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  •         WELCOME
         to our Website




    Shown above are our wonderful parish priests.
    Father Ted Vitale, C.P. Non Resident Associate, and our pastor Rev. Msgr.Patrick K. Hambrough.

    We thank you for visiting our parish website.  We hope the information available on this site is helpful to you.  If you need additional information, please call us at 314.743.8600 someone will be more than happy to assist you.



    If you are interested in becoming Catholic we offer a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Program a.k.a RCIA.. If you have been away from the Church and are interested in returning we offer a program called Catholics Returning Home a.k.a. CRH. 

    St. Mark Parish is a Catholic community of faith.  Our desire is to build up the Kingdom of God by sharing our gifts of time, talent and treasure with our own parishioners and with those of the larger community.  We invite everyone to join us in our many liturgical services, outreach ministries and social events.

    To build our Catholic community as One Body in Christ, many of our parishioners – and many others in the area around us – get involved in some of our many parish organizations.  These ministries provide opportunities to experience Christian learning, growth and community-building.  They focus on many areas, including:  Spiritual and Liturgical; Administrative; Christian Formation and Education; Youth; Community/World Outreach and Service; Social Groups; and Sporting Teams. 

    Our Parish Catholic School and Parish School of Religion (PSR) strive to educate our youth and to assist in their faith formation as Catholics. 

    We welcome you to St. Mark’s Parish and we invite you to visit our very active and very, blessed faith- based  community.  We invite you to grow with us in faith and service.

  • Best LENT Ever

    You are invited to experience the BEST LENT EVER & journey to become the best-version-of-yourself.

    Do this in one or both of the following ways:

     

    FACE-TO-FACE:

    St. Mark Parish is offering a six-session book study program

    Perfectly Yourself:  Discovering God's Dream For You

    by Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic

    Mondays, Feb. 26th, Mar. 5th, 12th, & 26th, & Apr. 9th & 16th

    6:45 - 8 P.M.

    Parish Offices (4200 Ripa Ave. / 63125)

    Cost for sessions & book is $FREE

    For more info &/or register, contact Christina Sanders (Pastoral Associate) at 314.743.8604 or christinasanders@archstl.org.

     

    ON-LINE:

    Sign up for email program at DynamicCatholic.com/Lent ; & receive inspirational & transformational

    emails & video on your computer &/or device.

     

    Have a blessed Ash Wednesday and Season of Lent.

     

    St. Mark, pray for us,

     

    ~~ Christina

  •      PARISH SCHOOL         OF RELIGION 2017


    Please click on Education and Faith Formation above and then on Parish School of Religion to the right. You will then be able to click the links necessary to register for PSR.


     
  •           ST. MARK 
      CATHOLIC  CHURCH


     
    St. Mark Church St. Mark School
    4220 Ripa Ave 4220 Ripa Ave
    St. Louis, MO 63125 St. Louis, MO 63125
    314.743.8600 314.743.8640
    314.743.8618 (fax) 314.743.8690 (fax)





     
  • Mass Times 

    Sunday Masses: Sat. Evening: 5PM
     Sun. Morning: 7AM 9AM 11AM,


    Starting September 5, daily mass will be offered Monday through Friday at 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM. Saturday at 8:00 AM. Please note the time change of 8:00 to better accomodate the school schedule.

    During Lent we will have an additional Mass at 5:30 PM Monday through Thursday.




    Holy Day Masses:6:30AM, 9AM & 7PM (The Day of)

    We have Adoration after the 8:00 AM Mass until 5:00 PM every Tuesday during lent. We will return to our normal time of 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM after Lent is over.

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available from 3:30-4:30PM on Saturdays or by appointment.  

    Even though our new address is 4220 Ripa Ave, correspondence should be addressed to 4200 Ripa Ave. 
     
  • SAINT OF THE DAY

     
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    Chair of Saint Peter

    Saint of the Day
    for February 22

     

    The Story of the Chair of Saint Peter

    This feast commemorates Christ’s choosing Peter to sit in his place as the servant-authority of the whole Church.

    After the “lost weekend” of pain, doubt, and self-torment, Peter hears the Good News. Angels at the tomb say to Magdalene, “The Lord has risen! Go, tell his disciples and Peter.” John relates that when he and Peter ran to the tomb, the younger outraced the older, then waited for him. Peter entered, saw the wrappings on the ground, the headpiece rolled up in a place by itself. John saw and believed. But he adds a reminder: “…[T]hey did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead” (John 20:9). They went home. There the slowly exploding, impossible idea became reality. Jesus appeared to them as they waited fearfully behind locked doors. “Peace be with you,” he said (John 20:21b), and they rejoiced.

    The Pentecost event completed Peter’s experience of the risen Christ. “…[T]hey were all filled with the holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4a) and began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them.

    Only then can Peter fulfill the task Jesus had given him: “… [O]nce you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32). He at once becomes the spokesman for the Twelve about their experience of the Holy Spirit—before the civil authorities who wished to quash their preaching, before the Council of Jerusalem, for the community in the problem of Ananias and Sapphira. He is the first to preach the Good News to the Gentiles. The healing power of Jesus in him is well attested: the raising of Tabitha from the dead, the cure of the crippled beggar. People carry the sick into the streets so that when Peter passed his shadow might fall on them.

    Even a saint experiences difficulty in Christian living. When Peter stopped eating with Gentile converts because he did not want to wound the sensibilities of Jewish Christians, Paul says, “…I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong…. [T]hey were not on the right road in line with the truth of the gospel…” (Galatians 2:11b, 14a).

    At the end of John’s Gospel, Jesus says to Peter, “Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go” (John 21:18). What Jesus said indicated the sort of death by which Peter was to glorify God. On Vatican Hill, in Rome, during the reign of Nero, Peter did glorify his Lord with a martyr’s death, probably in the company of many Christians.

    Second-century Christians built a small memorial over his burial spot. In the fourth century, the Emperor Constantine built a basilica, which was replaced in the 16th century.


    Reflection

    Like the committee chair, this chair refers to the occupant, not the furniture. Its first occupant stumbled a bit, denying Jesus three times and hesitating to welcome gentiles into the new Church. Some of its later occupants have also stumbled a bit, sometimes even failed scandalously. As individuals, we may sometimes think a particular pope has let us down. Still, the office endures as a sign of the long tradition we cherish and as a focus for the universal Church.