Our Building Fund!

Building Fund Update!!

When the construction of our Master Plan began, our parish debt was 1.68 million dollars. We are pleased to announce that as of the end of this month, our debt with
the Diocese of San Diego is down to approximately $368,000!!
Thank you, the parishioners of St. Mark’s, for your ongoing and faithful support of the Lord’s work in our midst!

Retirement Reception Honoring Father George

Retirement Reception Honoring Father George

Many gathered in Healy Hall to celebrate Father George’s 18 years of dedicated service and leadership to the people of St. Mark’s, on June 25th from 11 – 3 p.m.

To view photos of Father’s time at St. Mark’s and the reception click on the links below:

Father George’s Retirement Reception

Father George Farewell Gathering Photos

Past photos of Father George

Past photos of Father George Folder 2

Past photos of Father George Folder 3

Father George Photos Folder 4

Father George Dedication

Photos over the years

Some 18yrs ago, that former seminarian, now a priest for 28yrs, was lead to the parish community of St. Mark’s in San Marcos, CA and appointed to be its Pastor.  St. Ignatius of Loyola teaches that the peace that surpasses all understanding and each one of us very much wants to have in his heart, comes from being who God wants us to be and doing what God wants us to do when and where God wants us to do it.

During these past 18+ years, I have never doubted that God wanted me to be at St. Mark’s and so my heart has been blessed with the peace of which St. Ignatius speaks.  During these years together, you and I have experienced several popes, several presidents and 3 Bishops.  Together, we have embraced some wonderful undertakings – – among the highlights of which have been the  construction of our Saint JPII Catechetical Center and the renovation of our main church. We have also had many sacramental interactions some of which the statistics show elsewhere in this bulletin.
What an awesome blessing!

I have also been deeply moved by the many retreats that we have had over the years and the deep conversion experiences that have come about. Our dinner dances and annual Gran Fiesta have given us much joy and left us all for the better as a result of our participation in them. I cannot be more grateful than to have had the opportunity to work with such deeply committed disciples such as those that we have on our current parish staff. I am also personally indebted to the leaders of our countless parish groups and to our ministry volunteers in both of our churches.

What is the priesthood? Because it so deeply involves the mystery of love – – of God and of one another, the priesthood defies any simple description. Permit me to quote from the 1993 Holy Thursday Letter of Pope JPII to all the priests of the church.DSC06015---Copy-web

Dear brothers, after the Apostles we have received this ineffable gift so that we may me ministers of Christ’s going forth by way of the cross and, at the same time, of his coming in the Eucharist. How wonderful this holy triduum is for us! How wonderful for us is this day-the day of the Last Supper! We are ministers of the mystery of the redemption of the world, ministers of the body which was offered and of the blood which was shed so that sins might be forgiven.

You will honor me to the extent that you continue to strive to grow in your common life of faith, hope and love. You will honor me by the warm welcome you give to my successor, Fr. Bruce. Please give him the same generous support that you have given to me. May our Lord continue to bless the abundant work of grace He has begun in this cherished corner of His vineyard that is called, St. Mark’s.DSC_4005-web

Much love in the Lord,

Fr. George Dunkley

Thank you from our Gran Fiesta Winner

Dear Fiesta Committee,

 First I wish to offer my thanks to St. Mark’s Parish for the generous raffle prizes given at the time of the Annual Gran Fiestas.

Having one of my tickets drawn as the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Festival was indeed a big surprise, one for which I feel blessed.

May God bless all the parish members working and offering their talent each year toward the success of the Fiesta.


Celeste Baker


What is Happening Outside the Church?

Grotto CommitteeThis project has been completed and constructed by fellow parishioners.  The love, dedication, talent and time is just testament to the “STEWARDSHIP” of our members.  Thank you to everyone who helped make the project possible, with their financial support and their labors of love.

Preparing the Grotto and the Blessing of the Shrine
The statue of Our Blessed Mother was blessed  by Father George on  Sunday, June 26th 

Blessed Mother Shrine

Shrine to Our Blessed Mother
Many parishioners will remember the beautiful shrine that we had to our Blessed Mother located in
the back corner of our parish property. It was a favorite place for parishioners and non- parishioners alike to pray and to linger in a peaceful, spiritual setting.

As we began the first phase of our Master Plan, the shrine had to be dismantled in order to provide a smooth flow of traffic around our new St. John Paul II Catechetical Center.
We are pleased to announce that a new location for the statue of Our Lady has at last been found.
As you may have noticed, the construction of a new grotto area began a few months ago. Located in the intersection of the music side of the church with the main seating area, it is now on the verge of completion.

Many parishioners will remember that prior to the construction of our John Paul II Catechetical Center, there was a shrine to our blessed mother located on the back corner of our parish property.

Our Master Plan construction necessitated the dismantling of the shrine. We are happy to announce that a new location for the statue has been established.

The site located near the “music side” of the church is now being prepared. The photo below shows that the project is underway. We will let all parishioners know when the construction/installation is complete.

We look forward to the time that we will bless the statue in its new location.


Our Marian Shrine is finally going to be placed in the area outside the east entrance of the church.  With the generosity of stewards of our church we have now poured the concrete and will be adding the finishing touches in the next couple of weeks.

Look for more photos and updates in the next coming days.

The statue has been repaired and restored:  Here is the information of the repairs that has given Our Lady of Fatima statue the needed facelift to it’s state of beauty.

Process used for Of Lady of Fatima statue.
Start first with the Crown.
I have always, over 60 years, used the Mona Liza brand of products for Gold and Silver leafing of projects.
First I removed the crown, cut away the excess glues that had been used for repairs in the past, sanded the head area and did some “fill” work on it then painted it with high quality acrylic paints used for outside projects. I also cleaned the entire statue prior to any paints and finishes being applied.
With the crown removed I was able to then thoroughly clean the metal, remove the “jewels” that were still there, many were missing and those that remained were “faded” due to being glass products.
With those steps completed I applied a base paint that is Tole Red, two coats of that were done with a day wait in between for complete drying. Then another day before applying the adhesive that remains tacky for 24 hours so you can apply the gold leaf sheets. These sheets are 5.5″ x 5’5″ each and extremely thin. They are 23K gold for each sheet. I actually pick them up using a sable brush that I create static electricity on so the sheet lifts up, stays on the brush until I place it on the object.. Once the outside and inside of the crown was completely covered with gold leaf I then “burnished” the whole crown with a stiff brush to get all of the metal covered and odd pieces of excess leaf brushed off. After completing this process a coat of sealer was added inside and out, then an antique glaze again inside and out. Final touch was 3 coats of an outdoor use acrylic sealer. Then I added back the jewels which I have replaced with Swarovski Crystals. I used these as they are clear with no color and should maintain the clarity and shine of jewels.
I then went back to work on the statue. Having completed repairs I applied 3 coats of Satin Acrylic paint used for outdoors. Drying between each coat for about a day each time.
When attaching crown and other repairs, I used E6000 Permanent Adhesive for outdoor projects and can be used on all types of wood, concrete, plastic, plaster,etc. Again this is something I have researched over the years for my own projects and it is easy to work with and has excellent results.
FYI… There is a “cut” around the wrist area of the right arm. There is a “pin” bent on the top that appears to be holding it in place. That was created when designed so the right hand can be removed and packed separately for shipping. I found a slight shadow of paint in that area that led me to believe there may have been a large Rosary hanging on that arm at one time. The “pin” could have had a dual purpose by slipping through one of the chain links in the rosary to hold it in place.
Hope this clarifies your questions regarding what was used in the repairs.
Marilyn Lee Willour

Update on Fiesta 2016

Winner ca

Grand Prize Winner of #22,222.22  Celeste Baker

Other Cash Prize Winners Are……

Ana Espinoza

Martin Esrella

Kaye Woods

Michael Abbate

Stephanie Killion

Manuel Mosqueda


Our 1st $250.00 Early Bird Raffle Winners were

Melissa Nguyen

Diego de La Torre

Bill and Elaine Pew

Toyota Camry!! -Sold at Fiesta!
Our parish car, originally buy cialis ed online purchased by our former Pastor, Msgr. Thomas
Healy is a silver 4-door Toyota Camry and is a 1992 model.
The Camry was sold to the highest bidder, Benito Escobedo who had the highest bid at $3,050!
Thank you to all who participated!




Photos of our Baccalaureate Mass

June 2………..Baccalaureate Mass

Photos of our Baccalaureate Mass

Class of 2016

Many graduating seniors, and their families and friends gathered Thursday, June 2nd at 7pm to celebrate with the community their graduation.
“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”  – St. Pope John Paul II



St. Mark’s Library

Have yparish_libraryou stopped by our library?

Our Parish Library collection has grown to over 1000 books, DVDs, CDs, and Scripture Study kits. With the help of volunteers the library is open on Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 5:30 p.m. We’re open to suggestions for alternate days or hours.

The link to the library catalog is on the parish web site by looking under Ministries & Organizations, then English Ministries.   https://www.stmarkscatholicchurch.org/ministries/english-ministries/parish-library/

You can search by title, author, subject, publisher, or keyword. Experiment with it. Or stop in the library and we’ll show you how to use it.

The library will be open during the afternoons of the Fiesta weekend. Stop by to browse the Sale Table of duplicate books. The price is right! Take this opportunity to return any books you’ve checked out. Some of them are long overdue. We never charge fines. Bring them back and try another.