Grow in Christ at Home

Grow in Christ at Home with your Family

Dear Saint Mark Parish Family,

            We all know that these are difficult, trying times that we are going through right now. Many of us are worried about family and friends, financial concerns, our children, the economy, etc. One thing that we do know and take comfort in, is that God is in charge. He already knows the outcome of all of this, and He has our well-being always at the forefront of His mind (Jeremiah 29:11).

            As a parish staff, we want you to know that even while we may not be physically present in the office, we are still here for you. We are here in any way that you need us, and we want to be able to support you in this uncertain time.

            We have put together resources that you can find below on how to stay connected and grow in your faith from your home and with your families. We encourage you to check them out and to also let us know if there is something that you need that we can find for you or help you with.

            The priests and the staff of Saint Mark are constantly in prayer for you and hope that you will reach out with anything that we can do for you. Know that the Lord is always with us, wherever we may be, and He is offering His love and His peace. May we turn to Him with all of our hearts.

Theresa Benson
Director of Religious Education
St. Mark Catholic Church

Dear Parish Family,

God's peace be with you during this difficult time. I know many of you are suffering from fear and anxiety amidst the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic repercussions it has caused. One of the great sadnesses for me personally is being separated from you - my flock - during this societal lockdown. Not being able to fully care for your spiritual needs leaves us, priests, feeling empty and anxious.

Thankfully, a small blessing has found its way to our parish. TAN Books, a Catholic publisher based in North Carolina and someone we have done business with in the past, has graciously offered to supply us with a host of books covering various spiritual topics, and perfect to keep your Faith strong and engaged during this difficult time, all at a discounted rate of 30% off.

Additionally, 30% of all sales from our parish will be sent back to us as a donation.

Simply go to their website,, and use the code MARK28078 at checkout to receive the discount. This is a great way to make a donation to our parish and receive something of great spiritual value in return. 

Here are some of the books and topics recommended during this time.
Brideshead Revisited by Waugh
Mere Christianity by Lewis
Father Elijah by Michael O’Brien
Be Healed by Bob Schuchts
Intro to Devout Life DeSales
The Abbess of Andalusia by Murray
Old Thunder by Pearce

Blessings, Father John

The Creative Cloiser: Exploring the Artistic Roots of our Catholic Faith While Sheltering in Place: Crafts, coloring pages, and activities for families while at home.

Ascension LIVE: Jeff Cavins' Bible in a Month:  Visit their Facebook page to watch live on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm.

The Thomistic Institute exists to promote Catholic truth in our contemporary world by strengthening the intellectual formation of Christians at universities, in the Church, and in the wider public square. The thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Universal Doctor of the Church, is our touchstone.  The TI is an academic institute of the Pontifical Faculty of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.  Visit - Formed offers a wide variety of resources to Catholics, and is one of the leading online platforms for growing in knowledge and love of Jesus and the Catholic Church. Members of the parish may create an account that is linked to the parish using our unique parish code.  Visit to access this information.  You can also access this as an app on your phone. Thousands of Catholic video-based study programs, movies, documentaries, audio talks and audio books. Adult and children options! St. Mark code: a237c6

Begin today with FORMED Live: Virtual Bible Study Today at 2pm EDT! (3/19/20)

Articles and Podcasts by Edward Sri, theologian, author, and well-know Catholic speaker.

Hallow Prayer App: For Christian meditation and contemplative prayer. Uses short, guided meditations that can be used anywhere, anytime of day.

Laudate App: Available in English and Spanish, this app includes the Daily Mass Readings, Liturgy of the Hours, the Bible, interactive Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, and hundreds of prayers.

Ascension Presents Channel on YouTube: Many different Catholic topics and answers.

Our Catholic Prayers Online:

Try morning prayer :

Angelus at noon:

3: 00 Prayer: or

Evening Prayer:

Live Adoration:

Catholic Kid Videos:  

FREE Catholic Books:


Saint Mark Life Teen is continuing to reach out to our high school youth daily.  Primarily through our Instagram @stmarkncyouth, we are interacting with prayer requests, scripture reflections, Q&As, conversation topics, saint-of-the-day stories and more! Follow us there and sign up for REMIND messages by texting @stmarklt2 to 81010.

Starting this Sunday, and every Sunday night unless noted otherwise, Life Teen will be participating in a VIRTUAL Youth Ministry night.  Log in at 7:55PM Sunday Night  at to see the live ministry night.  St. Mark Life Teen Core Team members and teens will have a BEFORE and AFTER Zoom video chat. 7:15-7:45 and again 9PM-9:30ish.  Please reach out to to receive the links to the zoom invite!  Detailed instructions and invites will go out the weekend of the Virtual Nights.

We are always looking for more ways to reach, connect with, encourage, and pray for our teens!  Feel free to reach out via Instagram or email with suggestions and topic requests.We will continue to update social media, email, and the parish website with more content as we generate and schedule it.  For now, join us daily on social media and weekly on group chat to be encouraged and continue to grow together in Christ's love! 

Your Youth Ministry team, Core Members, priests and parish family constantly praying for you!


Edge @ A Distance
Edge students will receive a breakdown each week.  They will be viewing Altaration: The Mystery of the Mass Revealed from Ascension Press. 

Ascension has given free access to a lot of great series until June 30.  Click for details:

Follow us on Instagram! @STMARKMSYM




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