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Divine Mercy Sunday

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The Official Original Image of the Divine Mercy, painted and venerated as requested by Jesus Himself in an apparition to St. Faustina in 1931.

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received and apparitions she witnessed of God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread. In the year 2000, St. John Paul II, then our Holy Pope, recognized the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday and Canonized St. Faustina.

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us. And, He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. 

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC: 

A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world. 

B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us. 

C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that all the graces of His mercy can only be received by our trust. The more we open the door of our hearts and lives to Him with trust, the more we can receive.

So, on this upcoming Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, we invite you to join us as we celebrate the love Jesus has for us, welcome Him into our hearts, and open our hearts to receive His graces.

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Divina Misericordia

La Imagen Original Oficial de la Divina Misericordia, pintada y venerada según lo solicitado por Jesús mismo en una aparición a Santa Faustina en 1931.

El mensaje y la devoción a Jesús como la Divina Misericordia se basan en lo escrito de Santa Faustina Kowalska, una monja polaca sin educación que, en obediencia a su director espiritual, escribió un diario de unas 600 páginas que registra las revelaciones que recibió y las apariciones de las que fue testiga. Incluso antes de su muerte en 1938, la devoción a la Divina Misericordia había comenzado a extenderse. En el año 2000, San Juan Pablo II, entonces nuestro Santo Papa, reconoció el Segundo Domingo de Pascua como Domingo de la Divina Misericordia y canonizó a Santa Faustina.

El mensaje de la Divina Misericordia es simple. Es que Dios nos ama, a todos. Y quiere que reconozcamos que Su misericordia es mayor que nuestros pecados, para que lo invoquemos con confianza, recibamos Su misericordia y la dejemos fluir a través de nosotros hacia los demás. Así, todos vendrán a compartir su gozo.

El mensaje de la Divina Misericordia es uno que podemos recordar simplemente recordando ABC:

A – Acude a Su Misericordia. Dios quiere que nos acerquemos a Él en oración constantemente, arrepintiéndonos de nuestros pecados y pidiéndole que derrame Su misericordia sobre nosotros y sobre el mundo entero.

B – Sea misericordioso. Dios quiere que recibamos Su misericordia y la dejemos fluir a través de nosotros hacia los demás. Él quiere que extendamos amor y perdón a los demás tal como lo hace con nosotros.

C – Confiar plenamente en Jesús. Dios quiere que sepamos que todas las gracias de su misericordia solo pueden recibirse con nuestra confianza. Cuanto más le abramos la puerta de nuestro corazón y nuestra vida con confianza, más podemos recibir.

Entonces, en este próximo Segundo Domingo de Pascua y Domingo de la Divina Misericordia, lo invitamos a unirse a nosotros para celebrar el amor que Jesús tiene por nosotros, darle la bienvenida en nuestros corazones y abrir nuestros corazones para recibir Sus gracias.

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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

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The Annunciation celebrates the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to inform her that she was to be the mother of Jesus. On this great feast day, we not only recall Mary’s courageous “yes” to God, we also celebrate the Incarnation of Christ, our Savior. For it was there, in the womb of a woman, nine months before the celebration of the manger, that “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).

The celebration of the Annunciation coincides with the anniversary of the papal encyclical Evangelium vitae (The Gospel of Life). This prophetic document on the dignity and inviolability of every human life was put forth by Pope John Paul II on the Solemnity of the Annunciation in 1995. The intimate connection of these two events highlights a profound reality about the identity and value of every human person.

Luke’s Gospel tells us that by the power of the Holy Spirit, Christ would be conceived within the womb of Mary. It was there, in the womb of the Blessed Mother, that Christ first took on human flesh and made his dwelling among us. Like us, the unborn child Jesus grew and developed beneath the shelter of his mother’s loving heart. Through Christ’s Incarnation, God chose to share fully and intimately in our humanity and bridge all distance between God and man, so that we may dwell together.

The Church teaches us that “by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man.” God desired to dwell among us, as one of us, in order to bring us salvation. This truth “reveals to humanity not only the boundless love of God… but also the incomparable value of every human person.”

Each of us is made in the image and likeness of our Creator, to share in the very life of God himself. This reality “reveals the greatness and the inestimable value of human life.” The human person is “a manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of his glory.” Created through the love of the Father, each one of us bears “an indelible imprint of God.” By sharing in our humanity, Christ invites us to share in his divinity, that we might dwell with him for eternity.

Therefore, “the Gospel of God’s love for man, the Gospel of the dignity of the person and the Gospel of life are a single and indivisible Gospel.” Through Christ’s descent to earth God desires to raise each one of us to the heights of heaven. May we recognize that to proclaim the Gospel of Life is to proclaim Christ, the one who made his dwelling among us.

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Solemnidad de la Anunciación del Señor

La Anunciación celebra la visita del ángel Gabriel a la Virgen María para informarle que sería la madre de Jesús. En esta maravillosa fiesta, no solo recordamos el valiente “sí” de María a Dios, sino que también celebramos la Encarnación de Cristo, nuestro Salvador. Porque fue allí, en el vientre de una mujer, nueve meses antes de la celebración del pesebre, que “el Verbo se hizo carne, y vivió entre nosotros” (Juan 1,14).

La celebración de la Anunciación coincide con el aniversario de la encíclica papal Evangelium vitae (El Evangelio de la Vida). Este documento profético sobre la dignidad y la inviolabilidad de cada vida humana fue escrito en 1995 por el papa Juan Pablo II sobre la Solemnidad de la Anunciación. La íntima conexión de estos dos acontecimientos destaca una profunda realidad sobre la identidad y el valor de cada persona humana.

El Evangelio según san Lucas nos dice que, por medio del poder del Espíritu Santo, Cristo sería concebido dentro del vientre de María. Fue allí, en el vientre de la Santísima Madre, que Cristo primero se hizo carne y vivió entre nosotros. Como nosotros, el niño nonato Jesús creció y se desarrolló bajo el refugio del corazón amoroso de su madre. Por medio de la Encarnación de Cristo, Dios eligió compartir plena e íntimamente nuestra humanidad y crear un puente entre Dios y el hombre, para que podamos vivir juntos.

La Iglesia nos enseña que “el Hijo de Dios con su encarnación se ha unido, en cierto modo, con todo hombre.” Dios deseaba vivir entre nosotros, como uno de nosotros, para traernos la salvación. En esta verdad “se revela a la humanidad no solo amor infinito de Dios… sino también el valor incomparable de cada persona humana.”

Cada uno de nosotros está hecho a imagen y semejanza de nuestro Creador para compartir la vida de Dios. Esta realidad “manifiesta la grandeza y valor de la vida humana”. La persona humana “es manifestación de Dios en el mundo, signo de su presencia, resplendor de su gloria”, creados por el amor del Padre, cada uno de nosotros lleva “una huella indeleble de Dios”. Al compartir nuestra humanidad, Cristo nos invita a compartir su divinidad para que podamos vivir con él por toda la eternidad.

Por lo tanto, “el Evangelio del amor de Dios al hombre, el Evangelio de la dignidad de la persona y el Evangelio de la vida son el único e indivisible Evangelio.” Por medio del descenso de Cristo a la tierra, Dios nos eleva a las alturas del cielo. Que podamos reconocer que proclamar el Evangelio de la vida es proclamar a Cristo, aquel que vivió entre nosotros.

-de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos, puede encontrar más recursos en https://www.usccb.org

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The Light Is On

Join us tonight at 6:00PM for the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

Today, Wednesday March 24th, confessions will begin at 6:00PM in the Church. There will be additional visiting priests available for confession. There are only a couple of remaining opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for the Holy Week. We hope you can join us tonight with an open heart!


Hoy, miércoles 24 de marzo, las confesiones comenzarán a las 6:00 pm en la Iglesia. Habrá sacerdotes visitantes adicionales disponibles para la confesión. Solo quedan un par de oportunidades para recibir el sacramento de la reconciliación en preparación para la Semana Santa. ¡Esperamos que pueda acompañarnos esta noche con el corazón abierto!

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Latest News from Bishop Burns

Our Bishop, head of the Diocese of Dallas, released a statement today, Friday, March 5th in response to Gov. Abbott’s policy change regarding COVID-19 protocols.

Bishop Burns has decided that within our Diocese, parishes will continue the use of face masks, social distancing, and limited capacity.

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The Bishop also released a statement addressing the concerns of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

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In these times, we ask for your cooperation as we continue our efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

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Parish Announcement

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Today, March 2nd, 2021, Governor Abbott announced that the mask mandate in the State of Texas has been lifted and that businesses can operate at 100% capacity starting Wednesday, March 10th.

Now, it is up to businesses and local authorities to decide whether they want to keep the current protocols or lift them along with the state.

Here at St. Mark, we will continue use masks and social distance as we await further instruction from Bishop Burns and the Diocese of Dallas.

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Hoy, 2 de marzo de 2021, el gobernador Abbott anunció que se ha levantado el mandato de máscaras en el estado de Texas y que los negocios pueden operar al 100% de su capacidad a partir del miércoles 10 de marzo.

Ahora, depende de los negocios y las autoridades locales decidir si quieren mantener los protocolos actuales o levantarlos junto con el estado.

Aquí en St. Mark, continuaremos usando máscaras y distancia social mientras esperamos más instrucciones del Obispo Burns y la Diócesis de Dallas.

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Volunteer Opportunities!

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“The Son of man came not to be served, but to serve” (Mt 20: 28)

If you have been looking forward to serving the St. Mark’s community with your talents and your time, we have great opportunities for you!

All volunteers must undergo Safe Environment training, as directed by the Diocese of Dallas. This training can be completed online this year. Once you have spoken with one of our department representatives, we will redirect you to complete the training.

Please keep in mind that all gatherings pose a risk of infection and that all the protocols of masks, social distancing, as well as hand sanitizing are to be followed. If you are an at-risk individual, we advise you to take the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe, even if that means passing up these opportunities.

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Baptisms

A baptism coordinator volunteer would help us welcome the newest members of the Catholic Church and our St. Mark community! Volunteer coordinators would help set up, greet, and usher families and their children on their special day!

Volunteers can help on the first Saturdays of each month from 8:30am – 10:00am in the church.

Contact Joyce Harris at jharris@stmarkplano.org

Funerals

Funeral Service and Memorial Mass volunteers would help us prepare for the final parting of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Volunteers would aid in tasks such as: preparing the liturgical items for the Mass, greeting the families and the Funeral Services personnel at the church, distributing liturgical materials, monitoring the service, and assisting the reception team.

Volunteers would help on an as-needed basis, when the funeral services are scheduled throughout the week.

Contact Deacon Federico Marquez at deaconfederico@stmarkplano.org

Youth Ministry

High School Coordinator

High School coordinator volunteer would help reach out to our youth, who are the future of the Church. Volunteers would help during Youth Nights, by engaging the young adults through conversations and activities.

Volunteers would help during the High School Youth Nights each Wednesday from 6:30pm – 8:00pm in the Parish Youth Center.

Contact Bradford Downs at bdowns@stmarkplano.org

Oportunidades para Voluntarios

Si ha estado esperando servir a la comunidad de St. Mark con su talento y su tiempo, ¡tenemos grandes oportunidades para usted!

Todos los voluntarios deben someterse a entrenamiento de Ambiente Seguro, según las indicaciones de la Diócesis de Dallas. Esta formación se puede completar en línea este año. Una vez que haya hablado con uno de los representantes de nuestro departamento, lo redireccionaremos para completar la capacitación.

Tenga en cuenta que todas las reuniones presentan riesgo de infección y que se deben seguir todos los protocolos de máscaras, distanciamiento social y desinfección de manos. Si es una persona en riesgo, le recomendamos que tome las precauciones necesarias para mantenerse a salvo, incluso si eso significa dejar pasar estas oportunidades.

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Bautismos

¡Un voluntario coordinador de bautismo nos ayudaría a dar la bienvenida a los miembros más nuevos de la Iglesia Católica y nuestra comunidad de San Marcos! ¡Los coordinadores voluntarios ayudarían a preparar, saludar y acompañar a las familias y sus hijos en su día especial!

Los voluntarios pueden ayudar los segundos y cuartos sábados de cada mes de 8:30 am a 10:00 am en la iglesia.

Póngase en contacto con Joyce Harris en jharris@stmarkplano.org

Funerales

Los voluntarios del funeral y la misa conmemorativa nos ayudarían a prepararnos para la separación final de nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Cristo. Los voluntarios ayudarían en tareas tales como: preparar los artículos litúrgicos para la Misa, saludar a las familias y al personal de los servicios funerarios en la iglesia, distribuir materiales litúrgicos, monitorear el servicio y ayudar al equipo de recepción.

Los voluntarios ayudarían según sea necesario, cuando los servicios funerarios estén programados durante la semana.

Comuníquese con el diácono Federico Márquez en deaconfederico@stmarkplano.org

Ministerio Juvenil

Coordinador de Preparatoria

El voluntario coordinador de grupo preparatorio ayudaría a llegar a nuestros jóvenes, que son el futuro de la Iglesia. Los voluntarios ayudarían durante las Noches de la Juventud, involucrando a los jóvenes a través de conversaciones y actividades.

Los voluntarios ayudarían durante las Noches de la Juventud de la Escuela Preparatoria cada miércoles de 6:30 pm a 8:00 pm en el Centro Juvenil de la Parroquia.

Póngase en contacto con Bradford Downs en bdowns@stmarkplano.org

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Three To Thrive

Safe conversations in Marriage: Supporting the Sacred Space Between You and Your Spouse

Now that the snow is gone we are happy to invite y’all to our next Three to Thrive date night! Please join us at St. Mark in Plano as we hear from Bridget Jowid is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor about creating a sacred space between you and your spouse. Light dinner will be provided.

Where:
Parish Center
1105 W 15 St, Plano TX 75075

When:
Today at 6:30 PM

Who:
Engaged or recently married couples!

How much:
Free!

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New Divine Mercy Image at St. Mark!

Two families of St. Mark Parish donated the Divine Mercy framed image. Theresa Phan, a longtime parishioner who donated the reproduction of the image, did so in the memory of the Unborn Children of the World. The family who donated the frame, Tony and Evelyn Pana, did so with the hope that having this painting hang at St. Mark’s Main Altar will help spread the message of God’s loving mercy.  The Pana’s hope that St. Mark’s parishioners and visitors will live out the messages of Mercy in their daily lives through praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, praying the Divine Mercy Novena, and doing works of mercy.  Jesus wants His and His Father’s Divine Mercy known to all.  Jesus, we trust in You!

Why the Original Divine Mercy Image of Jesus?

It was on February 22, 1931 when Jesus instructed Saint Faustina: “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish, I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory.” (Diary, 47-48). “The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance.” (Diary, 299) “Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.” (Diary, 300)  

Jesus asked St. Faustina to propagate His image and His message of Divine Mercy for the whole world.  He promised abundant graces and blessings to those who would accept and share this message of trust in His Divine Mercy. Pope John Paul II was the first Pope to propagate the Divine Mercy devotion.  He described Divine Mercy as the answer to the world’s problems.  Jesus expressed to St. Faustina in a subsequent vision His desire that the Divine Mercy image be placed at the Main Altar in the Church.  We would like to serve Jesus by propagating His Divine Mercy Image and His message of Divine Mercy as Jesus himself requested.

This hi-resolution and unaltered digital reproduction of the Original Image of Divine Mercy is officially licensed by the Archdiocese of Vilnius (Lithuania), where the painting was first painted by Eugeniusz Kazimirowski under the direction of Saint Faustina. Reproduction gifted by Theresa Phan and Family. Frame gifted by Antonio Pana and Family.

Why Dedicate the Divine Mercy Image to the Unborn Children of the World?

Theresa Phan stated that she prays daily for the end of abortion and euthanasia. The Catholic Church teaches that life starts at the conception and ends at natural death.  Only God has the authority to end a life.  Over 62.5 million children have been killed through abortion since 1973, which is when abortion became legal in the U.S.  The babies can’t speak for themselves.  This special concern for the killing of unborn children fits with what St. Faustina wrote about mysterious bodily pains she experienced, which no medicines could relieve, and which she offered up to heaven, “in order to offer reparation to God for the souls murdered in the wombs of mothers” ( Diary, 1276).  St. Pope John Paul II referenced to this when he gave his Apostolic Blessing on March 25, 2003, the Feast of the Annunciation, to any of the faithful worldwide who would pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet to end abortion and the whole culture of death, to build a civilization of love and to promote a culture of life with five special intentions: for mothers, that they not abort their offspring; for infants in danger of being put to death in the womb; for a change of heart of providers of abortions and of their collaborators; for human victims of stem cell research, genetic manipulation, cloning, and euthanasia; and for all entrusted with the government of peoples, that they may promote the “Culture of Life” so as to put an end to the “culture of death.”