02-22-15 - St. Mark RC Church



02-22-15 - St. Mark RC Church
St. Mark Church, Cranston, Rhode Island
Saturday, February 21, 2015
4:00pm ~ Dcd. Mbrs. of the Ferriere Family ~ Memorial
Sunday, February 22, 2015
First Sunday of Lent
7:30am ~ The People of St. Mark ~ Pro Populo
9:30am ~ Susan Tardio ~ Memorial
~ Brianna Irene Houle ~ Month’s Mind
11:00am ~ Joseph Rotella ~ 57th Anniversary
Monday, February 23, 2015
Lenten Weekday
8:00am ~ Albert Wilcox ~ Healing Intention
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Lenten Weekday
8:00am ~ Catherine P. Cabral ~3rd Anniversary
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Lenten Weekday
8:00am ~ Hope Carparca ~ Month’s Mind
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Lenten Weekday
8:00am ~ Laura Carpentieri ~ Memorial
Friday, February 27, 2015
Lenten Weekday
8:00am ~ John & James Russo ~ Birthday Memorial
Saturday, February 28, 2015
4:00pm ~ Joseph Broccoli, Sr. ~ 2nd Anniversary
~ Brianna Irene Houle ~ Month’s Mind
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Second Sunday of Lent
7:30am ~ The People of St. Mark ~ Pro Populo
9:30am ~ Barbara Paterra ~ Memorial
~ Matthew T. Duffy, Jr. ~ Birthday Memorial
11:00am ~ Brigida Morry ~ 1st Anniversary
~ Daniel Ryan ~ Birthday Memorial
Contribution Statements
Due to the high costs of bulk mailings, contribution
statements for tax filing purposes for 2014 will be
mailed upon request. If you would like to receive a
statement of your charitable contributions, you may
call the parish office anytime day or night, to leave
your information on the automated system.
The altar candles burn in memory of
Joseph Broccoli, Sr.
The sanctuary lamp burns in memory of
Jerry Colozzi
Altar Bread and Wine Memorials
The gifts of Altar Bread and Altar
Wine can be offered in memory of your
deceased loved ones for a donation of
$25.00 each. The name of the
individual will be published in the parish
bulletin. If you would like to book
one of these or other memorials such
as altar candles, sanctuary lamps, or
memorial Masses, call Michelle Ferri
at the Parish Office.
Cenacle Prayer Group
Please join us on Wednesday
evenings, 6:30-8:30pm in the
Mother Cabrini Parish Center. The
prayer group prays the Rosary, the Divine Mercy
Chaplet, and engages in faith sharing discussions.
For information call Joan Sanzi at 943-2449.
Due to the recent inclement weather, the
Offertory Collection was significantly low, as can
be seen in the Stewardship Report. We ask all
those who did not attend Mass to please
remember to make-up your weekly contribution.
Your generous donations enable the parish to
function on a day-to-day basis and are crucial,
especially at this time of year. We thank you for
your continued support of St. Mark Church.
Collections for the weekend of February 15, 2015
Utility Collection
Poor Box
Thank you for your generous support!
First Sunday of Lent ~ February 22, 2015
Sunday, February 22 (Grades 8-10)
Tuesday, February 24 (Grades 1-3)
Thursday, February 26 (Grades 4-7)
Please be sure to take care of any outstanding issues
with the Religious Education Office including:
 Outstanding Balances
 Missing Baptism, First Communion, and Sponsor
 Saint Name and Report
 Community Service Project Forms and Report
Also, please remember that excessive absences from
Religious Education Classes and Mass may result in
having to repeat a grade.
Forms and updates are being posted to the parish
website at www.stmarkri.org and the Religious
Education Facebook Page. Visit the Religious
Education News page on the website for information.
If you did not receive an invitation to join the private
Religious Education Facebook group please email me
at [email protected]
God Bless,
Reneé Brissette
Religious Education Coordinator
Winter Weather Advisory
Please keep in mind that if there
is a cancelation of Mass,
Religious Education classes, or a
change in office hours it will be
announced on the Rhode Island
Broadcasters Association
Cancelation System. Go to
www.stmarkri.org for a link to
the system. Updates will also be recorded on the
parish phone system.
Did you know that only 17% of Catholics actually
go to Mass each weekend and that this number has been
on the decline for many years? Did you also know that
32% of people who attend Christmas and Easter Masses
only come to church once or twice a year? As your pastor,
I believe that this is an opportunity our parish cannot
afford to turn away from any longer, and that the time has
come to do something to help re-engage those who have
fallen away from the practice of the Catholic Faith.
During the upcoming Easter season I am
implementing a bold and innovative program that will help
evangelize both engaged and disengaged Catholics in our
parish. In coordination with an organization called
“Dynamic Catholic,” a free Catholic book will be given to
each and every parishioner who attends Mass on the
weekend of Easter Sunday.
Recent studies have shown that parishioners who
read Catholic books on a regular basis are three times
more likely to volunteer their time at their parish. These
parishioners also financially contribute four times more
than those who are less engaged with their faith.
To make this program a reality, I am asking for
your help. Would you be interested in being an integral
part of this innovative parish evangelization program?
Please fill out the form below and place your contribution
into next weekend’s collection or mail it to the parish.
A list of the names of donors who give $100.00 or
more to this program will be inserted into each book we
give out and the names will also be published in the
bulletin, unless you would like to remain anonymous.
Donations in memory of a deceased loved one are also
Thank you for taking the time to consider helping
me make this bold and ambitious program a reality and a
In Christ,
Fr. Verdelotti
Name: _____________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________
City: __________________________ State: ____ Zip: _______
Phone #: ______________________
In Memory of: _______________________________________
Amount Donated: _____________ Check #: _______ Cash: ___
St. Mark Church, Cranston, Rhode Island
Friday, February 27th
7:00pm in the
Mother Cabrini Parish Center
“An Instant Classic!” – Thelma Adams, US Weekly
“One of the Best Movies of the Year.”
– Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV
Our parish will host a Blood Drive
on behalf of the Rhode Island Blood Center
Sunday, March 8, 2015
from 8:00AM to 12:30PM
on the Bloodmobile.
The goal of the RI Blood Center is to collect
240 pints of blood daily to meet the needs of
patients who are recovering from illness and injury.
Please help them achieve their goal by giving
the Gift of Life – a blood donation.
For eligibility or medical questions call 453-8307.
Visit www.ribc.org or call 453-8383 to make an
appointment, using Sponsor Code 0821.
MPAA Rating: PG-13, for thematic material
Guide age recommendation: 12+
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 137 minutes
Help is Available
No Rhode Islander should be forced to
endure frigid temperatures during the
winter months. If you know of someone
who could benefit from “Keep the Heat
On,” please encourage them to call 421-7833, email
[email protected], or visit www.heatri.com.
Neil Sadaka at Mohegan Sun
Join us on Tuesday, April 21st for a
trip to Mohegan Sun to see Neil
Sadaka! The trip includes: bus fare,
buffet, show, etc. For more
information call Dolly at 942-2137.
For my Eagle Project I had chosen to
collect hats, scarfs, and gloves to go to
St. John the Baptist Church for people in
need. I had called upon St. Mark
parishioners to assist me with this
endeavor and you answered. I am happy
to announce that the donations were overwhelming! The
total collected were: 134 hats, 100 scarfs, and 173 gloves!
This was more than I had hoped for! I felt that this was a
huge success and know that Saint John the Baptist Church
was very happy receiving these items. Your kindness and
generosity were greatly appreciated. Thank you all for
making someone’s life a little better because you cared
and for coming together as a parish to make this happen!
God Bless. – Zachery Zeoli
Sponsor certificate requests
If you are 18 years of age or older, you must be
registered with the Parish as an adult and be
Confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church. If you are
married, your marriage must be recognized by the
Roman Catholic Church. This is especially
important if you are asked to be a Godparent for
Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation. It takes 6
months of attending Mass regularly to be eligible.
First Sunday of Lent ~ February 22, 2015
Suggested Lenten Actions
Catholic Charity Appeal and Operation Rice Bowl
Consider fasting and giving the money to the poor.
Rice bowls are available at the doors of the church.
Stations of the Cross
Every Friday of Lent at 6:00pm
Daily Mass
Monday-Friday at 8:00am
Every Saturday from 3:00pm to 3:30pm
The Diocese of Providence will begin its Catholic Charity
Appeal, an annual fundraising initiative that provides
crucial assistance to numerous ministries across the
diocese. These ministries provide for the physical,
educational, and spiritual needs of thousands of Rhode
Islanders. Some examples include: offering grants for
seminarian education, assistance for students attending
Catholic high schools, as well as support for seniors
citizens and programs to help the homeless.
Our first in-pew solicitation will be next weekend,
February 28th & March 1st. The second in-pew
solicitation will be the following weekend March 7th &
8th for those who missed the fir st one. Many of our
parishioners will be receiving a mailing from Bishop
Tobin asking for your support of the 2015 Appeal. Please
be assured that St. Mark Church will receive credit
for any gift that you make through the mail.
Every Friday
of Lent
at 6:00pm
The season of Lent began on Ash Wednesday and all
members of the Catholic Church should be aware of
the following:
Abstinence from meat every Friday of Lent, for
those 14 and older, is required by Church law.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are fast days:
those between the ages of 18 and 59 should eat less;
that is, taking no solid food between meals and only
one full meal that day. Serious health conditions
excuse a person from these regulations.
Following the implementation of the revised Code of
Canon Law on Nov. 27, 1983, the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops determined that the
rules of fast and abstinence which have existed for
the last several years in this country be maintained;
namely, that the faithful observe suitable penitential
practices on all Fridays throughout the year. These
penitential practices need not include abstaining
from meat. However, as indicated above, the faithful
must not eat meat on all the Fridays of Lent as well
as Ash Wednesday. They must also observe
faithfully the fast regulations as they have been
stated above in accord with the universal law of the
(Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1250-1252)
Sacraments for the Homebound
When someone who has attended Mass their entire lives
can no longer participate in Sunday worship, it is very
important that we as the Church bring the Eucharist to
them. Sr. Angelina and our Extraordinary Ministers of
Holy Communion visit the sick and homebound members
of our parish. If you, or someone you know, who is a
member of our parish needs to be ministered to, please
contact Sr. Angelina at 942-1616.

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