The Altar Society makes sure the Altar is ready to celebrate Mass. Flowers are bought and arranged, the Altar Linens are cleaned and placed on the Altar, candles are replaced, and various other preparations are completed to make the church a beautiful place of worship.
The AV Ministry ensures that masses are celebrated with solemnity, and parishioners are able to actively participate in the celebration by managing audiovisual systems, live stream recordings, as well as the in-house projection of materials.
The Environmental Ministry works to enhance the interior of the church for regularly scheduled Masses, special Masses, and other liturgical celebrations so that the Liturgy can be more fully enriched for all parishioners.
The Eucharistic Ministry assists the celebrant, other priests, and deacons with the distribution of communion.
Greeters and Ushers can be found present at each Mass. The greeters are just that….they greet parishioners as they enter the church with a smile, a missal, and a bulletin. The ushers take up the collections and at times help with seating.
The Hospitality ministry organizes Fellowship and other parish events. Fellowship is held on the first Sunday of the month, after all, Sunday Masses (excluding July-Sept). It is a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to meet and get to know each other while sharing refreshments and conversations. Each Fellowship Sunday is hosted by the different organizations of St. Mark.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, with more than 1.8 million members serving in over 13,400 Councils throughout North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Europe. Support for the Catholic Church in faith, community, family, youth, and fellowship are the hallmarks of Knights of Columbus activities at all levels of the Order.
Every year, the Knights average over 5 million visits to the sick and bereaved, give over 300,000 donations of blood, contribute over 50 million volunteer hours of community service and offer over 5 million hours of labor for sick and disabled members. Over the past decade, the Knights have donated more than $1.28 billion to numerous charitable causes and volunteered over 612 million man-hours of service.
In order to be eligible to join the KofC, you must be a practicing Catholic male over 18 years old. For more information, please contact Grand Knight Virgil Sadsad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Mark Ladies Guild is open to ALL women of the parish -young, not so young, active and not so active. We share our time, our ideas, our energy and our talents:*Thru Outreach – helping other parish organizations, sponsoring parish events, and supporting specific programs for local charities;* thru Spiritual Activities – with meetings and programs to enrich our own spiritual life; *thru Fellowship – by creating the opportunity to meet and support the diverse women of the parish. All members help as they can – even those who can’t make the meetings – and our email “Gazette” keeps members informed.
Lectors assist in proclaiming the ‘Word of God’ during the Mass or other parish liturgies.
The St. Mark Ladies Guild is open to ALL women of the parish -young, not so young, active, and not so active. We share our time, our ideas, our energy, and our talents: *Through Outreach – helping other parish organizations, sponsoring parish events, and supporting specific programs for local charities; *Through Spiritual Activities – with meetings and programs to enrich our own spiritual life; *Through Fellowship – by creating the opportunity to meet and support the diverse women of the parish. All members help as they can – even those who can’t make the meetings – and our email “Gazette” keeps members informed.
St. Mark’s Music Ministry is comprised of choir groups who sing at the 4:30 PM mass on Saturdays, and the 8:00 AM, 9:45 AM, and 11:30 AM Masses on Sundays. The Music Ministry enhances the liturgy and builds community by encouraging parish participation in the worship and thanks to the one and only God, our Father. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Choir, please call the office and we will have the Choir Director contact you, or visit the Music Ministry page for more information.
The Social Justice Ministry restores dignity to people returning home from prison by providing scholarship stipends to empower students to achieve their academic and career goals.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a group of volunteers who help the homeless and needy in St. Marks Parish with food, rental assistance, PG&E assistance, and furniture needs. This is coordinated through the main office of St. Vincent de Paul in San Mateo which send us requests from people in need. Nothing is foreign to SVDP in helping the needy.