Welcome to St. Mark's Website!

We are located in San Marcos, California. We are a Roman Catholic faith community just north of San Diego. Please explore our website.  Here you'll find information about our parish, its History and its many activities offered to enrich the lives of people of all ages.  Be sure to check out our schedules for Mass, confessions, spiritual programs and social gatherings for young and old. You'll also find a directory of our Parish staff.  The staff will be happy to help you with your questions and /or arrange a time to meet with you. 
We encourage you to sign up for our E-Mail Newsletter (sign up at lower left of the page) so you can be notified of opportunities in our parish, receive updates and notices on upcoming events and more!

"Come and see"  John 1:39

Advent Penance Service Print

Mon. Dec. 15:  Penance Service at 6:30 p.m.  More than 2reconciliationw.jpg5 priests will be available for confessions.  This is the most appropriate sacramental way to “prepare the way of the Lord.”  (cf. Mark 1:1-3)

 
Cleaning of the Church and Mission Church Print

cleaning_supplies_with_bucket.jpgCOME ONE!  COME ALL!  It is time to polish the brass and shine up glass.  Just like anu house as we enter the holiday seasons we work to make our homes a welcome clean place for our parish.  Many hands make the work morre fun and go a lot faster. 

Join us on Tuesday, Dec, 16, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass and cleaning at the Mission Church is Wed., Dewc. 17, at 9:00 a.m.to help us Clean up God's House.  We have the supplies we just need stewards who can help.  

 
Covenantal Family Ministries Invites the Family for a Day to Remember! Print

"The Reason for the Season"

This is a great opportunity to set aside the rush or Christmas and spend some quality time with your family.  No mater if you are one or twenty we invite you to be part of this pre- holiday gathering for time together in activity and faith!

Saturday, December 20 at 1:45 p.m.

We will supply the goodies and the projects.

 

The Real Reason for the Season: Jesus

 

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:11, 14).

Christmas is a time that has been set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus; however, the true meaning of Christmas is often lost in the holiday shuffle. People get caught up in who can afford such-and-such gift or who can throw the best party—and they forget to give of themselves. God’s intense love for us prompted Him to give His Son, the greatest gift ever given, that we may enjoy an abundant, God-kind of life. As Believers, we must shift our focus from decorating and shopping, and instead place it on the season’s true meaning by sharing the gift of Jesus with others.

Jesus said all men would know we are His disciples by observing the love we show each other. Listed below are ways to help your family, friends, and co-workers regain perspective on the season and reach out to others in love.

1. Make Jesus’ birth the focus of your family’s holiday celebration. Before you open a present or bite into a turkey leg, sit down with your family and read the account of Jesus’ birth in Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:1-12, and Luke 2:1-20. Let this be the foundation for everything you do during this season. You could even make a birthday cake for Jesus!

2. Celebrate the Savior’s birth by attending Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services at your local church.

3. Give the gift of song and spread joy to others by caroling in your neighborhood, local hospitals, orphanages and nursing homes. A variation to this idea might be to bake cookies for those who are ill or shut-in and deliver your holiday cheer in person!

4. Instill the “it’s better to give than to receive” attitude into your children by volunteering at homeless shelters.

5. Take the spirit of giving to another level by serving your community. Get involved in food drives by putting together gift baskets of food for families in need. Collect new coats, clothes and shoes for these families as well.

6. Fulfill a child’s Christmas wish by delivering donated toys to children’s hospitals (Matthew 19:14).

All these activities can make Christmas a significant time for you, your family and those who may not otherwise experience the love of God throughout the year. If you find these programs are not available in your community, sponsor them yourself with the aid of other Christians. Remember, the holiday season is not the only time people are in need. Show love and be a giver all year long so the world may know you are a true disciple of our Savior, Jesus Christ!

Want to hear more.........  See you Saturday the 20th of December in JPII Center.

 
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Print

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Fri., December 12:   The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of the Americas:  This celebration commemorates the appearance of Mary to the peasant Juan Diego in 1531 and the miraculous apparition of her image on his cloak.  Our Feast Day celebration with mañanitas began at 4:00 a.m.  Masses were then celebrated at 7:00 & 8:00 a.m. in English.  The highlight of the feast with a candle light  rosary procession at 6:30 p.m. which was followed by a Mass 7:00 p.m. in Spanish.  A reception with entertainment in Healy Hall followed the Mass. 

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Advent Wreath Print

Maybe the most familiar and universal symbol of this beautiful truth is the Advent wreath with its four candles, which Christians have been using for more than 1000 years. A bit of info on the wreath.

Its circular shape gives it… no beginning or end - perfectly symbolizing the eternity of God and his love, and the everlasting life that Christ wants to give all of us.

The different types of branches traditionally used in Advent wreaths are all from evergreen trees, trees that remain green even during the coldest, darkest days of winter.

They remind us that Christ's love remains fresh and strong, even in life's most difficult moments - he never abandons us.

Traditional wreaths include laurel and holly branches.

The laurel branch was an ancient symbol of victory; it reminds us that on the first Christmas, Christ came to bring victory over sin and Satan.

The holly branches are bordered with small, prickly edges, reminding us of Christ's crown of thorns, of the suffering by which he won his victory over sin and evil.

The four candles represent the four weeks of Advent.

Their light represents Christ himself, who is the light of the world: his Word shows us how we should live, and his love, expressed especially in the Eucharist, fills our hearts with comfort, like the warmth of a super natural fire.

We light advent_wreath_blessings_2012.jpgthe candles gradually throughout Advent, because we know that the joy of salvation- doesn't come fully into our lives all at once.

Rather, life as a Christian - is a journey, a relationship with Jesus that has to be constantly renewed, just as a new candle is lit each week.

If we are faithful to this friendship, and don't abandon our journey, the fullness of joy will eventually be ours.

Christ has promised us all of this, and he wants us to rejoice in these promises.

 

 

 

 
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