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.
CHILDREN FAITH FORMATION AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (Grade 1-8):
We partner with parents to help children grow in their knowledge of God’s love for them and learn to be followers of Jesus Christ, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Please contact Maria Ong at 650 591-7072 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on registering your child in the Children program, or to be part of this ministry.
Our Choirs sing at the 9:45 a.m. and 11:30 Masses. Our Choir Director plays the piano and sings at the 4:30 Mass. At the 8 a.m. Mass we have a volunteer soloist who leads us in song. If you are interested in joining the Choir, please call the office and we will have the Choir Director contact you.
Fellowship is held 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 conversation. Each Fellowship Sunday is hosted by the different organizations of St. Marks.
Hospitality consists of the Ushers and greeters at each Mass. The greeters are just that….they greet parishioners as they enter the church with a smile, a missal and bulletin. The ushers take up the collections and at times help with seating.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS:
Knights of Columbus – St. Mark Council # 13225
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 Carribbean, 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 email@example.com.
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.
LEGION OF MARY:
The Liturgy Committee strives to engage each parishioner toward full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy. We offer ongoing spiritual formation through opportunities such as Days of Recollection as well as enhance special liturgies during Advent and Lent. We provide liturgical training and guide in the correct unfolding of the different ministries including altar servers, lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, music and environment. The Liturgy Committee meets monthly, typically fourth Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL:
The Pastoral Council is a group of 7 members plus the Pastor, who meet every three months (or more if necessary) to discuss the needs of the parish and address any problems that arise. They are available to parishioners who want to present a question or problem concerning St. Marks.
RCIA – RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
This is a series of steps by which Adults become full members of the Roman Catholic Church. It is a time of instruction and liturgical Rites leading up to Easter Vigil and full communion with the Church. It is meant for adults and older children. It is for non-baptized individuals or baptized Catholics who have not received Communion and Confirmation. It is also for baptized Christians who wish to join the Roman Catholic Church. Normally it is a period of instruction that conforms to the school year but can be adjusted to each person’s needs. It is not CCD for adults but a faith journey which incorporates us fully into the Body of Christ, forms us as God’s people and brings us closer to our Lord Jesus Christ. For further information contact our Deacon Jerry Quinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-288-9158.
The Rosary is prayed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7 pm in the Chapel. Also after the 8:30 a.m. Mass Monday through Friday. There is an opportunity to learn to make rosaries if you are interested. The rosaries are then sent to the Missions around the world.
S.O.S. (SANDWICHES ON SUNDAY):
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL:
We are 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 who send us the requests from people in need. Nothing is foreign to SVDP in helping the needy.
Youth Group is for those in high school who would like to grow in their faith while also building social connections. We meet several times a month for faith, service, and social activities, planned by and for teens. A typical calendar includes a faith sharing night, third Sunday 11:30 Youth Mass, volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul’s Homeless Help Center in San Mateo or a similar service activity, and a social event such as movie or bowling night. There is also an opportunity to hone one’s leadership skills by making a commitment to the Core Team.