To all our youth who have just been anointed with the Sacred Chrism in the Sacrament of Confirmation: First, allow me to congratulate you all on this very significant milestone in your journey of faith. To have reached the maturity in your faith/the Faith which Confirmation both acknowledges and bestows is no small thing. It…

In just under three weeks, 64 teens from St. Mark will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. They are listed here by name with their Confirmation Saint Name in italics. We ask that you please pray for them by name in these final weeks. We pray that their hearts be open and receptive to the Holy…

An Uncommon, Extraordinary “Sanctus” Lent at St. Mark, like in many parishes, is a season of greater liturgical simplicity. The decor of the church is subdued, largely devoid of any color but purple. The greenery behind the altar and crucifix has been replaced by bare branches, and there are no flowers in the church. Music during Lent often consists…

“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….

[ NOTE: In April of 2016, Deacon Greg Kandra posted the following on his blog: “The Deacon’s Bench.” Recent events have brought it to my attention again — I thought it was imperative that I bring it to yours.] The conversation threw me for a loop. A religious ed teacher told me about a talk he…

The Heart of a Disciple-making Ministry that Changes Lives For 40 days in 1931, a rough 25 year old lumberyard worker named Dawson Trotman trekked up a rolling hill in Southern California with a Bible and a map of the world. He prayed first that God would use his life to have an impact on…

Then the Lord said [to Elijah]: “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord; the Lord will pass by.” There was a strong and violent wind rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the Lord—but the Lord was not in the wind; after the wind, an earthquake—but the Lord was not in the earthquake; after the earthquake, fire—but…

 Exploding the Myth of “the spirit of Vatican II” [NOTE: This was an article which I found on a Catholic blog, “ChurchPOP” which I thought was important to share in its entirety.] “[O]ften men, deceived by the Evil One, have become vain in their reasonings and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie,…

We probably all know a family that is bilingual – perhaps the father is American, the mother is from Latin America, and the children were born in America and speak English.  The mother wants her children to learn about their roots, to learn to speak Spanish and sing some traditional songs from her country. It is…

As Catholics, we have a wealth of faith traditions and rituals which help us enter into the life of the Church and the history of salvation.  Holy Days, novenas, processions, rosaries, chaplets, prayer cards, these activities and objects serve to deepen our relationship with God and his Son Jesus Christ, and to unify us as…