Bookstall: St. Mark’s offers books and religious articles for sale at our bookstall located in the foyer of the church. The bookstall is open after each weekend mass but may not be fully staffed during the summer. Items not in our bookstall can be ordered and you will be notified when your item has arrived. We prefer cash for payment. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards or debit. The purpose of the bookstall is to provide parishioners with excellent reading materials and religious items to encourage and strengthen your faith. We have great prices too!
Charismatic Prayer Group: The prayer group meets in the St. Anne's Room twice a month on a Monday evening after at 7:30 pm.
EDGE: This youth ministry program is for youth in grades 6, 7, and 8. EDGE Nights are scheduled for every 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and run from 7 - 9 pm. Each EDGE Night features a game or opening activity, a talk, small groups, and a spiritual component that revolves around our EDGE theme for the year. Sometimes we even plan themed social nights where fun is our number one priority! In addition to EDGE Nights, we go on fun day trips, participate in parish activities, and serve others through community service projects. We invite You to EDGE where together we can explore our faith, build friendships, and grow in our understanding of who we are and why we're here. We hope to see you soon!
Funeral Luncheon: Founded in 1997 by members of the CWL, the Funeral Luncheon committee plays an important role in our parish community. It provides an opportunity for the bereaved family and friends to gather together after the funeral in the parish hall for food and refreshments. During this time, without stress and worry, the family can mingle in a quiet setting, supported by their friends. Not only does this group provide an opportunity for its members to perform a corporal work of mercy, but also allows its members to develop friendships within the parish. Working together preparing food and refreshments offers individuals a sense of purpose and an opportunity to feel they belong in a very special way to St. Mark’s. We welcome new people who can offer a small portion of time during the day a few times a year.
Knights of Columbus: The Knights are Catholic gentlemen committed to exemplification of charity, fraternity, patriotism and defence of the priesthood. Since 1992, our parish Knights have been active in the lives of people by volunteering with several special projects. They raise funds for charities that feed the hungry and provide shelter to the homeless. They help seniors and young mothers. We welcome men at least 18 years of age, who are practicing Catholics and who share the same belief in duty to God, family and neighbour. They meet the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm.
Parish Movie Night: Movie nights are held once per month from September to June. Information about upcoming movies can be found in the church bulletin. We usually show a mix of good old Saint movies, modern inspirational films or brand new action packed Saint movies. There is something for everyone. The movies are free to attend. Pizza, snacks and drinks will be on sale before the movie begins. Everyone is welcome to attend and feel free to bring a friend.
Rosary Apostolate in the Schools: This group of dedicated volunteers has the rewarding experience of teaching the children of St. Mark and St. Brendan schools the joy of praying the Rosary. School visits take place one day each month from October to May. All materials and training are provided.
Newcomer Welcome Lunch: Twice per year St. Mark’s invites all new parishioners to attend a free lunch to welcome them to the church. New members are offered a nice homemade meal with dessert and tea/coffee and juice for the little ones. We also offer a welcome package with information about the parish including all the parish ministries and services that are offered. New members should fill out a Parish Registration Form so that we may contact you.
St. Vincent de Paul: The mandate of this group is to promote and perform works of charity through personal service. Volunteers serve the needs of the poor, the needy and the handicapped both locally and in the community at large. These volunteers act as an intermediary between people who wish to donate and those in need.
Squires: The mission of the Squires is to provide young Catholic men the opportunity to develop their spirituality, community service, Catholic action, education, leadership, social skills and physical well-being and therein strengthen their circle. We invite and encourage all Catholic boys between the ages of 10 and 18 years to join our circle. Meetings are regularly held on the first Friday of the month at 7:00 PM in the gym of St. Brendan's School.
The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Prayer Group: The prayer group meets in the St. Anne's Room every Tuesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, except during the summer.
Women's Ministry: The purpose of this group is to encourage community among women, grow in our faith together, and help each other along the journey. The Women’s Ministry is open to women of all ages and stages of life. They meet once per month in the church hall for support and encouragement through socials, crafts, ministry projects and faith development.
Youth Ministry: The St. Mark's Youth Ministry is composed of a team of 4 leaders with approximately 20 members in attendance. This group came into being at St. Mark's in 2011. The vision is to establish a foundation for the future young people of St. Mark's who want to continue and preserve this collective gathering of young believers who seek to search out and discover their faith alongside many others who have embarked on the same journey.
The leaders of the youth group strongly hold to providing a place to help foster community among the young people of St. Mark, developing an atmosphere where the values and beliefs of the Catholic faith can be nurtured and formed so that the youth are more able ministers of Christ to their community.
The St. Mark's youth group regularly meet on every 2nd Friday of each month for three hours participating in a night that is comprised of fellowship, activities, guided discussion, reflection and food. They examine major aspects of the faith in a format that is approachable, applicable, and connective with each other. On top of these monthly meetings, the youth group plans and organizes special outings and activities for the parish including youth retreats, rallies, community service projects during special seasons of the year and hosting dinners, skating parties and even open-mic nights. They also frequently participate in several of the parish events that are part of the liturgical year and several serve in many of the other functions of parish life such as altar servers, squires, and choir.
These youth and their families contribute to the success of this ministry because of their support, their participation and their enthusiasm for this group. The youth ministry continuously has its doors opens for any young person that is looking for a place to discover friendships, to get involved with the church, take part in life-changing experiences, and to be aided in discovering the parts of the faith that they want to seek out. It is a place where young people can learn more deeply about Christ.
"Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity" (Timothy 4:12)
The Youth Ministry leaders can be contacted by email at stmarksyouthministry@outlook .com