Last Wednesday the Junior Youth Ministry (JYM) group watched the movie Miracle (about the 1980 US hockey team and the “miracle on ice”). We used it as a follow up to a conversation we had about faith. Last year Fr. Michael reminded them that faith is like a team sport; it grows in community. If…

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…

With Confirmation only 3 weeks away, I wanted to share the following reflection a teen recently shared with me. She wrote it for her English class in response to the following prompt: “Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?” I think…

Confirmation FAQs Since Confirmation is right around the corner it seemed like a good opportunity to address a few frequently asked questions regarding this often misunderstood sacrament… How is Confirmation linked to mission? Confirmation comes from the Latin confirmare which means to strengthen. It does so in three ways: in relationship with Jesus, in the…

We all can agree on the importance of lifelong learning and ongoing education… but what does that look like in terms of our Catholic faith and religious education? Mr. Paul Abbe, our Director of Religious Education, recently included a list of some awesome upcoming opportunities for adult education in the bulletin. In addition to those,…

Registration is now open for Children’s Faith Formation and Youth Ministry. Anne Doyle is the Director of Children’s Faith Formation and Melissa Quaranto is our Director of Youth Ministry. Registration forms are available outside of their offices, and Anne and/or Melissa will be available in the Gathering Space after all Masses on the weekends of August 20-21…

Weeeeeeee’re back!! (“We” being those 14 pilgrims who traveled to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day.) We’ve been back for a week, and I have to admit I have been avoiding this blog post. But certainly not because I don’t want to tell you anything and everything about World Youth Day! I want nothing more to share every…

We would like to take this time to send a warm, heartfelt THANK YOU to our parish family for your incredible and overwhelming support of our 14 pilgrims traveling to Poland for World Youth Day this summer. We are so blessed to be part of such a loving parish family. Please continue to add your…

For those of you who don’t know, St. Mark is sending a group of 14 individuals (5 adults and 9 youth) to Krakow, Poland this summer for World Youth Day. We have the second largest group attending from the Diocese of Raleigh! In order to make the most of this pilgrimage, we need your help!…