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)
Dec 8,Mass times are 6:30 AM, 9 AM
and 7 PM
We now have an Advent feature on our APP. You will need to update your APP by touching the 3 lines at the top left then touch change parish and enter our zip code of 63123 then touch St. Mark Parish. I hope you like the Advent feature.
Saint Nicholas’ Story
The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to Saint Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. And yet, historically, we can pinpoint only the fact that Nicholas was the fourth-century bishop of Myra, a city in Lycia, a province of Asia Minor.
As with many of the saints, however, we are able to capture the relationship which Nicholas had with God through the admiration which Christians have had for him—an admiration expressed in the colorful stories which have been told and retold through the centuries.
Perhaps the best-known story about Nicholas concerns his charity toward a poor man who was unable to provide dowries for his three daughters of marriageable age. Rather than see them forced into prostitution, Nicholas secretly tossed a bag of gold through the poor man’s window on three separate occasions, thus enabling the daughters to be married. Over the centuries, this particular legend evolved into the custom of gift-giving on the saint’s feast. In the English-speaking countries, Saint Nicholas became, by a twist of the tongue, Santa Claus—further expanding the example of generosity portrayed by this holy bishop.