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:6:30AM, 9AM & 7PM (The Day of)
Lenten Mass times will include a 5:30 PM Mass Monday through Thursday.
Many parishioners have expressed their appreciation for our new APP. It contains just about everything you may want to know about our parish including the daily mass readings and our bulletin. Check it out. If you have not downloaded the APP yet just text APP to 88202 and follow the prompts.
Saint Peter Damian’s Story
Maybe because he was orphaned and had been treated shabbily by one of his brothers, Peter Damian was very good to the poor. It was the ordinary thing for him to have a poor person or two with him at table and he liked to minister personally to their needs.
Peter escaped poverty and the neglect of his own brother when his other brother, who was archpriest of Ravenna, took him under his wing. His brother sent him to good schools and Peter became a professor.
Already in those days, Peter was very strict with himself. He wore a hair shirt under his clothes, fasted rigorously and spent many hours in prayer. Soon, he decided to leave his teaching and give himself completely to prayer with the Benedictines of the reform of Saint Romuald at Fonte
Already in those days, Peter was very strict with himself. He wore a hair shirt under his clothes, fasted rigorously and spent many hours in prayer. Soon, he decided to leave his teaching and give himself completely to prayer with the Benedictines of the reform of Saint Romuald at Fonte Avellana. They lived two monks to a hermitage. Peter was so eager to pray and slept so little that he soon suffered from severe insomnia. He found he had to use some prudence in taking care of himself. When he was not praying, he studied the Bible.
The abbot commanded that when he died Peter should succeed him. Abbot Peter founded five other hermitages. He encouraged his brothers in a life of prayer and solitude and wanted nothing more for himself. The Holy See periodically called on him, however, to be a peacemaker or troubleshooter, between two abbeys in dispute or a cleric or government official in some disagreement with Rome.
Finally, Pope Stephen IX made Peter the cardinal-bishop of Ostia. He worked hard to wipe out simony (the buying of church offices), and encouraged his priests to observe celibacy and urged even the diocesan clergy to live together and maintain scheduled prayer and religious observance. He wished to restore primitive discipline among religious and priests, warning against needless travel, violations of poverty, and too comfortable living. He even wrote to the bishop of Besancon complaining that the canons there sat down when they were singing the psalms in the Divine Office.
He wrote many letters. Some 170 are extant. We also have 53 of his sermons and seven lives, or biographies, that he wrote. He preferred examples and stories rather than theory in his writings. The liturgical offices he wrote are evidence of his talent as a stylist in Latin.
He asked often to be allowed to retire as cardinal-bishop of Ostia, and finally Pope Alexander II consented. Peter was happy to become once again just a monk, but he was still called to serve as a papal legate. When returning from such an assignment in Ravenna, he was overcome by a fever. With the monks gathered around him saying the Divine Office, he died on February 22, 1072.
In 1828, he was declared a Doctor of the Church.