“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer Some of my Catholic brothers and sisters in Christ may not be familiar with the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor who wrote the Christian classic “The Cost of Discipleship”, and who was martyred by the “thousand year Reich” just days before it fell….

“Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples, ‘Sit here, while I go over there and pray.’ And taking with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then He said to them, ‘My soul is very sorrowful, even to…

This past weekend, St. Mark parish was blessed with a visit from two Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, a religious order founded in Nashville TN in 1860. Sister Peter Marie and Sister Beatrice spent almost four days here, touching upon every nearly aspect of our parish life. They met with our elementary and middle-school students, spoke at…

[image: Praying Monks, 14th c. fresco, Naples] Sometimes we Catholics forget how many ways the Church provides for us to worship God.  St. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” What are some of the…

Msgr. Matt's ordination

“The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change: You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.” (Ps. 110:4) On Friday March 6th, some of our parishioners were privileged to attend the Funeral Mass of Msgr. Matthew David Hendrick, pastor at St. Mark from 1990 to 2008.  The liturgy celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge took place…