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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.” 

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Ash Sunday

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Due to the parish closure caused by the winter storm this week, we were unable to distribute ashes to the congregation on Ash Wednesday.

As announced by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and Fort Worth, parishes across the DFW metroplex will be participating in a unique “Ash Sunday”.

At St. Mark, we will distribute ashes at each Saturday Vigil Mass and each Sunday Mass. No registration will be required to attend. If attendance exceeds the maximum limit of occupancy, ministers will be outside of the church ready to distribute ashes to parishioners.

The ashes will also be distributed in a different way in which we are used to. This change that was announced by the Vatican and our Diocese is due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of making a cross on each person’s forehead with the ashes, the priest will bless the ashes and sprinkle them with holy water in silence and recite “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”

This temporary adjustment will hopefully reduce the likelihood of transmission of the virus.

God willing, we will have a normal Ash Wednesday next year, free of natural disasters and worldwide viruses.

Domingo de Ceniza

Debido al cierre de la parroquia causado por la tormenta de invierno esta semana, no pudimos distribuir cenizas a la congregación el Miércoles de Ceniza. 

Como lo anunció la Diócesis Católica de Dallas y Fort Worth, las parroquias de DFW metroplex participarán en un “Domingo de Ceniza” único. 

En San Marcos, distribuiremos cenizas en cada Misa de Vigilia del Sábado y en cada Misa del Domingo. No sera necesario registrarse para atender. Si la asistencia excede el límite máximo de ocupación, los ministros estarán fuera de la iglesia listos para distribuir las cenizas a los feligreses.

Las cenizas también se distribuirán de una forma diferente a la que estamos acostumbrados. Este cambio que fue anunciado por el Vaticano y nuestra Diócesis se debe a la pandemia de COVID-19.

En lugar de hacer una cruz en la frente de cada persona con las cenizas, el sacerdote bendecirá las cenizas y las rociará con agua bendita en silencio y recitará “Recuerda que eres polvo y al polvo volverás”.

Se espera que este ajuste temporal reduzca la probabilidad de transmisión del virus.

Si Dios quiere, tendremos un Miércoles de Ceniza normal el próximo año, libre de desastres naturales y virus mundial.

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Lent Prayer Chain

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Looking for a way to get closer to God this Lenten season through the form of prayer? We invite you to join our Lent Prayer Chain!

Here’s how to join:

  • Submit your prayer intentions
    • Fill out the form at the bottom of the page to submit your prayer!
    • You can also call our Parish Office at 972-423-5600 during hours of operation if you need help or would rather talk to someone.
  • Pray for one another
    • Refer to the virtual Prayer Chain Book to pray for one another’s intentions regularly!
  • Watch our prayer chain grow!
    • Prayer intentions will also be handwritten on purple strips of paper to create a chain of hearts displayed in the Narthex!

Have multiple intentions? Don’t worry, you are more than welcome to enter multiple submissions!

You may also decide if you want to make your submission anonymous or make your intention private depending on your situation.

We hope this prayer chain will help all of us have a stronger relationship with God and with one another here at our beloved St. Mark community.

Cadena de Oración Cuaresmal

¿Busca una manera de acercarse a Dios en esta temporada de Cuaresma a través de oración? ¡Lo invitamos a unirse a nuestra Cadena de Oración Cuaresmal!

Como unirse:

  • Ingrese su petición
    • ¡Complete el formulario al fin de la página para enviar su oración!
    • También puede llamar a nuestra oficina parroquial al
      972-423-5600 durante el horario de atención si necesita ayuda o prefiere hablar con alguien.
  • Oren unos por otros
  • Observe como crece la cadena!
    • Las peticiones también se escribirán en papeles de color púrpura para crear una cadena de corazones decorando el Nártex.

¿Tiene varias intenciones? No se preocupe, ¡es bienvenido a ingresar múltiples peticiones! 

También puede decidir si desea que su petición sea anónima o que su intención sea privada, según su situación. 

Esperamos que esta cadena de oración nos ayude a todos a tener una relación más sólida con Dios y entre nosotros aquí en nuestra amada comunidad de San Marcos.

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Parish Update!

Please refer to the following announcements for the latest information regarding our Parish for this week!
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Tuesday, February 16th 2021

  • Our Parish Office will be closed.
  • Our Church will be closed.
  • The 12:15 pm Daily Mass will be live-streamed
    • if enough resources are available
    • closed to the public; ONLY live-streamed

Ash Wednesday, February 17th 2021

  • Our Parish Office will be closed.
  • Our Church will be closed.
  • The 5:30 pm Ash Wednesday English Mass will be live-streamed
    • if enough resources are available
    • closed to the public; ONLY live-streamed
  • Ashes will be distributed during the first weekend of Lent!
  • Lent is still beginning! Just because we cannot attend in-person Mass, doesn’t mean Lent is postponed!

Ash Sunday”, February 21st 2021

  • Ashes will be distributed during the Weekend Masses of the first Sunday of Lent (regular schedule)
  • No registration required!

This information has been updated on Monday, February 15th, 2021.
Please keep an eye out for any more updates as the weather changes.

Anuncio Parroquial!

¡Consulte los siguientes anuncios para obtener la información más reciente sobre nuestra parroquia para esta semana!

Martes, 16 de febrero del 2021

  • La Oficina Parroquial estara cerrada.
  • La Iglesia estara cerrada.
  • La Misa Diaria de 12:15 pm sera transmitida en vivo
    • si hay los recursos necesarios
    • cerrada al publico; solamente virtual

Miércoles de Ceniza, 17 de febrero del 2021

  • La Oficina Parroquial estara cerrada.
  • La Iglesia estara cerrada.
  • La Misa de Miércoles de Ceniza en Español de 7:00 pm sera transmitida en vivo
    • si hay los recursos necesarios
    • cerrada al publico; solamente virtual
  • Cenizas serán distribuidas el primer domingo de Cuaresma!
  • La Cuaresma empieza aunque no podamos atender en persona a Misa! La Cuaresma no se pospone!

Domingo de Ceniza”, 21 de febrero del 2021

  • Cenizas serán distribuidas durante las Misas de fin de semana de el primer domingo de Cuaresma! (horario regular)
  • No es necesario registrarse!

Esta información fue actualizada el lunes 15 de febrero, 2021.
Por favor manténgase al tanto de cambios debido al tiempo.

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Marriage Weekend

El fin de semana del matrimonio

Just in time for St. Valentines day! Check out a couple of resources to celebrate with your spouse.

Virtual Marriage Retreat

Almighty and eternal God,
You blessed the union of married couples
so that they might reflect the union of Christ
with his Church:
look with kindness on them.
Renew their marriage covenant,
increase your love in them,
and strengthen their bond of peace
so that, with their children,
they may always rejoice in the gift of
your blessing.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

________________________________________________________


¡Justo a tiempo para el día de San Valentín! Consulte algunos recursos para celebrar con su esposo/a.

Retiro Virtual del Matrimonio

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Bishop’s Annual Appeal

Catholic Diocese of Dallas – 2020 Report
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This weekend, January 30-31, is Commitment Weekend which is an opportunity to help the Catholic Diocese of Dallas raise necessary funds through the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Each year, we commit ourselves to reflect on God’s great generosity and respond with a gift of our own that helps bring others into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.

In 2020, the Diocese of Dallas raised $7.4 million dollars throughout all 77 parishes in support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. We are incredibly humbled by your generosity and would like to inform you of the difference you helped make in 2020:

Our Parish Goal of 2020 was $390,000 and our parishioners were able to pledge $336,508. Last year was filled with financial uncertainty for most and we were blessed to have almost reached our goal.

This year, we ask that you open your hearts and consider supporting the Bishop’s Annual Appeal so that we can continue making a difference in our communities.

You can make a pledge or a one-time gift:

  • by filling out an envelope passed out during the weekend masses
  • by calling the Gift Processors at 214-528-2240 or
  • by using the link below.

Donate to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2021.

Campaña Anual del Obispo

Este fin de semana, del 30 al 31 de enero, es el Fin de Semana de Compromiso, que es una oportunidad para ayudar a la Diócesis Católica de Dallas a recaudar los fondos necesarios a través de la Campaña Anual del Obispo. Cada año, nos comprometemos a reflexionar sobre la gran generosidad de Dios y a responder con un don propio que ayuda a que otros se relacionen con Jesucristo y Su Iglesia.

En 2020, la Diócesis de Dallas recaudó $ 7.4 millones de dólares en las 77 parroquias en apoyo de la Campaña Anual del Obispo. Nos sentimos increíblemente honrados por su generosidad y nos gustaría informarle de la diferencia que ayudó a hacer en 2020:

Nuestra meta parroquial de 2020 fue de $ 390,000 y nuestros feligreses pudieron donar $ 336,508. El año pasado estuvo lleno de incertidumbre financiera para la mayoría y tuvimos la suerte de haber casi alcanzado nuestra meta.

Este año, les pedimos que abran sus corazones y consideren apoyar la Campaña Anual del Obispo para que podamos seguir haciendo una diferencia en nuestras comunidades.

Usted puede hacer un compromiso o una donación única:

  • al llenar un sobre distribuido durante las misas de fin de semana
  • al llamar al numero 214-528-2240
  • al usar el enlace enseguida.

Apoye a la Campaña Anual del Obispo.

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Three to Thrive

Checking Your Marital Expectations by Liz Higgins LMFT-S

A date night for the engaged and newly married couples (5 years or less)

Tuesday January 25th at 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall

Join us for what’s sure to be an amazing talk by licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Liz Higgins on Marital Expectations and enjoy a night full of discussion and delicious food. Think of it like a free date night? Who doesn’t enjoy one of those?

Please visit the facebook event here to RSVP.

“The human body includes right from the beginning…the capacity of expressing love, that love in which the person becomes a gift – and by means of this gift – fulfills the meaning of his being and existence.”

Pope Saint John Paul II

We ask that all guests follow safety protocols by wearing a face covering and checking in with our staff for temperature readings.

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Feast of the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Altar and Church of St. Mark

Fiesta de la Solemnidad de la Dedicación
del Altar e Iglesia de San Marcos

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On January 18th, 2021 we celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day. On this date, we also celebrate a special day for our parish.

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dedication of the Altar and Church of St. Mark the Evangelist. Dedication is the act of consecrating an altar, church, or chapel for sacred use. In our altar, the relics of the St. Norbert, St. Verecundus and St. Illuminata are sealed. The Catholic Church regards this feast as the highest rank of celebration, a solemnity.

In honor of this special day, we will hold an in-person bilingual Solemn Vespers Service in our sanctuary on Monday, January 18th at 6:30 PM. The Solemn Vespers Service will also be live-streamed on our website, YouTube channel, and Facebook.

Due to the ongoing pandemic and for everyone’s safety, we will not be holding a reception after the event. Therefore, we ask that you help us commemorate this feast in the safety and comfort of your home. You can do so by sharing a big meal with your loved ones, indulging in a celebratory cake, and talking about life at St. Mark’s.

Hopefully, by next year, we will be able to have a big gathering worthy of this feast.

If you chose to celebrate at home, we would love for you to send us some pictures! You can tag us on social media or you can email pictures to Leslie Rodriguez at lrodriguez@stmarkplano.org.

El 18 de enero de 2021 celebramos el Día de Martin Luther King. En esta fecha, también celebramos un día especial para nuestra parroquia.

Celebramos el 40 aniversario de la Dedicación del Altar e Iglesia de San Marcos Evangelista. La dedicación es el acto de consagrar un altar, iglesia o capilla para uso sagrado. En nuestro altar están selladas las reliquias de San Norberto, San Verecundus y Santa Illuminata. La Iglesia Católica considera esta fiesta como el rango más alto de celebración, una solemnidad.

En honor a este día especial, tendremos un Servicio Bilingüe de Vísperas Solemnes en persona en nuestro santuario el lunes 18 de enero a las 6:30 PM. El Servicio de Vísperas Solemnes también se transmitirá en vivo en nuestro sitio web, canal de YouTube y Facebook.

Debido a la pandemia y por su seguridad, no tendremos una recepción después de el evento. Pero lo invitamos que nos ayude a conmemorar la fiesta en la seguridad y comodidad de su hogar. Puede hacerlo compartiendo una gran comida con sus seres queridos, disfrutando de un pastel y hablando sobre la vida en San Marcos.

Con suerte, para el próximo año, podremos tener una gran reunión digna de esta fiesta.

Si elige celebrar en casa, ¡nos encantaría que nos envíe algunas fotos! Puede compartirlas en las redes sociales o puede enviarlas por correo electrónico a Leslie Rodríguez a lrodriguez@stmarkplano.org.

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Roe Memorial Events

Eventos Conmemorativos Roe

Our Bishop, Reverend Edward Burns, invites you to participate at this weekend’s Roe Memorial Event this Saturday, January 16th, which marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legally allow abortion in our country. This Pro-Life event includes the following itinerary:

  • Prayer (8:30 AM to 9:30 AM)
    • Peaceful prayer outside of the following abortion facilities
    • Planned Parenthood – 7989 W Virginia Dr., Dallas, TX 75237
    • Southwestern Women’s Center – 8616 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75243
  • Procession of Roses (10:15 AM)
    • At the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Downtown Dallas, Texas
  • Roe Memorial Mass (10:30 AM)
    • Celebrated by Bishop Burns at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Downtown Dallas, Texas
    • Mass will be livestreamed on the Cathedral’s YouTube channel.

In addition, we will hold the “Walking with Moms in Need” campaign donation drive. This will take place outside of the Cathedral. (Donations of baby wipes and diapers are highly requested.)

If you are a mom in need of diapers or wipes for your baby, email your baby’s diaper size and your physical address to Carrie Baula at cbaula@mac.com and she will personally ship them to your home.

For more information about the events and COVID-19 health protocols, please visit prolifedallas.org/roe or contact the Catholic Pro-Life Community at 972-267-LIFE(5433).

Nuestro obispo, el reverendo Edward Burns, lo invita a participar en el evento conmemorativo de Roe de este fin de semana este sábado 16 de enero, que marca el aniversario de la decisión de la Corte Suprema de permitir legalmente el aborto en nuestro país. Este evento Pro-Vida incluye el siguiente itinerario:

  • Oración (8:30 AM – 9:30 AM)
    • Oración pacífica afuera de centros de aborto
    • Planned Parenthood – 7989 W. Virginia Dr., Dallas, TX 75237
    • Centro de Mujeres Southwestern – 8616 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75243
  • Procesión de Rosas (10:15 AM)
    • En la Catedral Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe en el centro de Dallas, TX
  • Misa Memorial (10:30 AM)
    • Celebrada por el Obispo Burns en la Catedral Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe en el centro de Dallas, TX
    • La Santa Misa sera transmitida en vivo en YouTube.

Además, se colectaran donaciones para la campaña “Caminando con mamás necesitadas”. Esto tendrá lugar fuera de la Catedral. (Se solicitan donaciones de toallitas húmedas y pañales para bebés).

Si usted es una madre y necesita pañales o toallitas húmedas para su bebé, envíe un correo electrónico con el tamaño del pañal de su bebé y su dirección física a Carrie Baula a cbaula@mac.com y ella los enviará personalmente a su casa.

Para obtener más información sobre los eventos y los protocolos de salud de COVID-19, visite providadedallas.org o comuníquese con la Comunidad Católica Pro-Vida al 972-267-LIFE (5433).