Ministries

Ministries

At St. Mark the Evangelist, our Parish Ministers serve our parishioners and our community in many ways. Please take the time to discover what these ministries have to offer and what you can offer to your parish!

Liturgical Ministries

Communion to the Homebound

The homebound ministry is for any man, woman or family who sees Christ in the person of the sick, shut-in, or lonely. Volunteers spend time each week visiting and bringing communion to those from our parish who are ill, infirmed, or aged. They are truly being Christ to one another!

Contact: St. Mark Parish Office at 972-423-5600.

Altar Care

Altar Care is a ministry that is always in process. There are many jobs in need of a sincere heart and a willingness to provide selfless, humble service for the care of the Church Sanctuary. Some tasks take five or ten minutes while others can take from 30 minutes to an hour or more. If this ministry interests you, please contact us for more information about how you can help.

Contact: Parish Office at 972-423-5600

Altar Servers

Being an altar server is a special privilege. It allows youth to be close to the altar, carry the cross or incense, carry the light of Christ, wear the robe of Baptism, hold the Book of the Prayers, lead processions, and assist at the Lord’s table with water and wine. By serving God in Church, altar servers learn how to serve God outside of Church by helping people who are in need, taking care of each other and the earth that we live on, and loving people whom no one else loves.

Altar Server training is available several times each year to all boys and girls who are in 4th – 12th grade. Training is for one 3-hour session. Most servers serve 1 time per month.

If you are interested in serving at the English Masses, please contact:
Jorge Juarez – 806-786-7484

Ushers

Ushers are ministers of hospitality. They welcome and offer hospitality during Masses. They greet people warmly, welcome visitors, help people sit together, distribute bulletins, care for any needs and emergencies, take up the collection, help with an orderly Communion, and make sure that the first and last face everyone sees at Church is a smiling face. While everyone in the assembly share responsibility for hospitality, the ministers of hospitality are those who are specifically assigned. We are looking for men, women, young adults, youth, and families of all ages to serve as ministers of hospitality (ushers). Please call if you are interested in this special ministry. A training workshop is offered.

Contact: Sandy Ptacek at 972-424-6507.

Lectors

Lectors are the storytellers of our faith community. They must be at home with the Scriptures, love them, and pray with them. The special gifts of Lectors are good public reading skills and the ability to draw everyone into the Scriptures. Lectors do not merely read the texts, but proclaim the readings with meaning and enthusiasm. When you answer the call to be a minister of the Word (one who proclaims the Bible readings to the assembled faith community), you enter a deeper relationship with the Word of God as revealed in sacred Scripture. You take on the duty and privilege of bringing the printed word to life. We invite baptized and confirmed men, women, young adults, and youth as Lector candidates and offer extensive preparation for service in this ministry. Please call if you are interested in becoming a Lector.

Contact: Veronica Juarez 806-544-7928

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Life as a Extraordinary Minister is one of both being and giving the Body of Christ. Those who take on this ministry must, above all else know how to be truly present to others. It is important for Extraordinary Ministers to have, or soon acquire, a grace in movement and reverence in touch, since their work involves taking in hand the vessels of consecrated bread and wine and sharing them with everyone. Their reverence for what they carry is seen and felt by all, not as false humility, but as a pure joy and delight in the sharing of the Lord’s body and blood. This ministry is open to baptized and confirmed men, women, young adults, and youth. Please call if you are interested in serving as a Extraordinary Minister .

By “extraordinary” we do not mean special, distinguished or set apart. The ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are the priests and deacons. The extraordinary ministers of communion assist with the distribution of Holy Communion, under both species, and are often called upon to set-up for Mass, and clean the vessels after they have been purified by the priest or deacon. They may also bring the Holy Eucharist to those who are homebound, in nursing homes or hospitals, or in prison. To be an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, you must be a Roman Catholic, at least 16 years old, who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If married, you must have received the Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church. Ministry formation and training sessions are offered throughout the year with the expectation of regular attendance.

Music, Choirs, and Liturgy

Saint Mark Music Ministry

We are blessed at Saint Mark with nine choirs that provide a diverse range of music at weekly Masses. As you consider your gifts of time and talent, please think about joining one of our choir families. You don’t have to be a great musician or singer to join a choir – we help you develop your talents at every rehearsal in a loving and encouraging environment. Singing the Mass as part of a choir family is a wonderful and profound experience – please come and see for yourself! Call 972.423.6041 or email kkravig@stmarkplano.org for more information.

Choir Schedule

ENGLISH CHOIRS:
Children’s Choir – Rehearses 4-5PM Wednesdays,
sings at various Masses throughout the year
9AM Folk Choir – Rehearses 7:45am Sunday before Mass
10:30AM Traditional Choir – Rehearses 7:30-9:30PM Wednesday and
9:30AM Sunday before Mass
4:30PM Guitar Choir – Rehearses 3PM Sunday before Mass
6PM Spirit Choir – Rehearses 4:30PM Sunday before Mass

SPANISH CHOIRS:
7PM Saturday Vigil Mass Choir – Rehearses 5:30PM Saturday before Mass
12PM Choir – Rehearses 7PM Friday and 10:30 Sunday before Mass
1:30PM Choir – Rehearses Noon Sunday before Mass
3PM Choir – Rehearses 1:30PM Sunday before Mass

Contact: Music Ministry at 972-423-6041
Kenton Kravig, Director, at kkravig@stmarkplano.org

Community

Adult Community

St. Mark Golden Treasurers meet on the 4th Saturday of the month after the 5:30 pm Mass for monthly potluck dinner. The potlucks are held from September to May. Plesae watch the bulletin for upcoming potluck details, or contact Candy Butcher mcbutcher@yahoo.com at 972-578-9293.

WELCOME / CRSP Retreats

WELCOME RETREATS! / Cristo Renueva Su Parroquia

Do you sometimes feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more fulfilled and maybe even a better person? This retreat helps you answer this question!

The weekend is held at St. Mark and begins with breaklfast at 7:00 AM on Saturday and ends at 3:30 PM on Sunday. Sunday Mass is included. CRHP is open to all adults of St. Mark the Evangelist Church age 19 and older.

Due to COVID-19, all retreats are postponed. Please check back for updates.

Spouse or Nearest Relative or Friend / Conyuge, pariente cercano o amigo

Membership / Parroquianos

Special Needs / Necesidades Especiales

Habitat for Humanity

St. Mark parishioners are invited to join the Habitat for Humanity Team. The team, in cooperation with the South Collin County Habitat (HfH-SCC) organization, meets regularly to support and sponsor the building of quality, low cost, housing in and around Plano. This helps low-income families who need a hand up onto the ladder to economic independence.

Every house that is erected by the volunteers begins with a fundraising effort to buy the building materials. The volunteers then assemble the house under the guidance of experienced Habitat for Humanity project leaders. St. Mark, through its Habitat for Humanity Team, works alongside other churches and local corporations to raise funds and provide volunteers to these Habitat projects.

How can you help?

  • Contact one of the Team organizers, below, so you receive future email updates and upcoming meeting schedules.
  • Attend meetings and learn how your talents and interests can help with planning, fundraising and/or construction opportunities.
  • Watch the St. Mark weekly bulletin for information and announcements about the Habitat Team and future activities.
  • Please consider giving a donation thru St. Mark’s. Contact Frank McElligott for details.

For Information about the St. Mark’s Habitat for Humanity Team
contact Frank McElligott at frank.mcelligott@yahoo.com.

Parish Library

The Parish Library provides a collection of religious, educational, inspirational, and spiritual books, videos, DVDs, magazines and other materials to support the Catholic faith for adults, teens, and children in English and a limited collection in Spanish. Volunteer opportunities are also available.

Contact: 972-423-5600

Parish Life Ministries

Parish Life Ministries

Director of Parish Life: Suzelle Sulak: ssulak@stmarkplano.org

Addiction Ministry

Addiction affects everyone in the family. St. Mark Addiction Ministry provides educational programs, referral to community resources, and confidential assistance to individuals and their family members regarding addictions including alcoholism, co-dependent relationships, drug dependency, eating disorders, gambling, Internet addictions and sexual addiction.

For more information on local meetings please visit calixsociety.org.

Annulment Ministry

Annulment Information Programs are offered twice yearly and are designed to answer questions about the annulment process. Trained annulment advocates are also available to provide a “walk with” approach throughout the annulment process by assisting an individual with their petition for nullity of marriage.

Advocate: Assist indivuduals to prepare the paterwork for beginning the annulment process and walking with them through the process is an act of great kindness and mercy. Traing is provided for this ministry.

Contact: Parish Life Ministry Office at 972-424-5794 for the next informational session.

Family Fully Alive

A Higher Purpose
Help families place God and the Catholic faith at the center of their lives, year-round. Using the Family Fully Alive Booklet as a devotional guide, this program provides monthly themes, reflections, meditations and group projects.

Overview
During his visit to the Philippines, Pope Francis cited the need for “holy and loving families to protect the beauty and truth of the family in God’s plan and to be an example for other families” (Address to Families at the Mall of Asia Arena, 2015).

The Family Fully Alive program asks families to invite God into their homes and cultivates each family as a miniature domestic church. To this end, the program provides monthly themes, scripture verses and activities. Through prayer and reflection, each family has the opportunity to grow in holiness together. The Family Fully Alive monthly devotions are concrete ways that Knights of Columbus, in solidarity with Pope Francis, can support the growth of holy and loving families in the Church.

For more information contact:
Grant Burton – grant.burton@icloud.com 214-601-3830
Charlie Minjares – minjarescharlie@gmail.com 214-642-3846

Grief Support

When we are grieving the death of a loved one, adjusting to the changes and loss associated with their passing can easier when we have a supportive environment where we can share our feelings and experiences of loss and learn of the process that includes information about grief and how to get emotional and spiritual support. St. Mark offers two support groups:

A Ministry of Compassion and Connection
Luncheons are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 12 noon. to 1 p.m. A speaker will share their personal grief journey and table leaders assist the attendees to learn more about grief and grief recovery. There will be table talk but each person shares as they please.

Grief Workshop: To Light Your Way Through the Holiday
For all those who have lost a loved one through death… a prayer service and program for grieving our losses through the holiday season and beyond.

New Day…A Nine-Week Grief Support Program
The New Day grief support program helps grieving persons work through the stages and tasks of grief in a structured confidential atmosphere of caring and understanding. The group is led by a trained facilitator and meets once weekly for nine weeks and is offered in the Spring.

Contact: St. Mark Parish Life Ministry office at 972-424-5794.

Marriage Enrichment Opportunities

St. Mark Parish Life Ministry sponsors a variety of marriage enrichment opportunities for couples of all ages and stages of married life, such as periodic marriage seminars, workshops and retreats. Each year, our annual Marriage Milestones event with renewal of wedding vows is held on World Marriage Day in February.

Marriage Encounter Circle: Enrichment program for married couples based on a weekend experience followed by Circle support groups. Requires couples to attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.

Contact: Ed & Ann Cabrera 972-424-3885, Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Marriage Matters Group: Couples who value their on-going growth gather for marriage enrichment. They also help plan marriage enrichment for the parish.

Contact: St. Mark Parish Life Ministry at 972-424-5794.

Enriching for Your Marriage

  • Milestone Marriage
  • Six Great Dates
  • Retrovaille

Website: foryourmarriage.org

Marriage Preparation

St. Mark Parish Life Ministry coordinated the preparation process and retreats for engaged couples preparing for the sacrament of marriage, including preparation for Church validation of civil marriages and preparation for couples entering a second marriage. A variety of preparation processes are available. Each program begins with the engaged couple meeting with a marriage minister to begin their pre-nuptial documents.

Contact: Suzelle Sulak, St. Mark Parish Life Ministry at 972-424-5794 or ssulak@stmarkplano.org

Men’s Ministry

That Man Is You: A 26-week interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of a man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture. That Man is You! sees to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.

For info: stmarkplanoTMIY@gmail.com

Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP)
CHRP is a process designed to bring members of a parish together in Christ. It emphasizes continued growth in your Christian life and in your daily contact with others. The weekend retreats offer an excellent opportunity to move away from regular activities and commitments to be spiritually and personally enriched in a friendly, relaxing, yet stimulating environment.

Contact: For more information or to register, call 972-424-5794

Moms’ Group

We are a group of women dedicated to our vocations as daughters of God, wives, and mothers.

Our mission is simple: to unconditionally support each other as we journey to become the best versions of ourselves.

The journey is not easy. But together, in a spirit of fellowship, faith, and fun, we can help each other discover joy, deepen our gratitude, and find peace in this crazy season of life.

Meetings: We meet in the Lower West Wing (formally Ava’s Place) in Room 3 the 1 st and 3 rd Tuesdays of every month from 10:00 am – 11:30 am for speakers, discussion, crafts, activities, prayer, and a little downtime (and coffee!). We’re busy finalizing a great line up of speakers, guests, and activities for the year.

Check back often for the most up-to-date info. You can also look at the bulletin or our Facebook page.

Child Care Provided: Child care is provided by the parish for our monthly meetings at St. Mark and requires a reservation.

  • Suggested donation is $5 per family, per meeting
  • Ages 3 months – 6 years (except for homeschoolers)
  • Infants are more than welcome to stay with mommy!

Dues: Come try us out for FREE! $15 per year goes toward supplies and speakers. (Dues are to be paid by your 2nd meeting.)

And More: Community service, Mom’s Nights Out, play dates, meal trains, Mass, family events and many more activities.

Our group is growing and offering more and more opportunities for fellowship, faith, and fun. Please come and share in the journey with us!

Contact
Teresa Knode
(214) 392-1946
teresaknode@yahoo.com

Newcomers

At St. Mark the Evangelist, we welcome and invite all newcomers to be a part of our faith community and to feel at home in our parish where they will experience the love of our Lord Jesus. St. Mark Newcomer Welcome is a ministry of hospitality and welcome.

Contact: St. Mark Family & Adult Ministry Office at 972-424-5974.

Rosary

Evangelization and building of faith communities by promoting devotion to the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Contact: Lore Profaizer at 972-424-7326.

Rosary Makers Group

Join us in the great opportunity to serve Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother in a very special way of making Rosaries for missions at home and around the world.

We meet once a month on the first Tuesday from 7-9 PM in the library. For more information about our group, please call Rita Johnson at 817-781-1393.

Small Faith Communities

Families of Nazareth Movement

A Time to Prepare and Reflect: All are invited to come and join us every Wednesday as we gather to reflect on the upcoming Sunday’s readings. Each week we’ll have the opportunity to reflect on the Word of God and share on the spiritual reflection that will help us to look at the readings through the eyes of faith. This is a wonderful way to see how the Gospel and readings pertain to our everyday lives.

The Families of Nazareth Movement offers a spirituality for our time which enables us to look at the events we experience everyday through the eyes of faith, so that we might see more clearly God’s presence and loving action in every moment. It is through sharing that we learn how God, through the Blessed Mother as a special instrument of His love, is present not just in prayer but in the ordinary experiences of our lives.

Discover that EVERYTHING God gives us is out of His great Love for us, even if it does not appear that way at first.

  • Learn how to look at the world around us through God’s eyes and see how He loves us every moment.
  • Notice God’s constant stream of grace and blessings, through the routine and ordinary events of your life.
  • Grow in gratitude as you experience the depth to God’s mercy.

Faith-Sharing sessions include:

  • Spiritual readings on the topic
  • Catechism reference
  • Scripture passages
  • Sharing questions
  • Sharing guidelines

Spiritual Direction

St. Mark offers a ministry of spiritual companionship and deepening into sacred transformation of individuals. Spiritual Director(s) will support directees as they discern the way God is leading them, and encourages directees to faithfully follow God’s lead and the Gospel of Jesus.

Throughout human history individuals have been called to accompany others who are seeking the Mystery of God. Spiritual Directors, guided by the Holy Spirit, prayerfully render an active ministry of sensitivity, presence, and support that helps others tell their sacred stories. Through Christian prayer and listening, the director seeks to invite directees to listen more closely and respond more fully to God in their lives.

Contact us: The Spiritual Direction Ministry it is led by its co-sponsors:

English
Veronica Cargo: (972) 841-2733
veronicacargo@yahoo.com
Patricia Peterson: (972) 979-0052
ppete18@verizon.net

Spanish
Eduardo Ugarte: (469) 964-5846
eugarte42@gmail.com

We will coordinate informational/introductory sessions for interested groups and/or individuals of our parish community about Spiritual Direction and contemplative prayer. Sessions will explain via mini-practices, a variety of contemplative prayers, as well as demonstrate its relationship to Spiritual Direction. Among the contemplative prayers we will include: breath prayer, lectio divina, centering prayer, praying with creation, visio divina, and others.

Those interested in Spiritual Direction will be invited to meet with a Spiritual Director from our team.

Volunteer Opportunities

Compassion Ministry: This ministry provides outreach to families and individuals during times of crisis, illness, and death. Volunteers are needed to provide food for funeral receptions or meals during family illness; assist with hosting funeral receptions; housesit during funeral; provide transportation to medical appointments or Mass. Do you have a few hours per month to help with one of these needs.

Newcomer Welcome Committee: This committee assists with our tri-annual newcomer events and makes monthly welcome phone calls to new parishioners. Do you have the gift of hospitality? Would you like to help welcome new members of the parish? Orientation provided.

Bilingual Volunteers: St. Mark Parish Life Ministry is looking for bilingual volunteers to help out in receptionist task such as answering phones, greeting people, data entry, making copies, etc…either in the morning or afternoon.

Contact: Call the St. Mark Parish Life Ministry at ssulak@stmarkplano.org for more information.

Women’s Ministry

Endow

Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is a Catholic study program that engages the intellect of women and teenage girls to help them understand their God-given dignity and respond to our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence to transform every aspect of life and society.

Meets for a 9 week course on Wednesdays from 10-11:30 AM in the Lower West Wing of the Smyth Pastoral Center. For women who seek to live their everyday lives in tune to God’s call. Gatherings include prayer, scripture, faith sharing and support for one another. Childcare is available with reservation.

Please Contact Chris Keith for more information: 214-708-3702

Women of St. Mark

Women of St. Mark provides enrichment, community and opportunities for all ages. Meetings are held monthly on the last Tuesday evening starting in September through May. The Women of St. Mark is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women. Activities include guest speakers, retreats, fund-raisers and much more.

Contact: June Andringa 214-985-9737

Other Ministries

Funeral Planning

The family of the deceased should notify the St. Mark the Evangelist Parish Office as soon as possible. We will assist the family in planning the Funeral Liturgy, including the selection of readings and music. The Rite of Christian Burial generally includes a Vigil Service at the funeral home, a Funeral Mass at the Church and interment at a cemetery.

Contact: Deacon Federico Marquez at DeaconFederico@stmarkplano.org or call Funeral Ministry at 972-423-5600 x280.

St. Mark Sentinels

st mark sentinel logo

In order to better serve our parishioners of St. Mark Catholic Church, the Parish is forming the St. Mark Sentinels Ministry. Their focus will be on training members of the parish to react and execute in times of emergency and disasters. At this phase, we are looking for volunteers with Safety and Security backgrounds to form a Core Team. If you interested in joining the team, please contact the Director, Jack Ternan Sr at jternan@stmarkplano.org or call 214-673-2784 .

Para servir mejor a los feligreses de St. Mark’s Catholic Church, la parroquia va a formar el St. Mark Sentinnel Ministry. Este ministerio entrenará a miembros de la parroquia a reaccionar y actuar en caso de emergencia o de desastre. En esta fase de su creación se buscan bilingüe voluntarios. Si está interesado en formar parte de este equipo, por favor, póngase en contacto con el gerente de la parroquia al 972-423-5600

Pro-Life Ministry

Pro-Life Ministry defends life in all circumstances from conception to natural death. Volunteers work with Crisis Pregnancy Center (972-BABY-DUE) and Abortion AfterCare-Healing in English call (214-544-CARE) or in Spanish (972-679-4760).

Contact
Carrie Baula at 469-772-0228
Pro-Life Dallas at 972-267-5433