Shown above are our wonderful parish priests.
Father Ted Vitale, C.P. Non Resident Associaste, our pastor Rev. Msgr.Patrick K. Hambrough and Rev. Msgr. Charles J. Forst, Retired, in Residence.
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.
Christina Sanders, Ph.D. comes to St. Mark’s Parish with 16 plus years of experience in the area of Catholic religious education on both the parish and school levels. During these years she has ministered to the needs of adults and children at Our Lady of Sorrows (St. Louis), St. Michael the Archangel Parish and School (Shrewsbury), Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School
(St. Louis), and St. Monica Parish (Creve Coeur).
In May 2004, Christina earned her doctoral degree in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from Saint Louis University. In March 2011, she received certifications to be an Elementary and High School Parish School of Religion (PSR) Coordinator as well as
Elementary and High School PSR Catechist (Religion Teacher) from Paul VI Pontifical Institute (Archdiocese of St. Louis).
Christina graduated from Notre Dame
High School (Lemay) and St. Stephen Protomartyr School (St. Louis).
On February 13, 2006, Christina adopted her son, Kenneth, from China. They along with her mother, Dolores Sanders, reside on The Hill and in St. Ambrose Parish. This fall, Ken entered 7th grade at St. Ambrose School.
Christina is an active parishioner at St.
Ambrose where she is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Vacation Bible School (VBS) Co-planner, and Athletic Association Board Member.
Christina is excited and humbled to join the Parish Staff as Pastoral Associate. She looks forward to meeting as many parishioners as possible during her initial days
and weeks. Please do not hesitate to contact her at 314-743-8604 or christinasanders@
|St. Mark Church||St. Mark School|
|8300 Morganford Rd||4220 Ripa Ave|
|St. Louis, MO 63123||St. Louis, MO 63125|
|314.743.8618 (fax)||314.743.8690 (fax)|
Sunday Masses: Sat. Evening: 5PM
Sun. Morning: 7AM 9AM 11AM,
Weekday Masses: Monday thru Friday 6:30 AM & 8:15 AM and Sat. 8:15 AM.
*During the School Year 8:15 Mass on Friday is at the School. All other masses are at the church
Holy Day Masses:6:30AM, 9AM & 7PM (The Day of)
Dec 8,Mass times are 6:30 AM, 9 AM
and 7 PM
Many parishioners seemed happy to have our new Parish APP which we kicked off this past weekend. Father mentioned Sunday that he liked it because he could read the daily readings on his Smartphone.
Just an FYI, there are many things you can do with the new APP. Just one of those things is to look up mass times at other churches when our parish mass times may not be convenient for you. Play with the APP and see everything you can do.
To download to your Smartphone or Android type APP in your message field and send to 88202 then follow the prompts.
Blessed Charles de Foucauld’s Story
Born into an aristocratic family in Strasbourg, France, Charles was orphaned at the age of 6, raised by his devout grandfather, rejected the Catholic faith as a teenager, and joined the French army. Inheriting a great deal of money from his grandfather, Charles went to Algeria with his regiment, but not without his mistress, Mimi.
When he declined to give her up, he was dismissed from the army. Still in Algeria when he left Mimi, Charles reenlisted in the army. Refused permission to make a scientific exploration of nearby Morocco, he resigned from the service. With the help of a Jewish rabbi, Charles disguised himself as a Jew and in 1883 began a one-year exploration that he recorded in a book that was well received.
Inspired by the Jews and Muslims whom he met, Charles resumed the practice of his Catholic faith when he returned to France in 1886. He joined a Trappist monastery in Ardeche, France, and later transferred to one in Akbes, Syria. Leaving the monastery in 1897, Charles worked as gardener and sacristan for the Poor Clare nuns in Nazareth and later in Jerusalem. In 1901 he returned to France and was ordained a priest.
Later that year, Charles journeyed to Beni-Abbes, Morocco, intending to found a monastic religious community in North Africa that offered hospitality to Christians, Muslims, Jews, or people with no religion. He lived a peaceful, hidden life but attracted no companions.
A former army comrade invited him to live among the Tuareg people in Algeria. Charles learned their language enough to write a Tuareg-French and French-Tuareg dictionary, and to translate the Gospels into Tuareg. In 1905 he came to Tamanrasset, where he lived the rest of his life. A two-volume collection of Charles’ Tuareg poetry was published after his death.
In early 1909 he visited France and established an association of laypeople who pledged to live by the Gospels. His return to Tamanrasset was welcomed by the Tuareg. In 1915 Charles wrote to Louis Massignon: “The love of God, the love for one’s neighbor…All religion is found there…How to get to that point? Not in a day since it is perfection itself: it is the goal we must always aim for, which we must unceasingly try to reach and that we will only attain in heaven.”
The outbreak of World War I led to attacks on the French in Algeria. Seized in a raid by another tribe, Charles and two French soldiers coming to visit him were shot to death on December 1, 1916.
Five religious congregations, associations, and spiritual institutes (Little Brothers of Jesus, Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart, Little Sisters of Jesus, Little Brothers of the Gospel, and Little Sisters of the Gospel) draw inspiration from the peaceful, largely hidden, yet hospitable life that characterized Charles. He was beatified on November 13, 2005.