Welcome to St. Mark Parish

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Liturgical Schedule             

 

Weekend Masses: 
Saturday 4 p.m. 
Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Holy Day Masses:
Vigil Mass (Evening Prior) 6 p.m & 9 a.m. on Holy Day


Weekday Masses: 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. 
Wednesday 6 p.m. & 1st Saturday 9 a.m.

Confessions: 
Saturday 3 - 3:45 p.m. 
Wednesday 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Confessions are heard during the Adoration hour)

Pastor's Message

The Gospel reminds us that God’s mercy is a pure gift offered freely to all repentant sinners. No sin, not even mortal sin, is beyond the mercy of God. The Catechism teaches that mortal sin destroys charity and cuts us off from the love of God because we put something or someone before God. It specifies 3 conditions for mortal sin – grave matter, full knowledge, and deliberate consent. A sin against the 10 Commandments is grave matter. Full knowledge means we know that we broke a commandment, and deliberate consent means that we chose to break the commandment knowing it was seriously wrong. The younger son in today’s parable committed a mortal sin. His request to have his inheritance is equivalent to him wishing that his father were dead. He would rather have his share of the money rather than his father’s love. His wish is granted and he leaves with his riches. Soon he spends and loses his wealth and then he becomes aware of his wretched state. He has willingly and knowingly left his father. He has cut himself off from his father’s love and friendship. He is dressed in rags and longing to eat the trash that is fed to pigs. This is the state of our soul when we commit mortal sin. Yet there is hope! His memory of his father’s love and friendship bring him to his senses. He recognizes his grave sin and accepts responsibility for it. He admits that he does not deserve mercy; he knows he is unworthy. He says, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you, I no longer deserve to be called your son treat me as one of your servants.” He has hope and returns in repentance to his Father for forgiveness. What’s the result? He is immediately forgiven, welcomed and restored to his status as his Father’s son with all its rights and privileges. No sin is greater than God’s mercy, all we have to do is repent and come back to God.

Father Dallas

 

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