Learning about the Priesthood

Date(s) – 11/03/2018
8:30 am – 3:30 pm


On Saturday, November 3, 2018, the Diocese of San Diego is hosting an Explorer Day for those men who are interested in exploring a possible vocation to the priesthood. The event will be held at St. Francis Center on the campus of the University of San Diego from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

If living a life of service for Christ and the    people of God is for you, take  advantage of the opportunity to attend this upcoming Explorer Day.  Pick up an application at your parish      office or call Fr. Lauro Minimo at St. Francis Center at (619) 291-7446.


Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”

The world tells us exactly the opposite: entertainment, pleasure, diversion and escape make for the good life. The worldly person ignores problems of sickness or sorrow in the family or all around him; he averts his gaze. The world has no desire to mourn; it would rather disregard painful situations, cover them up or hide them. Much energy is expended on fleeing from situations of suffering in the belief that reality can be concealed. But the cross can never be absent.

A person who sees things as they truly are and sympathizes with pain and sorrow is capable of touching life’s depths and finding authentic happiness. He or she is consoled, not by the world but by Jesus. Such persons are unafraid to share in the suffering of others; they do not flee from painful situations. They discover the meaning of life by coming to the aid of those who suffer, understanding their anguish and bringing relief. They sense that the other is flesh of our flesh, and are not afraid to draw near, even to touch their wounds. They feel compassion for others in such a way that all distance vanishes. In this way they can embrace Saint Paul’s exhortation: “Weep with those who weep” (Rom 12:15).

Knowing how to mourn with others: that is holiness.                 Gaudete Et Exsultate


Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”

Hunger and thirst are intense experiences, since they involve basic needs and our instinct for survival. There are those who desire justice and yearn for righteousness with similar intensity. Jesus says that they will be satisfied, for sooner or later justice will come. We can cooperate to make that possible, even if we may not always see the fruit of our efforts.

Jesus offers a justice other than that of the world, so often marred by petty interests and        manipulated in various ways. Experience shows how easy it is to become mired in corruption, ensnared in the daily politics of quid pro quo, where everything becomes business. How many people suffer injustice, standing by powerlessly while others divvy up the good things of this life. Some give up fighting for real justice and opt to follow in the train of the winners. This has nothing to do with the hunger and thirst for justice that Jesus praises.

True justice comes about in people’s lives when they themselves are just in their decisions; it is expressed in their pursuit of justice for the poor and the weak. While it is true that the word “justice” can be a synonym for faithfulness to God’s will in every aspect of our life, if we give the word too general a meaning, we forget that it is shown especially in justice towards those who are most vulnerable: “Seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow” (Is 1:17).

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness: that is holiness.         Gaudete Et Exsultate


Knight’s of Columbus Membership Drive

The Knights of Columbus of St. Mark’s will be holding a membership drive October 21 & 22 after the 4:30 pm Saturday mass and the 7:30am, 9am, 10:30 (Mission) 10:45 and 12:30 (Spanish) masses.

SEcond Part of the Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes


“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”

These are strong words in a world that from the beginning has been a place of conflict, disputes and enmity on all sides, where we constantly pigeonhole others on the basis of their ideas, their customs and even their way of speaking or dressing. Ultimately, it is the reign of pride and vanity, where each person thinks he or she has the right to dominate others. Nonetheless, impossible as it may seem, Jesus proposes a different way of doing things: the way of meekness. This is what we see him doing with his disciples. It is what we contemplate on his entrance to Jerusalem: “Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey” (Mt 21:5; Zech 9:9).

Christ says: “Learn from me; for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:29). If we are constantly upset and impatient with others, we will end up drained and weary. But if we regard the faults and limitations of others with tenderness and meekness, without an air of superiority, we can actually help them and stop wasting our energy on useless complaining. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux tells us that “perfect charity consists in putting up with others’ mistakes, and not being scandalized by their faults”.

Paul speaks of meekness as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (cf. Gal 5:23). He suggests that, if a wrongful action of one of our brothers or sisters troubles us, we should try to correct them, but “with a spirit of meekness”, since “you too could be tempted” (Gal6:1). Even when we defend our faith and convictions, we are to do so “with meekness” (cf. 1 Pet 3:16). Our enemies too are to be treated “with meekness” (2 Tim 2:25). In the Church we have often erred by not embracing this demand of God’s word.

Meekness is yet another expression of the interior poverty of those who put their trust in God alone. Indeed, in the Bible the same word – anawim – usually refers both to the poor and to the meek. Someone might object: “If I am that meek, they will think that I am an idiot, a fool or a weakling”. At times they may, but so be it. It is always better to be meek, for then our deepest desires will be fulfilled. The meek “shall inherit the earth”, for they will see God’s promises accomplished in their lives. In every situation, the meek put their hope in the Lord, and those who hope for him shall possess the land… and enjoy the fullness of peace (cf. Ps37:9.11). For his part, the Lord trusts in them: “This is the one to whom I will look, to the humble and contrite in spirit, who trembles at my word” (Is 66:2).

Reacting with meekness and humility: that is holiness.                                                Gaudete Et Exsultate


Bishop Mc Elroy’s Comments and Planned Meetings



Message from Bishop Robert W. McElroy

To the San Diego Catholic Community

The horrific stories coming out of Pennsylvania this week about the abuse of minors by priests are sickening. These are acts which rob the souls and violate the bodies of the innocent in the most brutal way imaginable. Their evil is compounded by the complicity of the leadership of the Church, which magnified abuse in so many instances by placing fear of scandal and a clerical culture above the foundational need to protect minors at all costs.

It doesn’t matter that the events took place in Pennsylvania and not California, it only matters that as many as 1,000 children—maybe more—were raped, abused and brutalized by members of clergy and we, as priests and bishops, didn’t do enough to stop it.

This is a profound moment in the life of the Church.

Below is a letter I sent to every priest, deacon and staff member at the Diocese. I’m sharing this because it’s critically important and because you need to know that any words you hear are being backed-up by action.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 +Bp. McElroy

Click here to read letter:  Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report – Aug 24

Support Group for Separated and Divorced

Support Group for Separated and Divorced  group meets Sundays at 9:15am beginning on Oct 7th at St. Elizabeth Seton perish center in Carlsbad. Call or email Jan Nadler PhD at 760-814-5604 jnadler@gmail.com



The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Ps 34.18)

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast Time is short the music won’t last.


Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You’d better slow down.  Don’t dance so fast

Time is short the music won’t last.

Do you run through each day?

When you ask, “How are you?”  Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down.  Don’t dance so fast

Time is short the music won’t last.

Ever told your child,  we’ll do it tomorrow and in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,  let a good friendship die.

Because you never had time to call and say “Hi”?

You’d better slow down don’t dance so fast

Time is short the music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift…. thrown away…

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

(David L. Weatherford)


Boy Scouts of America

BSA Catholic Committee  on Scouting…  

is inviting all registered BSA to participate in the Catholic Religious Emblem programs.
North County scouts (15-21)and their parents may contact Yoli McGalliard, St. Mark’s parishioner, at 760-525-2996 or yolimcg@yahoo.com for  information on the Pope Pius X11 Emblem program.

Contact Pam Dixon 760-712-2183 for all other BSA emblems for scouts 5-14.