This past weekend before all the Masses we began a beautiful Lenten exercise – adding a little more Latin chant to our parish repertoire. Since the Second Vatican Council concluded in the mid-1960s, the Popes and Bishops of the Church have consistently maintained that Catholics around the world should be able to sing together some…

All month, since 19 of our high-school youth, (mostly freshmen, preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation), attended the John 6:35 Eucharistic Retreat, we’ve continued to emphasize the crucial place Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament — and the Sacrament of Reconciliation — play in the spiritual formation of young men and women. On the Friday…

“O God, you are my God—it is you I seek! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, in a land parched, lifeless, and without water. I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory.” (Psalm 63:2-3) Our forty days of Lent (Latin “Quadragesima”) commemorate Jesus’ own period of deprivation and temptation in…

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9 We can all most certainly think of a time where we’ve asked…

“Laissez les bon temps roulez!” Let the good times roll! It’s Mardi Gras season, our celebration of Fat Tuesday is next week, the last hurrah for partying and feasting before embracing the austerity and discipline of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. In Latin cultures it is “Carnivale” – carne (flesh) + levare (to lift/put away) – to…

Last Saturday a young couple in our parish, Kyle and Katie Thorpe, suffered an unimaginable loss – the sudden and unexpected death of their 22 month-old son Mason. On Thursday February 5th, Mason’s family and friends gathered with our extended St. Mark community for a Funeral Mass. It was an occasion of great sorrow. We who work in the church as…

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.’” – John 6:35 This past weekend a small group of our youth had the incredible opportunity to encounter Christ at the John 6:35 Retreat in Raleigh. In addition…