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 you recall in the movie, it wasn’t until the players broke from their individual identities as members of various and opposing college teams, and each accepted their identify as a member of the US Hockey Team, that they began to grow together and ultimately succeed in one of the greatest accomplishments in sports history.

Last Thursday a group of young adults (those in their 20s or 30s, single or married) had the opportunity to gather together for dinner and a speaker at an i.d.9:16 Disciples Night (which occurs the first Thursday of every month). The speaker stressed the importance of not just community, but community in motion.

Last weekend we had the privilege of hosting speaker Hector Molina for our annual Parish Mission. Among the many things I took away from his talk was the comment he made about being a “good Catholic”. Being content with our current state and not seeking growth means we’re satisfied with our car remaining in park. He encouraged us to examine our faith life and ask ourselves if we are in park or if we are in motion.

What do these all have in common? The importance of community.

St. Mark offers a wealth of opportunity for us to come together as a community of believers, to grow in faith, and to go out and live the faith. Faith Formation for grades K-5 takes place every Wednesday. Middle schoolers have the opportunity meet for Junior Youth Ministry on Wednesday evenings. High schoolers meet for Senior Youth Ministry on Sundays from 5-6:30pm. Young adults gather throughout the month for socials, College Night, and Disciples Night (the first Thursday of every month). Please check the bulletin for more information and do not hesitate to call the office with questions.

We hope to see you soon!

Melissa Quaranto

Melissa Quaranto

Director of youth ministry