Shown above are our wonderful parish priests.
Father Ted Vitale, C.P. Non Resident Associaste, our pastor Rev. Msgr.Patrick K. Hambrough and Rev. Msgr. Charles J. Forst, Retired, in Residence.
We thank you for visiting our parish website. We hope the information available on this site is helpful to you. If you need additional information, please call us at 314.743.8600 someone will be more than happy to assist you.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic we offer a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Program a.k.a RCIA.. If you have been away from the Church and are interested in returning we offer a program called Catholics Returning Home a.k.a. CRH.
St. Mark Parish is a Catholic community of faith. Our desire is to build up the Kingdom of God by sharing our gifts of time, talent and treasure with our own parishioners and with those of the larger community. We invite everyone to join us in our many liturgical services, outreach ministries and social events.
To build our Catholic community as One Body in Christ, many of our parishioners – and many others in the area around us – get involved in some of our many parish organizations. These ministries provide opportunities to experience Christian learning, growth and community-building. They focus on many areas, including: Spiritual and Liturgical; Administrative; Christian Formation and Education; Youth; Community/World Outreach and Service; Social Groups; and Sporting Teams.
Our Parish Catholic School and Parish School of Religion (PSR) strive to educate our youth and to assist in their faith formation as Catholics.
We welcome you to St. Mark’s Parish and we invite you to visit our very active and very, blessed faith- based community. We invite you to grow with us in faith and service.
Christina Sanders, Ph.D. comes to St. Mark’s Parish with 16 plus years of experience in the area of Catholic religious education on both the parish and school levels. During these years she has ministered to the needs of adults and children at Our Lady of Sorrows (St. Louis), St. Michael the Archangel Parish and School (Shrewsbury), Villa Duchesne/Oak Hill School
(St. Louis), and St. Monica Parish (Creve Coeur).
In May 2004, Christina earned her doctoral degree in Public Policy Analysis and Administration from Saint Louis University. In March 2011, she received certifications to be an Elementary and High School Parish School of Religion (PSR) Coordinator as well as
Elementary and High School PSR Catechist (Religion Teacher) from Paul VI Pontifical Institute (Archdiocese of St. Louis).
Christina graduated from Notre Dame
High School (Lemay) and St. Stephen Protomartyr School (St. Louis).
On February 13, 2006, Christina adopted her son, Kenneth, from China. They along with her mother, Dolores Sanders, reside on The Hill and in St. Ambrose Parish. This fall, Ken entered 7th grade at St. Ambrose School.
Christina is an active parishioner at St.
Ambrose where she is a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, Vacation Bible School (VBS) Co-planner, and Athletic Association Board Member.
Christina is excited and humbled to join the Parish Staff as Pastoral Associate. She looks forward to meeting as many parishioners as possible during her initial days
and weeks. Please do not hesitate to contact her at 314-743-8604 or christinasanders@
|St. Mark Church||St. Mark School|
|8300 Morganford Rd||4220 Ripa Ave|
|St. Louis, MO 63123||St. Louis, MO 63125|
|314.743.8618 (fax)||314.743.8690 (fax)|
Sunday Masses: Sat. Evening: 5PM
Sun. Morning: 7AM 9AM 11AM,
Weekday Masses: Monday thru Friday 6:30 AM & 8:15 AM and Sat. 8:15 AM.
*During the School Year 8:15 Mass on Friday is at the School. All other masses are at the church
Holy Day Masses: 7PM (The Evening Before) 6:30AM, 7:30AM 9AM & 7PM (The Day of)
EFFECTIVE SUNDAY JUNE 5, 2016
Sunday Mass times are changing to:
7:00, 9:00 and 11AM
Saturday Mass will remain at 5:00PM
Please make a note of these new times for our Sunday Celebration of Mass.
St. Vincent de Paul was born to a poor peasant family in the French village of Pouy on April 24, 1581. His first formal education was provided by the Franciscans. He did so well, he was hired to tutor the children of a nearby wealthy family. He used the monies he earned teaching to continue his formal studies at the University of Toulose where he studied theology.
He was ordained in 1600 and remained in Toulose for a time. In 1605, while on a ship traveling from Marseilles to Narbone, he was captured, brought to Tunis and sold as a slave. Two years later he and his master managed to escape and both returned to France.
St. Vincent went to Avignon and later to Rome to continue his studies. While there he became a chaplain to the Count of Goigny and was placed in charge of distributing money to the deserving poor. He became pastor of a small parish in Clichy for a short period of time, while also serving as a tutor and spiritual director.
From that point forward he spent his life preaching missions to and providing relief to the poor. He even established hospitals for them. This work became his passion. He later extended his concern and ministry to convicts. The need to evangelize and assist these souls was so great and the demands beyond his own ability to meet that he founded the Ladies of Charity, a lay institute of woman, to help, as well as a religious institute of priests - the Congregation of Priests of the Mission, commonly referred to now as the Vincentians.
This was at a time when there were not many priests in France and what priests there were, were neither well-formed nor faithful to their way of life. Vincent helped reform the clergy and the manner in which they were instructed and prepared for the priesthood. He did this first through the presentation of retreats and later by helping develop a precursor to our modern day seminaries. At one point his community was directing 53 upper level seminaries. His retreats, open to priests and laymen, were so well attended that it is said he infused a "Christian spirit among more than 20,000 persons in his last 23 years."
The Vincentians remain with us today with nearly 4,000 members in 86 countries. In addition to his order of Vincentian priests, St. Vincent cofounded the Daughters of Charity along with St. Louise de Marillac. There are more than 18,000 Daughters today serving the needs of the poor in 94 countries. He was eighty years old when he died in Paris on September 27, 1660.He had "become the symbol of the successful reform of the French Church". St. Vincent is sometimes referred to as "The Apostle of Charity" and "The Father of the Poor".
His incorrupt heart can be found in the Convent of the Sisters of Charity and his bones have been embedded in a wax effigy of the Saint located at the Church of the Lazarist Mission. Both sites are located in Paris, France.
Two miracles have been attributed to St Vincent - a nun cured of ulcers and a laywoman cured of paralysis. As a result of the first, Pope Benedict XIII beatified him on August 13, 1729. Less than 8 years later (on June 16, 1737) he was canonized by Pope Leo XIII. The Bull of Canonization recognized Vincent for his charity and reform of the clergy, as well as for his early role in opposing Jansenism.
It has been reported that St. Vincent wrote more than 30,000 letters in his lifetime and that nearly 7,000 had been collected in the 18th century. There are at least five collections of his letters in existence today.
The feast day for St. Vincent, the patron of all charitable societies, is September 27.