Eagle Scout Court of Honor

Eagle Scout Court of Honor


Congratulations to parishioner, Marc McGalliard for earning the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 722!   




We were able assist over 55 families with food and turkeys for Thanksgiving!   

We are continuing this annual effort for Christmas.


Items in need: Cake Mixes, Yams, Canned Fruit, Gravy, Potatoes, Stuffing, Canned Corn, Chicken Broth, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Pancake Mix.



Fiesta Proceeds


Now that all the bills have been paid, we have our final numbers for Fiesta. Thank you to all who volunteered in the booths and all who attended the Fiesta. 


We are happy to report that the final proceeds of Fiesta 2018 is…$80,000!!


We look forward to another successful Fiesta 2019 …July 19, 20, 21!!


“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”


“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”


Jesus himself warns us that the path he proposes goes against the flow, even making us challenge society by the way we live and, as a result, becoming a nuisance. He reminds us how many people have been, and still are, persecuted simply because they struggle for justice, because they take seriously their commitment to God and to others. Unless we wish to sink into an obscure mediocrity, let us not long for an easy life, for “whoever would save his life will lose it” (Mt 16:25).

In living the Gospel, we cannot expect that everything will be easy, for the thirst for power and worldly interests often stands in our way. Saint John Paul II noted that “a society is alienated if its forms of social organization, production and consumption make it more difficult to offer this gift of self and to establish this solidarity between people”. In such a society, politics, mass communications and economic, cultural and even religious institutions become so entangled as to become an obstacle to authentic human and social development. As a result, the Beatitudes are not easy to live out; any attempt to do so will be viewed negatively, regarded with suspicion, and met with ridicule.

Whatever weariness and pain we may experience in living the commandment of love and following the way of justice, the cross remains the source of our growth and sanctification. We must never forget that when the New Testament tells us that we will have to endure suffering for the Gospel’s sake, it speaks precisely of persecution (cf. Acts 5:41; Phil 1:29; Col 1:24; 2 Tim 1:12; 1 Pet 2:20, 4:14-16; Rev 2:10).

Here we are speaking about inevitable persecution, not the kind of persecution we might bring upon ourselves by our mistreatment of others. The saints are not odd and aloof, unbearable because of their vanity, negativity and bitterness. The Apostles of Christ were not like that. The Book of Acts states repeatedly that they enjoyed favour “with all the people” (2:47; cf. 4:21.33; 5:13), even as some authorities harassed and persecuted them (cf. 4:1-3, 5:17-18).

Persecutions are not a reality of the past, for today too we experience them, whether by the shedding of blood, as is the case with so many contemporary martyrs, or by more subtle means, by slander and lies. Jesus calls us blessed when people “utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account” (Mt 5:11). At other times, persecution can take the form of gibes that try to caricature our faith and make us seem ridiculous.


Accepting daily the path of the Gospel, even though it may cause us problems: that is holiness.


Stop by the St. Mark’s Gift Shop


The St. Mark’s Gift Shop  Our St. Mark’s Gift Shop is stocked with wonderful gift ideas and memorable items for Advent and Christmas.

The gift shop has wonderful books, cards and statues and much more.  During Advent the gift shop is stocked with Advent Calendars, Candles and Wreaths.  

The gift shop is open 15 minutes before and after all Sunday morning Masses and before and after the 4:30pm Mass on Saturdays.


Blood Drive Update

Thank you for the support for such a good blood drive!

We collected 39 units and that helped 117 people with the blood products they will need.


Greeting from Africa


Dear friends at St. Mark’s,

I am writing to wish you a Merry Christmas and to express my gratitude to all of you: The Pastor, Associate Pastors, Deacons and all of you our friends for the fruitful weekend we had at your Church.  It was my joy to meet all of you, talk to all of you and share the mighty deeds that God has made us achieve at Mary and Joseph Centre – Coloma Primary School.  

In case you did not have a chance to look at the display board, here I send a small version of it.  Thank you for your donations that contributed to achieving this:


May God continue to shower his blessings upon you. I promise you our continued prayers. Again, Merry Christmas to you all because without Jesus, we would never have known you!

With  grateful hearts,



Sr. Pascazia Kinkuhaire, DMJ and Sr. Teresa Groth

FMJ En Afrique, 5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275         

A Celebration of Faith in Action- This Year Award was given to Edith Lawrence

Catholic Charities for the Diocese of San Diego exists to exemplify the scriptural values of mercy and hospitality by Witnessing the gospel message contained in “Matthew 25”  to advocate for a just society by Calling individuals and institutions to action on behalf of the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized;  and to acknowledge the sacredness of the human person by Accompanying those we serve on their journey toward achieving their full potential as persons created in the image and likeness of God.

Congratulations to Edith Lawrence is a very active member of St. Mark’s Parish in San Marcos.  In addition to being active in many parish groups, liturgical ministries and daily Mass, Edith’s deep faith is expressed in social ministries.  She leads a weekly group of sandwich makers for the local homeless shelter is involved with the parish food pantry, the Thanksgiving Baskets and adopts a family  at Christmas.  She quietly and adopts a family at Christmas.  She quietly and secretly often helps needy families, seniors and sick.  Edith lives and is a witness of Matthew 25.

Matthew 25 Award

Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”

This Beatitude speaks of those whose hearts are simple, pure and undefiled, for a heart capable of love admits nothing that might harm, weaken or endanger that love. The Bible uses the heart to describe our real intentions, the things we truly seek and desire, apart from all appearances. “Man sees the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart” (1Sam 16:7). God wants to speak to our hearts (cf. Hos 2:16); there he desires to write his law (cf. Jer 31:33). In a word, he wants to give us a new heart (cf. Ezek36:26).

“Guard your heart with all vigilance” (Prov 4:23). Nothing stained by falsehood has any real worth in the Lord’s eyes. He “flees from deceit, and rises and departs from foolish thoughts” (Wis 1:5). The Father, “who sees in secret” (Mt 6:6), recognizes what is impure and insincere, mere display or appearance, as does the Son, who knows “what is in man” (cf. Jn 2:25).

Certainly there can be no love without works of love, but this Beatitude reminds us that the Lord expects a commitment to our brothers and sisters that comes from the heart. For “if I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have no love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor 13:3). In Matthew’s Gospel too, we see that what proceeds from the heart is what defiles a person (cf. 15:18), for from the heart come murder, theft, false witness, and other evil deeds (cf. 15:19). From the heart’s intentions come the desires and the deepest decisions that determine our actions.

A heart that loves God and neighbour (cf. Mt 22:36-40), genuinely and not merely in words, is a pure heart; it can see God. In his hymn to charity, Saint Paul says that “now we see in a mirror, dimly” (1 Cor 13:12), but to the extent that truth and love prevail, we will then be able to see “face to face”. Jesus promises that those who are pure in heart “will see God”.

Keeping a heart free of all that tarnishes love: that is holiness.


Ongoing Weekly Series – A Reflection on the Beatitudes

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy”

Mercy has two aspects. It involves giving, helping and serving others, but it also includes    forgiveness and understanding. Matthew sums it up in one golden rule: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you” (7:12). The Catechism reminds us that this law is to be applied “in every case”, especially when we are “confronted by situations that make moral judgments less assured and decision difficult”.

Giving and forgiving means reproducing in our lives some small measure of God’s perfection, which gives and forgives superabundantly. For this reason, in the Gospel of Luke we do not hear the words, “Be perfect” (Mt 5:48), but rather, “Be merciful, even as your Father is       merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you” (6:36-38). Luke then adds something not to be overlooked: “The measure you give will be the measure you get back” (6:38). The yardstick we use for understanding and forgiving others will measure the forgiveness we receive. The yardstick we use for giving will measure what we receive.         We should never forget this.

Jesus does not say, “Blessed are those who plot revenge”. He calls “blessed” those who       forgive and do so “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22). We need to think of ourselves as an army of the forgiven. All of us have been looked upon with divine compassion. If we approach the Lord with sincerity and listen carefully, there may well be times when we hear his reproach: “Should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?” (Mt 18:33).

Seeing and acting with mercy: that is holiness.