Several years ago a well-meaning person published a story about the popular Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” alleging that the song originated in England in the 17th or 18th century, a period of persecution of Catholics by the Anglican government. The story was that the twelve “gifts” had a hidden meaning, and the song was intended…

(This meditation comes from the heart of a young man of God whose family I am privileged to count as friends. Read, and prepare to receive a blessing for Christmas…) Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. The words echoed through the church, which for…

  Silence. Over four hundred years of silence from God. No prophetic word from the Lord since Malachi, who had written: “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of…

Remember those days when we lived in an “unplugged” world, a world without smart phones, cable TV, radios, iPods, iPads, and I don’t know what else? Yeah, I don’t remember those days either! Truth is, most of us have lived our lives surrounded by electronic conveniences which bring us instant music and entertainment at the…

The “O Antiphons” are a wonderful collection of brief but poignant prayers expressing the intense longing of God’s people for His coming. They are the verses used before the Gospel at Mass on weekdays from December 17th to December 23rd, as Advent draws to its climactic fulfillment. Each antiphon contains an invocation to the coming…

Looking back on the events of our lives we see our lives as exactly that – a series of events. We don’t remember every minute of every day, but rather individual events. What makes one moment memorable and another forgettable? I can think back on my journey in faith in a similar way.  I know…

Blame it on the fast-food, microwave, hurried society in which we live. Or, blame it on the insatiable longing of the human heart to be satisfied, and never finding anything that will truly satisfy, which drives us to ever-more frantic activity. But the sad reality is, we find it almost impossible to WAIT. To be…

Amid the rush of preparation for Christmas, I’m seeking hints of Advent which lead me out of glaring lights into a dark, quiet place – where God’s Light and his “still, small voice” can penetrate my soul and engender a longing for Him. This longing is the heart of Advent. Where can it be found? The heart of Advent can be found in the beauty…

St. Mark Lion

Welcome to the new website for St. Mark Catholic Church! It is our hope that this site will become your digital Church home and that you will come here for information and inspiration. All of the same information that you are used to is here along with a great deal of new content. You can listen…