Liturgy and Prayer
“The Eucharist is the summit of God’s saving action: the Lord Jesus, by becoming bread broken for us, pours upon us all of His mercy and His love, so as to renew our hearts, our lives, and our way of relating with Him and with [each other]. It is for this reason that commonly, when we approach this Sacrament, we speak of receiving Communion, of taking Communion: this means that by the power of the Holy Spirit, participation in Holy Communion conforms us in a singular and profound way to Christ.”
- Pope Francis, “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Church’s Life,” Adoremus, February 5, 2014, sec. no. I, accessed April 12, 2016, www.adoremus.org
Sunday MassMass is celebrated every Sunday at 9:30am, 11:30am, and 7:00pm, at St. Mark’s Parish
Weekday MassMass is celebrated Monday to Friday, at 12:10pm, at St. Mark’s Parish.
Please note that this schedule is subject to change. For up-to-date information, please refer to St. Mark’s Parish website: www.stmarksparishvancouver.ca
Choir“'He who sings prays twice’. The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre- eminence is that, as a combination of sacred music and words, it forms a necessary or integral part of solemn liturgy.”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1156.
All are invited to join St. Mark’s Parish Choir, which leads music ministry at daily Mass every Wednesday. For up-to-date information, please refer to St. Mark’s Parish website.
Confession“When you go to Confession, to this fountain of My [God’s] mercy, My heart always flows down upon your soul and ennobles it. Every time you go to Confession, immerse yourself in My [God’s] mercy, with great trust, so that I may pour the bounty of My grace upon your soul. When you approach the confessional, know this, that I [God] Myself am waiting there for you. I am only hidden by the priest, but I Myself act in your soul. Here the misery of the soul meets the God of Mercy.”
- Saint Faustina, “The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: Divine Mercy in My Soul,” Stockbridge, MA: Saint Mary’s Press, 2011, para. 1602. Print.
Confession is available at St. Mark's Parish on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30am-12:00pm.
Eucharistic Adoration“‘The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession.”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 1378; Cf. Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei [On the Holy Eucharist], September 3, 1965, no. 56.
Lectio Divina“Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of great value, but Christian prayer should go further: to the knowledge of the love of the Lord Jesus, to union with Him.”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2708.
Rosary“The Rosary, precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer… By its nature the recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord.”
- Saint Pope John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae [On the Most Holy Rosary], October 16, 2002, no. 13.