on 3/17/2006.
In the Church, pews replaced the chairs and new carpeting was installed on the altar and eventually down the center aisle. The confessionals moved from the chapel to the church.
In 2007 the church got additional facelifts. Devotional areas were created for Mary and Joseph on either side of the church and a new roof added new lighting and a stained-glass cupola.
A talented parishioner artist drew an outline of Our Lady of Guadalupe and over the course of several weeks, individual parishioners went to paint their “little section”. Dozens participated and the finished painting was in the church and then the chapel for years.
The beautiful new front doors were installed in 2008 and in 2014 outdoor benches were added for rest and reflection.
In 2015 the baptismal font was moved to the entrance and the church and chapel were repainted. In 2019, it was returned to a side altar. The original tabernacle, which had been in the chapel since the beginning, became secondary when a beautiful new tabernacle was installed in the church itself.