THE PARISH – FURNISHINGS, DONATIONS AND GIFTS:
In addition to the buildings and structures, St. Mark has added many beautiful furnishings due to the generous donations of parishioners and parish groups.
Some have been as memorials, some as gracious gifts and some as donated labor. ALL were greatly appreciated. This list is extensive, not complete, and some are now gone, but include:
Church: Altar chalices, Processional Cross, Candelabra-large and small, Vestments, Altar bells, Book of Gospels, Ambry (niche containing the oils), Oil Vessels, Mary and Joseph Devotional niches, Votive lights, Organ, Christmas crèche, Statues, Carpeting, Front doors.
Rectory: Rectory dining room set, Grandfather clock, 2014 remodel.
Hall: Grand piano, Refrigerator, Window shades.
THE PARISH — MINISTRIES:
A parish really takes life from its parishioners and St. Mark is no exception. Starting originally with a Ladies Guild and a Men’s Club, St. Mark has grown into a very active parish with many groups and ministries, combining spiritual, religious and social aspects to offer a multitude of ways to support the parish.
These now include:
• Lectors, Ministers, Ushers, Greeters, several Choirs, Rosary Group and an Altar Society whose members beautifully maintain the church;
• Religious Education, Faith Formation/RCIA and an active Youth Ministry;
• The Rosary Group prays the rosary daily and the Legion of Mary bring outreach through family and sick visitations;
• St. Vincent de Paul offers assistance to those in need and the SOS (Sandwiches on Sunday) group feeds the hungry, monthly;
• Ladies Guild and Knights of Columbus offer spiritual, social and outreach to the parish and the Finance and Parish Councils keeps everyone on the right track.
THE PARISH — SPIRITUAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES:
Over the years, the parish has offered many spiritual options and opportunities as well as assorted fun events and fundraisers. The various groups have and continue to sponsor and support these many different activities. Some are no longer active, but over the years the list has included:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help weekly devotion, Retreats, Devotions to our Blessed Mother, Lenten Soup and Scripture, Lenten Holy Thursday meal, Santo Nino de Cebu celebration, All Saints celebrations, Simbang Gabi Novenas, Bible Studies, Renew and a Social Justice Committee.
Social / Fundraisers:
Parish Fellowship, Parish Picnic, Rummage or “antique” sales, flea markets, bingo, dances – for all holidays, (including one with a midnight buffet), carnivals, parish cookbook, bake sales,
holiday boutiques and fairs, basket raffles, fashion shows, casino trips, pancake breakfasts, a youth “souper bowl” fundraiser, a variety show and a cruise on the “St. Mark Flanagan”.
THE PARISH — 50 YEAR JUBILEE:
On September 13, 2015, the church celebrated its jubilee with a mass in our beautiful church con-celebrated by Monsignor James Tarantino and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. This was followed by a joyous reception in our Father Flanagan Hall. At this celebration original “God’s Garage” parishioner Katie Coyle was honored with the first Parish Volunteer Award for her 50 years of service.
“A Remembrance of the Opening – September 12, 1965″
“A Remembrance of the Jubilee – September 13, 2015”
THE PARISH — MAKING NEW MEMORIES:
This past-history of buildings, structures and furnishings gave us the framework of a parish. But the true history of St. Mark is not in the buildings, but in the history of its parishioners.
From those early members of “God’s Garage” came traditions rich in love, dedication and service which have made, and continue to make, St. Mark the warm, welcoming, vibrant parish it is today.
We love that our parish is dynamic, and look forward to continuing those fine traditions and creating new memories. We are now working on an update to the parish history with the events and exciting things that have happened since 2015.
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ST. MARK, PRAY FOR US.