Jesus’ Victory, Our Victory

Saint John the evangelist, giving the joyful news of the resurrection of our Lord says, “On the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark…” and after a brief description of the empty tomb he writes in...

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St. Mark on Stewardship

My Dear Parish Family: As I continue my fourth year as your pastor, I write this official letter to you, inviting you to participate in the Annual Collection of our parish. This gives me the opportunity to share with you the joys, successes, sorrows, and needs of St. Mark Parish....

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New Year’s Message 2019

Dear Saint Mark Parish Family and Friends, Happy New Year! First of all on behalf of Fr. Russ, Deacons Emmet, Paul, Andy and the rectory staff and my own behalf, heartfelt thanks for your Christmas and New Year Greetings, prayers, lovely cards, and many thoughtful and kind gifts. We start...

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Christmas Message 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas! Many of you must have heard of a true Christmas miracle that happened in December 1997 in Wisconsin. A little boy and his grandmother went to see Santa at the Mayfair Mall. The child climbed up on Santa’s lap, holding a picture of a...

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Third Sunday of Advent

Dear Sisters and Brothers: Traditionally the Third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday. St. Paul, through his letter to the Philippians, invites us to rejoice as he says: “Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! (Phil 4:4).) The reason for rejoicing is...

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Second Sunday of Advent

Dear Sisters and Brothers: On this Second Sunday of Advent, Church presents before us St. John the Baptist as a model to prepare for the coming of the Savior. St. John invited people by his message as he said: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths. Every...

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First Sunday of Advent

Dear Sisters and Brothers, As we begin the Holy Season of Advent and prepare ourselves for the birthday of our Savior Jesus Christ, our readings for the First Sunday of Advent remind us of the need of being vigilant at all times. Jesus says in the Gospel: “Beware that your...

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